Inspired to incarnate the sentiments of Jesus both in prayer and in life, we consecrate ourselves in the educative mission rooted in the Memoria Passionis and we live it out in different forms of educational-pastoral service according to the needs of the persons and the exigencies of the socio-cultural and religious realities in the areas where we minister.
In our apostolate, we give particular attention to the poor and marginalized women, children, adolescents and youths, who are exposed to various forms of violence and exploitation.
Our Apostolate scope covers:
Pastoral works, Education, Medical and Social
Our Presence in Nigeria:
We arrived Nigeria in the Diocese of Ijebu-Ode in 2003. At present we have four communities; two in Ijebu Ode, the third at Ogbor-Ugiri in Okigwe Diocese and the fourth Ibadan in Ibadan Archdiocese.
One of the two communities in Ijebu-Ode runs an orphanage and is also involved in Formal education at the secondary school level. The second community is a formation house for the postulants. The third community at Ogbor-Ugiri runs a Nursery/Primary/Secondary schools. While the fourth community is at Ibadan, managing Ile alaafia home for the needy and the aged.
The formation house for the aspirants is located in Ogbor-Ugiri in Okigwe Diocese, while the formation house for the postulants is located in Ijebu-Ode. The novitiate is located outside the country in Tanzania at the moment. Please God in the nearest future we shall open a novitiate here in Nigeria.
Special Contribution to the Church in Nigeria:
There is a saying that ‘holiness does not consist in doing extra ordinary things but doing ordinary things in an extra ordinary way’. The Congregation in her ten years of existence in Nigeria may not have done extra ordinary things but she has strongly witnessed to the gospel by the extra ordinary manner in which she carried out many ordinary things. Thus, undoubtedly has contributed in her own little and simple way to the church in Nigeria and to the society in at large through the activities she engages in her apostolate.
First, her presence and service to the needy, the Congregation gives special attention to the poor, the marginalized the less-privileged, the orphans, the motherless and the abandoned children. The Congregation established a home that shelters the needy and takes care of their need psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, educationally, morally, economically etc. in order to protect them against various forms of violence and exploitation their situation exposes them to. We also have a distant help scheme called ‘Agatha Smeralda’ through which we help more than 150 children and youths who are really indigenes across the country. We look out for some individuals to sponsor them in school and take care of their welfare to certain extent. These people of goodwill have generously helped in sustaining this mission of love. This scheme has really helped a lot of poor people in the places where we work and thus putting a smile on their faces, hopes of survival and bright future given to many who are really helpless. To the glory of God it is worth noting that some of these children are grown up young adults doing very well in various tertiary institutions. Through the love and care shown to them some who were no Catholics from origin have embraced the faith out of volition. Similarly, we give love, care and life to the aged and the needy of our society.
Secondly we also engage in formal education apostolate from nursery to secondary levels, forming and pruning these young souls in an atmosphere of a holistic formation. A girl child formation is given a careful and special attention because an adage says; ‘when you train a boy you train an individual but when you train a girl you train the whole nation’.
Furthermore, we believe so much in grass root evangelization, thus we give special attention to education of women, youths and children living in villages e.g orita j4, j3, Egbe etc. in Ijebu-Ode Diocese, Ogbor- Ugiri in Okigwe Diocese etc. For example, not with-standing the economical challenge of a place like Ogbor-Ugiri the Congregation remains in this village serving the people from her meager resources because of her strong belief in grass-root evangelization in helping to uplift their standard of living through provision of a qualitative education. Moreover, we engage in pastoral work in parishes; in teaching catechism, working with the youths, children, women etc.
However, in order to make our presence felt among the people where we reside, we engage in home visitations which the people especially the non-Catholics and non-Christians sincerely appreciate as sharing their lives. However, in a quiet way the congregation has been taking care of a few young girls who fall a victim of teenage pregnancy, by encouraging, supporting and rehabilitating them, as it was the origin of Congregation’s existence. Similarly a few poor widows and marginalized have been supported and empowered for self sustenance.
At the moment we have 38 professed Nigerian sisters and two of the blessed memory. 21 sisters are working in Nigeria, 10 sisters working in Italy, 4 sisters in Tanzania and 3 sisters in Kenya. It is our utmost desire to keep spreading this mission of love to other parts of the Country.
Being a young Mission in Nigeria, we are still under Addolorata Province in Italy. And our Generalate is located in Rome, Italy. Meanwhile, our principal house at the moment in Nigeria is Antonieta Farani Children’s home community, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.