Mass of Thanksgiving: Sr Vivian Ukah

The Daughters of Divine Love are one of the new Religious Communities of sisters in the Archdiocese.

Like St Joseph, whose special year has been inaugurated by Pope Francis, Sisters are often in the background, quietly doing God’s work, making the world a better place.

On Tuesday 15 December, there was an opportunity to mark the contribution the Daughter of Divine Love Sisters make in the Archdiocese on the occasion of the retirement of Sister Vivian as Warden of St Teresa’s Court in Perry Barr, Birmingham. Sr Vivian has been the first Warden of the 42-unit supported housing facility there.

A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Aston, where the Sisters have a Convent. Fr Stephen Pimlott, Parish Priest, welcomed the Community for the occasion, and Fr Stan Nwanunobi, Nigerian Chaplain in the Archdiocese, concelebrated with Monsignor Daniel McHugh, who had been involved in the original invitation extended to the Sisters by Trident Housing.

The Mass of Thanksgiving was 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.

Photo album by Con McHugh

Sr Vivian Retirement Mass 11am 15th December 2020