My final religious profession is a dream come true. A journey of nine years was accomplished on the 27th day of August, 2016. It is a day I will live to remember. The day was pleasantly bright and cool. The Eucharistic celebration began by 11am at the Archangels Parish, Satellite Town Lagos. The celebration was graced by 17 priests and about 70 women religious of different congregations.
Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of Markudi Diocese was the chief celebrant. The Religious Sisters of Charity staff and Friends of Venerable Mary Aikenhead’s presence were evident at the occasion. The homily was superb and rich with challenging and encouraging words. The Bishop told the two sisters making their profession that their lives have been poured out as a libation for the service of the Lord’s poor, and by the virtues of the three evangelical counsel they professed, Poverty, Chastity and Obedience they are called to be united with Christ through the laid down rules of the Religious Sisters of Charity. The Bishop urged the parents of the professed sisters to support their daughters in their new lives as perpetual members of the Body of Christ as Religious Sisters of Charity. They should not expect them to provide for their family needs, build houses or buy cars for the family like other women in the circular society would do. Rather, the family should know that, they have embraced poverty as a life style, thereby no longer look to own things of the world. These words and many others stood out for me as the homily went on.
It was the most celebrated final vows I have ever witnessed. It was well attended; there were about four dancing groups who performed different steps. It was well organized and most of all, the liturgy was super. Families, friends and home parishioners of myself and Sr Maureen were happily present. The reception was at the Archangels’ church compound. I believe that Venerable Mary Aikenhead smiled from heaven that day, it was a day like her own day in 1816.
It is indeed remarkable to say that; “The Lord is faithful in all his ways and loving in all his deeds”. The rain began at night (11 pm) on 27th of August in Lagos and rained throughout Sunday the 28th of August, 2016. The rain waited until we finished and came back from the whole celebration. It was indeed marvelous in everyone’s eyes that day. It was a celebration of boundless joy for the two sisters Chioma and Maureen.
To God is the Glory.
Sr. Chioma Ezeh, RSC.