The good God continues to bless our Institute with vocations.
Initial and On-going formation
Our founder insisted that we take the period of formation very seriously. In one of his letters, he said, “if we are to have good African religious, they need a long solid training in obedience, humility and love of God, not in a lot of activities.” In another letter he made it clear that though he was “not despising numbers,” we have to “insist on quality, not numbers.” The Novitiate period is a period of learning, prayer, and recollection. The Novices are taught to gradually imbibe the spirit
of our Institute.
The period between the time a Sister makes her first profession of vows and final profession is the scholasticate period. However, before she makes her final profession of vows, she undergoes a one-year in-depth spiritual programme through studies and serious reflection related to the religious life. It is intended to help the participants become more mature Religious in the face of various challenges. Besides this period set aside for in-depth studies and reflection, holistic
formation continues throughout our lifetime. Hence from time to time our Sisters are asked to attend one seminar or the other, as the case may be.
Our founder, cognizant of the importance of education, wanted a Congregation of “educated African Sisters” (Founder’s letter, 1957). He continuously stressed the need for each Sister of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus to be well educated. Writing to one of the Superiors he said: “If I have any request, it is that you should urge on all the E.H.J. Sisters the necessity for study and give them all the facilities you can while insisting on the rule.” In another letter, he stated: “It is of firstimportance that they go forward in learning and not sink into ignorance. These Sisters must be intellectuals, they can’t be too much so.” He believed that with education the Sisters could be empowered to face the challenges before them. Acting according to the mind of our founder, therefore, our Congregation has a standing Formation Commission which sees to the professional training of our Sisters. Today many of our Sisters have been trained professionally in various fields both in Nigeria and abroad.
Presently, many of our Sisters are in tertiary institutions in Nigeria and abroad. Over the years our Sisters have benefited from the courses offered at some of the Pontifical Universities in Rome. At present, two of our sisters are studying at the Pontifical Universitas Urbaniana, Rome (Italy). We thank Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (Congregation for Propagating the Faith) funding agencies, and sponsors that have given us scholarships for studies.