By SISTER LUCY CLEMENT ETIM
For Sister Lucy Clement Etim, being a School Sister of
Notre Dame has blessed her with the richness of diversity,
broadened her world vision and shaped her perspective.
Sister Lucy, who is from Nigeria, made her first profession in
Ghana and currently lives in Kenya. Her first call to religious
life came during her first Holy communion in primary school.
“I felt a special call to dedicate my whole life to Christ
with an undivided heart and mind in service and deep
relationship,” Sister Lucy said.
“What drew me to SSND was the simplicity of the sisters
when I first met them; the way they interacted with us
touched me; the hospitality and the kind of education that
they gave to us helped bring out the potential in each one.
I was helped to gain a lot of self-confidence and share my
talents with others and not feel shy. That was a significant
moment in my life and I was touched and wanted to be like
them to help others, serving God in that way as an educator.
“Today, I feel glad to be a School Sister of Notre Dame
and minister with a world vision that the world can be
transformed through education. The challenge of living
religious life for me is to what extent I should be involved
in the world to serve and witness against the diseases of
secularization, consumerism and divisions.”
Sister Lucy teaches mathematics at St. Francis Girls Secondary
School in Kiptere, Kenya. Her responsibilities include
helping to coordinate the activities of the Shalom/Young
Christian Students club.