It was a great reunion for the Sisters of St. Louis Nigerian Province having suspended the 2020 assembly owing to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown globally, including Nigeria. e General Assembly and debrieﬁng of the general chapter held in November, 2021 kicked oﬀ simultaneously in the three zones of the province, comprising the Northern zone in Gwagwalada, Akure and Ibadan zones in the South West of Nigeria.
The Abbe Bautain retreat and the Catechetical Centre, Ijebu Itele hosted the Ibadan areas, which had Sisters from Lagos, Ibadan, Ijio, Iseyin and the Republic of Benin as participants.
The debrieﬁng of the assembly coordinator by the Provincial leader, Sr. Christiana Kure discussed issues of the general chapter of the Congregation earlier held in Ghana in September. According to the delegates’ report to the chapter, among the far reaching recommendations for all, is to listen and respond to the ‘cry of the earth, the cry of the poor, ecological economics, adoption of a simple lifestyle, ecological education, ecological spirituality, and community involvement as contained in the Pope Francis’ Seven year “Laudato Si” platform.
The general assembly holds annually where the Sisters of St. Louis come together as one family to deliberate on issues aﬀecting the Congregation, review their goals and expectations as religious and to remind themselves of the mission entrusted to them by God as found in the gospel of St. John 17: 21 “at they may be one” and also their charism “Sint Unum” as an institute of religious body as well as their evangelical counsels; the vow of chastity, poverty and obedience.
This year’s programme began with opening prayer with all the Sisters present, led by the Provincial leader, Sr. Christiana Kure. e Sisters were divided into groups for the spiritual exercise of faith sharing, prayer sessions as well as discussions bordering on community life and mission.
In all, the area assembly was highly enriching, informative and educative, with each day starting with Holy Mass, talks, recreation such as riddles and jokes, march past, cultural display and drama.
Finally, the sisters were ‘missioned back’ to the world by the provincial leader, Sr. Christiana Kure with the Chapter document and the closing ritual backed with the words of God “at they may be one”.