Benue Region

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Holy Rosary Sisters in Benue
The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all those who encounter Jesus. A joy ever new. A joy that is shared.” Pope Francis.

 Benue Region, in the “Middle Belt” of Nigeria, lies south of the River Benue and stretches from Makurdi on the Benue to Idah on the Niger.                                                             d0f20052b0785b2c0dcafc464a47e09a                                                                                                    

Regional Headquarters: Holy Rosary Convent, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.
Regional Leader: Sister Franca Onyibor. Telephone: 00234 8032112542 Email: francanvc@gmail.com
Vocation Directress: Sister Sabina Mbalu. Telephone 00234 816 509 5030. Email: mbamalusn@yahoo.com

 

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About Us
Benue Region lies south and east of the River Benue between Makurdi, capital of Benue State, and Idah, in Kogi State.The Region was separated from Southern Nigeria in 1956 to allow for development. The first post-primary schools for girls in the whole area were Queen of the Rosary Secondary School, Gboko; Holy Rosary Teacher Training College, Adoka; andHoly Rosary TC Idah. In due course our past students took over the administration of these schools; Adoka and Gboko are now run by the Sisters of the Nativity, founded by the Holy Rosary Sisters.
Medical work included Grimard Hospital, Anyigba;  St Monica’s Hospital, Adikpo; Adoka Maternity Centre, Adoka; Mother and Child Clinic, Ankpa, with Primary Health Care Services reaching out to the surrounding areas. Diocesan Development Services in Idah served the farmers in Idah Diocese.
Our Ministries:
We continue our ministries in education and health care, pastoral care of youth and women, community development, and building bridges among the Christian and Muslim population.
We work in the Dioceses of Makurdi, Otukpo and Idah.

Makurdi Diocese: Regional Headquarters, Nursery-Primary School, Teaching, and pastoral outreach.
Agagbe: Clinic.

Otukpo Diocese: Holy Innocents Secondary Secondary School, Otukpo.

Idah Diocese: Ankpa: Mother and Child Health Clinic, Ankpa.
Efofe: Holy Rosary Clinic.
Anyigba: Grimard Memorial Hospital
Idah: Diocesan Development Services, teaching.

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Grimard Catholic Hospital, Anyigba Updating all the time.

Sisters Ene, Cecilia and Christiana have been working, together with their dedicated staff, to give the famous hospital a face-lift, and on September 29th 2018 Bishop Adaji, Bishop of Idah Diocese, came to bless the new and refurbished buildings.  These included the new gate-house and mortuary, and the formal renaming  of some of the wards.  Bishop Shanahan Ward was the first port of call, followed Sister Bertilla Ward, plus some others.  (Sister Bertilla was matron of Grimard for many years and is well-known throughout Igala-land).  The School of Midwifery had matriculation that day, and the foundation stone was laid for the new School of Nursing. 

May this blessing today extend to all who come to the hospital seeking healing and comfort.

 

Makurdi Diocese: Regional Headquarters, Nursery-Primary School, Teaching, and pastoral outreach.
Agagbe: Clinic.

Otukpo Diocese: Holy Innocetns Secondary Secondary School, Otukpo.

Idah Diocese: Ankpa: Mother and Child Health Clinic, Ankpa.
Efofe: Holy Rosary Clinic.
Anyigba: Grimard Memorial Hospital
Idah: Diocesan Development Services, teaching.

Mother and Child Health Clinic, Ankpa

In Ankpa, sadly, there are motherless babies too.  Women find it hard to pay the transport to come to the clinic for deliveries, and sometimes die in childbirth.  When this happens the wider family steps in to take care of the child, and the carer comes for support at the clinic.   Each month more than fifty motherless babies from the area come for vaccinations, health check, and food supplement, while we spread the message: Come in time, come and have your babies here in a safe environment. 

 

A joyful day:  Biliamu takes his first step at exactly nine months, with Sister Seraphine to hold his hand.

Below:  Little Joseph’s best friend:  his loving Grandmother.

 

 

Carers are glad to come  to discuss problems, get advice, and take home infant milk and food supplement.

 

 

 

Vaccination Day at Holy Rosary Clinic, Efofe.

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Holy Rosary Nursery and Primary School, Makurdi

Day Care

Nursery 1

 

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School Assembly

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Development

Yam-seed improvement and multiplication: farmer-centred advances in Benue and Kogi States and beyond.

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Yam improvement in Benue State

 

 

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Sister Nora with Professor Steve Morse and Footballer Daniel Omakachi, ambassador to youth for farming. 

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  Son of Benue State: kicking for Everton.  

Visit our Development Page to read more about yam improvement, and surveys of trees in Idoma and Igala land.

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Building peace between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.  Hatred cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
  Martin Luther King.

In Ankpa town where the population is shared between Muslims and Christians, Sister Franca works to draw people together.  In simple ways, like sharing the same water bore hole joyfully; in serious ways, like the peace workshop with Christian and Muslim Women leaders, see photos below.

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Below, Sister Franca with young people at a workshop in non-violent confrontation in Jos; with children in the  camp for internally displaced people in Yola, and with friend Mariam.

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“Whether or not I create the peace and reconciliation I want in the world, I want to die knowing that I lived with the integrity of trying.”  Miki Kashtan, Little Book of Courageous.

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 Wild Flowers of Benue

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