Sharing a Missionary’s Journey

Sister Jennine
Sister Jeannine greeting her audience.

Nigeria, Africa’s largest country, has been home away from home for Sister Jeannine Légère for the last 18 years of her religious life as a Daughter of the Holy Spirit. Over that period of time she has grown in her knowledge, love and appreciation of the Nigerian people and culture. 

Sister Jeannine, who is celebrating her 50th anniversary of religious profession this month, chose a picture perfect Monday afternoon to gather members of the Provincial House Community to share the latest events and happenings in her missionary life as these directly impact her ministry and the growth and advancement of the  DHS Vice Province of Nigeria.

Jeannine offered her fact-filled presentation garbed in a lovely typically Nigerian dress that she picked up at a local market recently and indicated how different cloths and materials are characteristic of the country and are used consistently to celebrate and mark important events in the lives of the people.

Sister Jeanninee
Sister Jeannine using projected photos to show new construction.

Sister spoke very enthusiastically about the progress the DHS have brought about in their efforts to educate the young through their high school years, stressing the importance of offering strong academic preparation for young women. The completion of a new secondary school tops the charts of accomplished projects as does also the construction of dormitory space for women and soon to come, for men as well, facilitating these students’ high school years and allowing them a true total immersion, wholistic educational experience that seeks to develop the academic, social and moral aspects of their young lives, a solid preparation for a successful life overall.

Sister Légère has worn many hats during her ministry in Nigeria. Currently she is responsible for formation and proudly describes this program that extends from candidacy through perpetual profession, approximately 10 years in all and looks towards the future and the new ‘recruits’ who present themselves annually. Jeannine states that “the Nigerian Sisters are hard working. They look to the future and are willing to do what they must to achieve their goals”. They engage in local and at a distance fund raising to cover their ongoing and capital expenses and are confident that they will become self-supporting within the not too distant future.

Sister Jeannine
Jeannine with 4 DHS Sisters who also ministered in Africa in the past. The banner advertises the new high school, Marie Balavenne’s Catholic College.

When asked what her immediate plans for her own life are, Sister responded that after 18 years it may be time to consider coming home. “We are not intended to be missionaries forever”, she added, “and when those we have served are prepared to take charge, then we must step aside and allow them to continue the mission, always the mission.”

Comments, questions and reactions may be addressed directly to Sr. Jeannine at legerjml@yahoo.com. More information on the DHS Mission in Nigeria may be found by clicking on our international pages of this web site.

 

 

 
 

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