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Bishop welcomes Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament of Onitsha (Nigeria) to the Diocese!


The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh is pleased to announce that with the permission of the Most Reverend Valerian M. Okeke, Archbishop of Onitsha (Nigeria), he has welcomed the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament of Onitsha (Nigeria) to establish residence and a headquarters for their Order in the United States at the Saint Alphonus Center in Wilson, effective May 15, 2016.  
The Superior General and foundress of the Order, Sister Catherine Okechuku, SBSN, will begin residence, along with two other consecrated Religious of the Order.  
Founded in 1995, in Onitsha, Nigeria, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament are an Institute of Consecrated Life of Diocesan Right, currently with 75 members of the community world-wide.  The charism of the Order is adoration of Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist and their apostolates are the production of sacred vessels and 
liturgical vesture, care of the elderly, the sick and the poor, as well as religious education.  Their motto is “God First”.  
Bishop Burbidge stated, “I welcome the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to the Diocese of Raleigh, especially as they establish their headquarters in the United States.  The Sisters bring great joy to all those they encounter as they exercise their apostolates, especially to those who are ill and most in need. Most importantly though, I welcome their charism of prayer, as this is essential for us to exercise the mission of Christ in our Diocese, as we attend the many pastoral and spiritual needs of all those entrusted to our care here in eastern North Carolina. Please join in welcoming the Sisters as part of our Diocesan family and in praying that Our Lord may bless their community with an increase in vocations to the consecrated life, especially from our Diocese.”