We were invited to go to Nigeria by the Augustinian Fathers and in 1950 four sisters set sail. After a three week journey they landed in Lagos and made their way to Yola, Northern Nigeria, where our first Nigerian community was established. The sisters worked in the local hospital and in the mission school. This community still thrives today with sisters involved in teaching, pastoral work, health care and prison ministry.
We have two other communities, both in northern Nigeria – one in JOS, and one in TUNKUS, a rural village outside the town of SHENDAM. Our Jos community is a house of formation for young women who feel called to religious life. In Jos we welcome visitors from far and wide who are visiting Northern Nigeria. Sisters minister in the prisons, the remand home, the local parish, school and various local outreach programmes.
FINAL PROFESSION OF RELIGIOUS VOWS
In December 2014, we rejoiced and celebrate with Sr. Magdalene Cletus who made her FINAL PROFESSION of Religious Vows as an FMDM Sister. The ceremony was held in St. Mary’s Church, Yola.
FMDM Sisters in Nigeria also play a leading role in the Damietta Peace Initiative thus sharing our Franciscan Values of Peace and Reconciliation with the people of Jos and surrounding neighbourhoods. To read click: http://www.damiettanigeria.org
Our community in Tunkus has only recently opened. We have come here at the invitation of the Bishop of Shendam. The sisters are living and working alongside the local people whilst exploring how best we can serve this small community.
NEW MISSION HOUSE IN TUNKUS, PLATEAU STATE
There is great excitement and joy when three FMDM Sisters Judith Mwango, Nenlidang Gochin and Philomina Nyimkor began the arduous task of settling in our new Mission in Tunkus. They have no running water so they collect water from the main borehole in the village.
Tunkus is a village in the Shendam Diocese in Plateau State NE Nigeria. FMDM were invited to the diocese by the local bishop, Bishop James. The people of Tunkus were so delighted to have sisters in their community that the local chief lent us this house until we can build our own. While the sisters research where they can best serve in this area they have begun giving classes to some of the local children. The sisters also run adult literacy classes and are very involved in parish activities.
Contact Information for vocations:
Sister Lucy Bello FMDM
Yola, Adamawa State, Jos, Plateau State
We are pleased to announce that there are 15 FMDM Associates. Three made their First Commitment last year and this year, another 12 will make their First Commitment. The group meets regularly with Sr. Lucy Bello FMDM who is the Associate Coordinator for Nigeria.