Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima

Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima


Founded, Date/Place 13th Jan, 1965 Shendam, Nigeria
Founder Bishop John Reddinton
Canonical Status Diocesan Right
Motto Yes to Jesus through Mary
Charism Generous and spontaneous service to the Children of God. We aim to evangelize the people in ways that are deeply rooted in the Gospel values and our African culture, according to the signs and needs of the world to Christ nurturing the seed of the Word already present in every culture. To Actualize God’s Kingdom here on earth through Education, Medical and Pastoral/ Social work
Mission Statement We aim to evangelize the people in ways that are deeply rooted in the gospel values and our African culture according to the signs and needs of our times.
Purpose For the proclamation of the Good News through teaching, healing and caring ministry of Christ
Spirit Faith and Simplicity
Arrival date to Nigeria Founded in the Northern part of Nigeria on the 13th of January, 1965.


Sr. Florence Larai Golam, OLF
Superior General: Sr. Florence Larai Golam, OLF,

Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima Generalate
Off Metropolitan Avenue,
P. O. Box Tudun Wada, Jos.
Plateau State, Nigeria

Mobile: 08069742353,

Email: olfsisters@gmail.com

Our Apostolate

Spirituality:
Our Lady of Fatima Sisters' Spirituality is centered on Christ who has given us the injunction to 'seek first the kingdom of God' (Mt. 6:33). We inevitably draw inspiration from Mary our Mother and Patroness. Like her we seek the courage founded on faith and humility that will risk the unknown at the Father's bidding.

Information about Founder:
The Congregation of Our Lady of Fatima Sisters was founded by Bishop John Reddington of blessed memory. He was an Irish SMA and the first Bishop of Jos Diocese. Bishop John Reddington was born on 26th June 1910 in Ireland. He came as a missionary to Nigeria in 1954 and was consecrated and installed the first Bishop of the then Jos Diocese on April 10th, 1954.

Bishop John Reddington had great interest, zeal and love for the local Church. It was his desire to indigenize the Church in Jos Diocese in every way. This gave rise to his founding an indigenous female Religious Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima in 1965 to give a generous and spontaneous service to the people of God in a simple, cultural and yet faith- filled way.

Bishop John Reddington was popularly called 'J of Jos' by his SMA brothers. He was a man of prayer, a man of great faith and vision. He was blessed with the virtues of simplicity, detachment, deep trust in Divine providence and adaptability. These outstanding virtues enabled him to effectively handle some seemingly unsurmountable administrative difficulties of his office as a pioneer Bishop. Bishop John Reddington lived most part of his priestly and missionary life in the Western part of Nigeria. Bishop John Reddington was ordained a priest on the 10th of June 1934 and immediately sent to Lagos in Nigeria as a missionary the same year. He came up North when he was appointed Bishop in 1954. It was not easy for him coming to a place he knew nothing about, to lead a people and groups of priests that unknown and unfamiliar.

Bishop John Reddington took great risks in founding the Congregation. He, in fact, began the Congregation on the foundation of faith with no candidate and when asked, he said 'the Lord will bring the candidates'. The candidates came in as soon as he established the Congregation. Bishop John Reddington was blessed with a great sense of gratitude to God. He was ever grateful to God for all His mercies to him and for all that He has accomplished in and through him as a missionary.

The Scripture passage that inspired and guided his life and mission was (Matthew 6:33) " Seek first the Kingdom of God and every other thing will fall in line". This Bible text motivated him to seek and accomplish God's will. He was a faith-filled man of God, a description that forms the basis for our Charism and Spirit as Our Lady of Fatima Sisters.

Ministries/Apostolates: Our primary Apostolate consists in the witness of our consecrated life through our community living, our life of prayer and asceticism. Our way of life helps us to reach out to the poor, the sick, the ignorant and all who come to us seeking Christ.

We do this through:
♦ Teaching
♦ Nursing
♦ Catechesis
♦ Social work
♦ Direction of Lay Apostolate and
♦ Any other apostolic work which the Congregation, in consultation with the Diocesan Bishop, relying on the Holy Spirit speaking to us, through the needs of our times, considers useful and helpful to the growth of the Church.

Special contribution to the Church in Nigeria:
The Our Lady of Fatima Congregation is the First Indigenous Religious Congregation founded in the Islamic dominated North of Nigeria. Since foundation in 1965 they have worked tremendously to build and strengthen the foundations of Catholic faith laid by the early missionaries. They have so far spread to the three provinces of the North and are actively working in nine Dioceses in these provinces through the above named ministries/ apostolates.

Location of Generalate:
Tudun Wada Jos, Plateau State of Nigeria, West Africa Name of Places where we are for now we are: We are in Nigeria working in the following places Jos, Kaduna, Abuja, Lafia, Minna, Zaria, Kano, Jalingo, Shendam.

Nigerians working outside Nigeria: Nil

Location of Formation House(s:)

Postulancy House: Shendam in Shendam Local Government of Plateau State, Nigeria West Africa.

Novitiate House: Kuru in Jos South Local Government of Plateau State, Nigeria - West Africa.

Sisters in Perpetual Vows

  1. Sr. Martin de Porres Damen
  2. Sr. Mary Patrick Dimlong
  3. Sr. Mary Lucy Kudi
  4. Sr. Sarah Njoku
  5. Sr. Mary Nkechi U kah
  6. Sr. stella Nkem Ugwu
  7. Sr. Caroline Aliboh
  8. Sr. Mary Bulus
  9. Sr. Florence Golam
  10. Sr. josephine Marie Eke
  11. Sr. Lucy Gidado
  12. Sr. Beatrice Danladi
  13. Sr. Theresa Dung
  14. Sr. Irene Mary Miaphen
  15. Sr. Esther Shebi
  16. Sr. Mary Sidi
  17. Sr. Lucy Tanko
  18. Sr. Patricia Gyang
  19. Sr. Regina Utre
  20. Sr. Rhoda Enna
  21. Sr. Theresa Guzuma
  22. Sr. Grace Offo
  23. Sr. Bibiana Nyam
  24. Sr. Virginia Shuaibu
  25. Sr. Florence Dunkong
  1. Sr. juliana Bodang
  2. Sr. Rufina Gadongga
  3. Sr. jovita Egwu
  4. Sr. Magdaline Gotau
  5. Sr. Elizabeth Shikyil
  6. Sr. Rose Katung
  7. Sr. cecilia Agule
  8. Sr. Maureen Ahyuwa
  9. Sr. Comfort Ayavga
  10. Sr. Veronica Nkom
  11. Sr. Mary Goteng
  12. Sr. Janet Waziri
  13. Sr. Gloria Dabang
  14. Sr. Theresa Dawa
  15. Sr. Victoria Utaji
  16. Sr. Victoria Aholong
  17. Sr. Victoria Amana
  18. Sr. Patience Dala
  19. Sr. Christiana Archibong
  20. Sr. Pauline Moorkwa
  21. Sr. Hanatu Audu
  22. Sr. Josephine Shuaibu
  23. Sr. Martha Gofwen
  24. Sr. Rita Okoye
  25. Sr. Blessing Anzak

Number of Sisters in Temporary Vows – 17

Necrology

  1. Sr. Vincent de Paul Barau 13th May 1988