We are a young congregation with fresh ideas and possibilities for the Church in Africa. We have special devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and strive in our own lives to recognize and embrace the sacrificial love of Christ and lead others to do so. Our life is one of prayer and service. We daily commune with God personally and in community. Contemplation and prayer are the sources of our strength. Together as one family of God we work for the realization of Jesus’s prayer: “That They May be One” Jn. 17:21
AS A SISTER
A young woman who desires to join our Congregation as a vowed member must be willing to give herself entirely to God in consecrated life. She must be willing to be involved in discerning the Holy Spirit through constant prayer and listening. She must desire to live a life of community and have the spiritual, emotional, psychological, social and intellectual qualities needed to progress in communitarian and apostolic life of the Congregation.
Initial contact beginning with getting acquainted with the Congregations through our vocation team, discernment process through retreats and workshops given by the vocation team. Selected candidates are expected to participate in “Live-in” experience at our postulants’ house.
Formation period consists in a continuing conversation of heart, a life-long deepening of her love and service of God and his people and an ever-increasing conformity to the image of Christ.
Our formation process begins with an 18 to 24 months period spent in our formation house under the guidance of a directress. This period called “Postulancy” is not part of religious life. It is a period of preliminary period directed toward transition from lay life to religious life. It affords the candidates and the Congregation a chance to discover whether she has a vocation to the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Membership in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus begins with the Novitiate period. During this period the novice is given a solid understanding of the religious life, taught the charism, patrimony, constitutions and rules of the Congregation and its special spirituality distinctively centered on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Novitiate formation affords the novice opportunity to acquire greater interior freedom and greater readiness or self-sacrifice in apostolic ministry.
Upon completion of Novitiate formation the novice makes a temporary profession of vows for one year and continues to renew these vows for five to six years. This stage of formation is to help the young sister deepen her spiritual life, develop her personality and broaden her apostolic horizons. She receives guidance through ongoing spiritual formation in the actual living out of her vows and apostolic ministry.
AS AN AFFILIATE
Lay Affiliation is a response to the call to live out a baptismal commitment within the context of a religious community and is open to men and women who share our commitment to the gospel values and. In collaboration with our religious congregation an affiliate makes a non-vowed commitment for the sake of the kingdom of God. He or she shares in some aspects of the spirituality and charism of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Affiliates commit to participating in the ministries of the Congregation. Through their lives and in their work places, they spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They make reparations for sins by the examples of their lives and encourage others to lead a life of holiness. They spread the love of the Sacred Heart through the various ministries identified by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart.
Conditions for Affiliate Membership
-An aspiring Affiliate must be baptized and practicing Catholic
-May not have join other religious affiliation group
-Undergo the Affiliate of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (ASSH) formation program before making a commitment
For more information contact:
SISTERS OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
SSH Generalate, P. O. Box 5521,
GPO 300001, Iguosa, Benin City, Edo State.
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