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Sister Henrietta Okeke, Professes Perpetual Vows

Tuesday, 08 October 2013


Sister Henrietta Okeke, PHJC professed perpetual vows in the Congregation of Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Poor Handmaid Sisters, Associate Community members, Fiat Spiritus Community members, family and friends attended the Mass and dinner in celebration of her commitment to God.  Sister Henrietta is a Poor Handmaid Nigerian Sister currently living and completing her studies at Bethel College in the United States.

Sister Judith Diltz, PHJC Provincial of the American Province had the honor of serving as the primary witness and representative of the congregation.  With prayerful joy Sister Henrietta professed her vows of obedience, chastity and poverty.  She asked for the deepening of God’s love, the support of the Church, and, as a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, to continue in the spirit of Blessed Catherine Kasper to respond to the needs of the day for the remainder of her life. 

Sister Judith Diltz responded, “We confirm that you, Sister Henrietta, are now one with us as members of this religious congregation of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, sharing all things in common with us for the future.” With that, Sister Henrietta received a standing ovation. 

Father John Zemelko, Father Mark Enemali, CSSp and Father John Eze were concelebrants at Mass. 

Congratulation Sister Henrietta!

Our vocation shows us . . . the path we should tread in the new year, namely to seek our loving God in greater perfection, to serve and to love Him more perfectly from one day to the next, from one week to the next, and from one month to the next.

-Blessed Catherine Kasper - Newsletter, December 1884