The Congregation of the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is a Religious Institute of Pontifical Right. Its apostolic spirit is one of total dedication of its members to God and their neighbor, rooted in their love of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, and expressed through the close following of Christ, the public profession of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience and the observance of these Constitutions. The aim of the Congregation is to promote the glory of God by bearing witness to the love which Christ has shown us by giving us Himself in the Eucharist. Specifically “the whole purpose of the Congregation is to have educated African Sisters — who can be a great
missionary power” (founders letter January 1957 and January 1947).
To achieve this end, the members shall look to their own salvation and greater perfection and shall engage in the evangelisation of their neighbors in ways conformable with the Religious State. All for the greater glory of God is that for which this Congregation exists. They sanctify themselves by ministering to Jesus Christ in the person of their neighbor, especially the poor, and by so doing they make Christ’s presence in the world meaningful to the people. This apostolic spirit should result from their intimate union with Christ, brought about by their daily devout Eucharistic Celebration, their adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and other quiet contemplation of their Eucharistic King. Seeing the world through the eyes of Christ, they will be more eager to share in Christ’s redemptive work and the spread of God’s kingdom.
The Spirit the Congregation is one of sharing the sentiments of Christ, when he gave us the Eucharist. Christ gave us the Eucharist in the Spirit of love, thanksgiving, praise and sacrifice to God. He asked us to celebrate this Eucharist in memory of Him. Therefore the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus on their own part try to live their whole life in this spirit. The Eucharist is the lasting sign of Christ’s sacrifice for man’s salvation. This saving act of Christ should make the Sisters willing to sacrifice themselves for others. In this way, they make the presence of Christ in the Eucharist felt in the world and draw people to closer union with God. The Eucharistic Heart of Christ is a Heart which reaches out to men and women in their need for concern, sympathy, love and help. Our members animated by these sentiments, likewise reach out to the people in their needs.
The Congregation is constituted under the Patronage of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. The feast is celebrated in our Congregation on Thursday after the feast of the Sacred Heart. The Eucharist is the source and exemplar of the members’ interior life and spiritual growth. As such the Sisters endeavor in their daily lives and work to be self-sacrificing, accepting trials and hardship in a spirit of reparation, and manifesting an attitude of praise and thanksgiving in all circumstances of their life.