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SNDdeN named Nigerian Chief

By Sr. Jacinta Ojilimmobe, SNDdeN

Julie Atkinson Annette Priscilla AliuAt a celebration which began with a Eucharistic Liturgy in Enugu, Nigeria on November 25, 2017, the Catholic Institute for Development, Justice and Peace (CIDJAP) named Sr. Annette Sullivan, SNDdeN a Nigerian chief. The vicar general of Enugu Diocese, the Very Rev. Msgr. Luke Adike officiated at this liturgy.

During the homily, Fr. Chinedu Anieke, the new director of CIDJAP described Sr. Annette Sullivan as one who has the characteristics of a real missionary. With her faith, humility, and openness, she accepts inconveniences, endures hardship in the country, promotes peace. 

Reverend Msgr. Prof. Obiora Ikeh, the Founder of CIDJAP crowned Sr. Annette as Chief Ifeomadinuwa, which means “goodness in the world” or Chief Ifeomachineke which means “God’s goodness.” Msgr. Ikeh noted that the title given to Sr. Annette came from the inscription in French on the back of our ND cross: How good is the good God! Other chiefs, especially Chief Olunagbo, our Sr. Julie Ambrose Atkinson, SNDdeN, joined in praising Sr. Annette.

Msgr. Obiora Ikeh unveiled The Missionary We Saw, a book written in Sr. Annette’s honour. This Catholic Institute (CIDJAP), awarding a special gift to Sr. Annette, presented a new car to the Nigeria Province of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Entertainment by a cultural dancing group, presentations by some of our pupils from Ugwuomunike and also from a school in Nwannedinamba added to the festivities of the day!

Some Sisters, invited guests, dignitaries and students from a school where Sr. Annette had been principal joined in the celebration. 

Pictured: Sisters Julie Ambrose Atkinson (Chief Olunagbo), Annette Sullivan, and Priscilla Alilu (Leadership Team) at the Liturgy.