By Magdalene Akpan
In celebration of the year of Consecrated life the School Sisters of Notre Dame will be sharing their call to religious life. This stories have been published in our newsletter “Trust and Dare” visit http://www.ssnd.org/aboutus/new sisters for more stories.
SISTER MAGDALENE AKPAN
Professed July 2011
Sister Magdalene Akpan attributes her strong Catholic background with providing the incentive to listen and respond to the call to religious life. Growing up in the southern part of Nigeria, she was involved in different groups in her parish, which provided her opportunities to serve and evangelize.
“As a result, there was a growing desire in me to be more,”
Sister Magdalene said. “I had a quest for closer union with
God, for living with those who have this same desire and
also for reaching out in service to God’s people.
I believed the desire would be fulfilled in responding to the call to religious life.” In college, a friend introduced her to the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
“I fell in love with the spirit of the School Sisters of
Notre Dame from the first moment I was introduced to
the congregation,” Sister Magdalene said. “I felt a deep
resonance with their charism of unity and their ministry
of education. Also, the simplicity of the sisters, their joyful
and welcoming spirit and their having interest in people
were some of the attributes that attracted me during my first
meeting with the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
“I have enjoyed the support of sisters in community, which has helped me draw closer to God each day, which in turn
has given me the energy to be about the mission of Jesus Christ. Our internationality is also a great gift.” Sister Magdalene teaches agriculture and business studies in Sister Michaela Girls’ Secondary School in Kenya. She also is co-vocation director in Kenya.
“I am ready for all, since I propose to do nothing else but God’s holy will alone, which should be done in and with us.”
– Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame