Personal sanctification and salvation of the members through the observance of the evangelical counsels and bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to the poor and needy through practical charitylogo

Founded, Date/Place:  19th March, 1983 At Nekede Owerri

Founder:   Very Rev. Fr. Denis Mary Joseph Ononuju, CSSp

Canonical Status:  Diocesan Right, 24th June, 1997

Motto:  “I Shall Gladly Spend And Be Spent For The Poor”

Charism:  “Love Of God And Neighbour”

Mission Statement: To Re-Model Our Lives On The Holy Family Of Nazareth And The Early Christian Community Where Love, Unity, Understanding, Acceptance, Trust And Peace Drowned All Individual Human Differences, Selfish Likes And Dislikes.

Purpose:  Safeguarding The Rights Of The Unborn Child And To Undertake The Pastoral Care Of The Poor And The Needy

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Superior General: Mother Mary Michael Okafor, HFSN

Holy Family Sisters of the Needy Generalate
P.O. Box 250, Aguata L.G.A.
Anambra State

MOBILE: (+234) 803-781-7856,


Our Apostolate

Holy Family Sisters Of The Needy
Is a religious institute that was founded in the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri on 19th March, 1983 by Very Rev. Fr. Dennis Mary Joseph Ononuju, CSSP. Prior to the inception of this religious institute, Our Fr. Founder who was then the parish priest of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Owerri devoted much of his time to care for, feed and cloth the poor and destitute people around him. His life-long care for the poor and people in difficult condition was heightened by the plight of South Easterners of Nigeria in the post civil war. The predicament manifested in extreme poverty, hunger and starvation, unwanted pregnancy through rape, ignorance and quest for sheer survival. Abandonment of babies and child abuse etc. were rife.

It was in the bid to alleviate the problems of the poor that our Fr. Founder felt moved by the Holy Spirit to found the congregation of the Holy Family Sisters of the Needy in order to attend to the victims of some of the societal ills as mentioned above and the less privi leged by alleviat ing thei r immediate problems, help them to be self-reliant and thus offer them opportunity for a brighter future. Beyond this, the sisters assist them to work for their salvation and love Christ who is poor. Consequently, the Holy Family Sisters of the Needy run centres and homes to shelter, cater for and rehabilitatethe motherless, the poor, the destitute, orphans, handicapped, homeless aged men and women, teenage unwed mothers and girls in difficult situation.

Since the inception of this institute, it has successfully rehabilitated more than one thousand (1000) young people. Beyond this, the members of the institute embark on medical and educational services, which aim at assisting their clients and others in need. The work, which our Founder started in the South Eastern Nigeria, has spread to other parts of the country and beyond.

The Charism
of the Institute is to safeguard the rights of the unborn child, rehabilitate the unmarried mothers, pastoral care to the Poor and Needy, to alleviate their problems with particular attention to their spiritual well-being.

The Spirituality
of the Institute is that of St Theresa of the Infant Jesus: Simplicity and child-like confidence in our loving God.

I shall gladly spend and be spent for the poor and needy.

Our Commitment:
As members of the Holy Family Sisters of the Needy, we strive to grow in a deeper love relationship with God through personal and communal prayer and through our vows of celibate chastity, poverty and obedience. We generously serve God’s people especially the poor and needy being aware that we, too, are among the needy people of God who depend on His Divine Providence. We share our gifts, our vision, prayer, life and love with one another through our communal life We make all we doa Work of evangelization: proclaiming the good news, forming Christian community, and contributing to the transformation of the human society in whose life we share.

Mission Statement:
To alleviate or at least to reduce to the barest minimum the hopeless and inhumane conditions of the poor and the needy by caring for them both spiritually and materially, and helping them as much as possible to become self-reliant so that Christ’s message of salvation can easily and truly penetrate and permeate their lives.

The apostolate of the institute is of two fold; internal and external. The internal consists in helping the members to achieve holiness of life and to bear true witness to a life consecrated to God while the external apostolate is the practical works of charity directed to other people especially the suffering poor and destitute of the society.

The institute has made tremendous contributions to the Church in Nigeria in many facets especially in the area of pro-life apostolate, rehabilitation of young girls in difficult situations, assistance to numerous helpless children, Education of the young, pastoral services, catechesis and evangelization, spiritual and material assistance to the poor and needy people of God. The sisters ensure that the lives of the unborn child who would share in the mystical body of Jesus after birth through baptism are safeguarded. Besides, the members are committed to helping their clients gain salvation, become true members of the body of Christ and witnesses of the gospel.

Sisters In Perpetual Vows

  1. Sr. Rev. Mother Mary-Michael Okafor
  2. Sr. Mary Vincentia Opara
  3. Sr. Innocentia Emenogu
  4. Sr. Chidera Ohamara
  5. Sr. Chinedum Joachim Nwadike
  6. Sr. Jude Mary Nwachukwu
  7. Sr. Mother Assumpta Mariet Ogu
  8. Sr. George Chiemeka Nwaribe
  9. Sr. Mary Raphael Iwuagwu
  10. Sr. Maria Joannes Uzoma
  11. Sr. Mary Joseph Ogbuokiri
  12. Sr. Uchechukwu M. Patrick Onukafor
  13. Sr. Mary Ihunanya Josephine Nwaogwugwu
  14. Sr. Ifeoma Okorougo
  15. Sr. John M.Vianney Metuamara
  16. Sr. Bernadette Regis Nnadozie
  17. Sr. Stella Maris Akalawu
  18. Sr. M. Stephane Nkechi Anunonwu
  1. Sr. M. Laurenti Ezeama
  2. Sr. M. Annunciata Nworah
  3. Sr. M. JohnPaul Chukwuonye
  4. Sr. Mary Paul Abanuka
  5. Sr. M. Sylvia Diala
  6. Sr. Francis Catherine Okoroji
  7. Sr. M. Judith Okoro
  8. Sr. M. Petra Ogwurumba
  9. Sr. M. Anthony Ugwu
  10. Sr. M. Gabriella Unanka
  11. Sr. Maria Goretti Onyeabor
  12. Sr. M. Bernard Oleh
  13. Sr. De. Montfort Onyekachi Udeozor
  14. Sr. M. Valentine Chinelo Okafor
  15. Sr. M. Aloysuis Mbanefo
  16. Sr. M. Evangeline Ajuzieogu
  17. Sr. M. James Laudate Muoneke
  18. Sr. M. Ogechi Osuagwu
  19. Sr. M. Caritas Umeh
  20. Sr. M. Eucharistia Obinali
  21. Sr. M. Brigid Ironuma
  22. Sr. Clare Marie Ukaegbu
  23. Sr. M. Paschal Mbah
  1. Sr. Miriam Innocentia Ezirim
  2. Sr. Thecla Okoroafor
  3. Sr. M. Paschaline Uzochukwu
  4. Sr. M. Catherine Anih
  5. Sr. M. Angela Nworah
  6. Sr. Maria Benigna Chilaka
  7. Sr. M. Chimtuwa Eluwa
  8. Sr. M. Immaculata Ugo
  9. Sr. Philip Mary UbahF
  10. Sr. M. Benedicta Akala
  11. Sr. M. Trinitas Ngu
  12. Sr. M. Fortunatus Nwaoku
  13. Sr. M. Genevieve Chukwu
  14. Sr. Charles Maria Emechebe
  15. Sr. M. Vitalis Iwuoha
  16. Sr. Chinyere Martha Okaforu
  17. Sr. Jose Maria Anyanwu
  18. Sr. Yvonne Marie Nwankwo
  19. Sr. Ancilla Maris Obiefule
  20. Sr. M. Chidalu Mbajiorgu
  21. Sr. M. Lucy Mbamara
  22. Sr. M. Felicitas MaduabuchiF
  23. Sr. M. Aloysia Enyinnaya
  24. Sr. Maria Rosa Ezeanyika
  25. Sr. M. Cajetan Azuama
  26. Sr. M. Seraphima Iroegbu
  1. Sr. M. Veritas Opara
  2. Sr. M. Cosmas Nnadi
  3. Sr. M. Yves Okechukwu
  4. Sr. Mariae Magdalena Oby. Okoye
  5. Sr. M. Perpetua Ezika
  6. Sr. Therese Marie Okafor
  7. Sr. M. Theophilia Agusibe
  8. Sr. M. Jose Rita Anih
  9. Sr. M. Jane Frances Obasi
  10. Sr. Domcordis Egbuna
  11. Sr. M. Joan Ejimnaka
  12. Sr. M. Damian Nwafor
  13. Sr. M. Augusta Ihekwoaba
  14. Sr. Thomas Mary Onuorah
  15. Sr. M. Stephena Dede
  16. Sr. M. Christophine Udenkwo
  17. Sr. Isidore Nkwocha
  18. Sr. Henry Udodike
  19. Sr. Immaculate Ozoigbo
  20. Sr. M. Barbara Esonwune
  21. Sr. M. Elvis Martin Duru
  22. Sr. M. Bernadette Nwaghodo
  23. Sr. M. Rosita Nwanedo
  24. Sr. M. Monica Obidinala
  25. Sr. M. Euphrasia Ihesie
  1. Sr. M. Euphrasia Ihesie
  2. Sr. Terese Benedicta Nwankwo
  3. Sr. M. Noeleen Ike
  4. Sr. M. Epiphania Evuleocha
  5. Sr. M. Scholastica Ezeofor
  6. Sr. M. Florence Tanwa Anepo
  7. Sr. M. Faustina Ojimba
  8. Sr. M. Casmir Opara
  9. Sr. Prudencia Ahanonu
  10. Sr. M. Chukwuemeka Nduka
  11. Sr. M. Chimbuoyim Uzodinma
  12. Sr. Maximillian Kolbe Ughanze
  13. Sr. RoseMary Asogwa
  1. Sr. M. Dymphna Maduforo
  2. Sr. Mary Stella Ufoagbala
  3. Sr. Stellina Iwuanyanwu
  4. Sr. M. Calista Nwanedi
  5. Sr. Maureen Chukwu
  6. Sr. M. Consolatrice Onyiluka
  7. Sr. M. Theresa Okoli
  8. Sr. M. Nicolette Uzodike
  9. Sr. Chibuonum A. Ifeoma Onyebuchi
  10. Sr. M. Pauline Ezeonyi
  11. Sr. M. Eudes Nkwo
  12. Sr. M. Jose Vera Obinwa
  13. Sr. M. Frances Ifeanyichukwu Onwuka
  14. Sr. M. Eric Amarachi Uzor
  15. Sr. Modesta Nzubechukwu Elobuike
  1. Sr. Tobenna Ibeawuchi
  2. Sr. M. Ngozichukwuka Onyeocha
  3. Sr. Maura Ejemson
  4. Sr. Valeria Chinelo Ezenwa
  5. Sr. Chimdiebere Ezeh
  6. Sr. Jacinta Onwuama
  7. Sr. Leocritia Udeh
  8. Sr. Emmanuela Ejesieme
  9. Sr. Chetachukwu Ndibe
  10. Sr. Lydia Maris Obodo
  11. Sr. Claudia Onyewuchukwu
  12. Sr. Claret Ndubuisi
  13. Sr. Chinemerem Anyaebosim
  14. Sr. Mary Chibueze Igboaso
  1. Sr. Mary Justina Aransiola
  2. Sr. Leo Marie Ngozichukwuka Meze
  3. Sr. Miriam Felicity Okechukwu
  4. Sr. M. Udonna Onike
  5. Sr. M. Kenechukwu Akabueze
  6. Sr. M. Sochimaijem Anekwe
  7. Sr. M. Chibundum Ezeifeka
  8. Sr. Clementina Efifie
  9. Sr. Chizoba Anuniru
  10. Sr. Mary John Okereafor
  11. Sr. Olachi Augusta Ewurum
  12. Sr. LuciaMaris Okeke
  13. Sr. Olivia Akaire

Number Of Sisters In Temporary Vows – 43


  • Sr. Augustine Ossai 15th Dec., 1999
  • Sr. Emmanuel Ubah 27th Dec., 2007
  • Sr. Ignatius Nwokeyi 14th July 2010
  • Sr. Chiazagom Margaret Mary Arinze 25th June, 2013
  • Sr. Chisom Mary Magdaleen Egbujor 24th Sept., 2016