By Ononye VC
Recently at Nkpor near Onitsha,the Superior General,Religious Institute of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Mother of Christ,Rev Mother Mary Claude Oguh,commissioned two imposing buildings erected to accommodate the religious institutes’ upgraded College of Health Science and Technology and new extension of the Conference and Renewal Centre.
The event which took place at the Madonna Retreat and Conference Centre,Nkpor began with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Rev Fr Prof B A C Obiefuna who was assisted by Rev Fr Paul Onyebuchi and Rev Fr Dr Edwin Udoye.
Delivering a homily,the Executive Director of Justice Development,Peace and Caritas Commission (JDPC)Archdiocese of Onitsha,Very Rev Fr Edwin Udoye commended the Immaculate Heart Sisters for erecting such huge projects inspite of the hardship in the country and the limitations placed on the entire world by Coronavirus.
According to Fr Udoye, erection of such projects are part of the call to be witnesses to Christ through evangelization and contribution to economic development. Fr Udoye said erection of the huge structures signified a lot of hard work and discipline by the sisters and the Superior General in particular.
In her remarks later,the Superior General,Rev Mother Mary Claude Oguh expressed gratitude to the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha for his support, encouragement and assistance to the Institute.
Mother Oguh said erection of the facilities was part of the Institutes’ numerous contributions to humanity.
She said students of the school were privileged as the School of Health Science would soon be elevated to a College of Health Science and Technology with a bigger status.
Some other Sisters who supervised the project spoke on the necessity and viability of the project which point towards enhanced education of the youths and better facility to promote hospitality and relaxation.
The Rev Sisters are,the Head of school and Coordinator, Archbishop Charles Heerey College of Health Sciences,Sr Dr Ugochukwu Ozor and Sr Maria Chinecherem Uzonwanne.
It would be recalled that the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev Valerian Okeke laid the foundation stone of the projects.