The Archdiocese of Birmingham took the opportunity just before Christmas to pay tribute to the work of one of its hard-working religious sisters as she marked her retirement from a key role in the city.
Sr Vivian Ukah is a member of the Daughters of Divine Love, one of the new religious communities of sisters in the archdiocese, and on Tuesday, 15th December, a Mass of Thanksgiving was held in Sacred Heart Church, Aston, where the sisters have a convent, to mark her retirement as Warden of St Teresa’s Court in Perry Barr, Birmingham.
Sr Vivian was the first warden of the 42-unit supported housing facility there.
Fr Stephen Pimlott, parish priest, welcomed the community for the occasion. He was joined by Fr Stan Nwanunobi, Nigerian chaplain in the archdiocese, and Mgr Daniel McHugh, who had been involved in the original invitation extended to the sisters by Trident Housing.
The Mass was also attended by Sr Emilia Awum, superior of the Daughters of Divine Love in the UK, and members of the community.
Sr Vivian’s success has led to the housing association seeking to extend the collaboration with the sisters. Trident was represented at the Mass by Housing Manager Kai Yee Tung, together with members of Sr Vivian’s team.
Frederick Slater, a former chairman of the Board of Trident, made a presentation to Sr Vivian at the Mass and thanked her for the important work she had done as the first Warden.
Sr Vivian thanked all who had supported her in her role as warden, and her community in particular.
Like St Joseph, whose special year has been inaugurated by Pope Francis, sisters of the Daughters of Divine Love are often in the background, quietly doing God’s work, making the world a better place.
Picture: Sr Vivian Ukah (centre) with other members of the Daughters of Divine Love.