DAUGH­TERS OF DI­VINE LOVE

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COM­MU­NITY HISTORY

AT THE re­quest of the Rt Rev Msgr Richard Al­bert, then Epis­co­pal Vicar of the Epis­co­pal Vi­cari­ate of St Cather­ine, and with the per­mis­sion of the late Arch­bishop Lawrence Burke, SJ, the Daugh­ters of Di­vine Love (DDL) com­mu­nity was opened in Span­ish Town, St Cather­ine (Arch­dio­cese of Kingston Ja­maica).

The com­mu­nity was opened with three pi­o­neer mem­bers: Sr Loius Therese Njoku, Sr Mary Vi­vian Uzoa­maka Akaenyi, and Sr Mary Doris Osondu. On Septem­ber 1, 2010, Sr Louis Therese Njoku was trans­ferred to the Dio­cese of Mon­tego Bay, while on Septem­ber 22, 2010, Sr Doris­mary Enek­wem­chi came to re­place Sr Loius Therese Njoku.

At present, there are three Sis­ters in this com­mu­nity: Sr Doris Mary Enek­wem­chi, Sr Mary Vi­vian Uzoa­maka Akaenyi, and Sr Mary Doris N. Osondu.

The Sis­ters are en­gaged mainly in school and pas­toral apos­to­late and cat­e­ch­esis.

ORI­GINS OF THE DDL

The Daugh­ters of Di­vine Love Con­gre­ga­tion, a pon­tif­i­cal and in­ter­na­tional or­der of re­li­gious women, was founded by Bishop God­frey Mary Paul Okoye, CSSP, on July 16, 1969, in Nige­ria, dur­ing the ag­o­nis­ing and rav­aging Nige­ria-Bi­afra war. The death of the founder, barely seven years af­ter the found­ing of the con­gre­ga­tion, put its sur­vival in ques­tion. How­ever, the con­gre­ga­tion only con­tin­ued to grow and thrive.

By God’s mercy, this mus­tard seed, DDL, has grown into a big tree, and to­day, we have more than 900 Sis­ters min­is­ter­ing in 15 coun­tries around the world. The mem­bers pro­nounce the pub­lic vows of chastity, poverty and obe­di­ence, and ded­i­cates her­self to con­tem­pla­tion and apos­tolic work. The con­gre­ga­tion, recog­nised by the blue veil, serves in the fol­low­ing coun­tries:

Africa: Cameroon, Gabon, Kenya, Mali, Nige­ria, Sierra Leone and Tchad.

Europe: Eng­land, Ger­many, Italy, Switzer­land, France, and Bel­gium.

Amer­i­cas: Cuba, Ja­maica, Haiti, the United States.

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