Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Sister Rose Ndianefo

Rose Ndianefo comes from Agulu in Anambra State of Nigeria. Born into the family of Patrick and Bridget Ndianefo on June 18, 1962, she is the third child in a family of ten children, with six girls and four boys. Her mother is still living; her father has gone to God. Inspired by the Sisters’ simplicity and love for the poor, Rose joined the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur of the Nigerian Province on April 8, 1989. She made her first vows on April 25, 1992 and her final vows in September 2003.

Before she joined the Congregation, she worked as a sales person, did farm work with her parents, and took care of her siblings. She helped organize Block Rosary children, and prepare some children in her parish for the sacraments. As part of her work as a legionary of Mary, she visited the sick and prepared altar girls.

As a postulant and novice, Sr. Rose taught catechism in the parishes and conducted Sunday services for the communities in the interior outreach. As a newly professed, she did volunteer work with sick children at National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu. She taught catechism at St Peter Parish Garriki, Awkunanaw, Enugu. From 1995-1996, she was an Acting Head Teacher at Our Lady of Mercy Nursery/Primary School Iva-Valley, Enugu. Although she loved the children, she did not feel called to teaching.

Sr. Rose’s desire to participate in Christ’s healing ministry and to reach out to those living in poverty led her to nursing in 1996, as a staff nurse and midwife. In 1999-2000, after midwifery training, she worked as a Staff Midwife at a diocesan hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, in Abeokuta, Nigeria. This experience enabled her to supervise labor and delivery activities as well as conduct a natal clinic for the pregnant mothers. From 2002-2007, she worked at Bishop Murray Medical Centre, Makurdi, in Benue State, Nigeria. As nurse manager, she coordinated and supervised the clinical activities including HIV/AIDs program at the Medical Center.

From 2008 to 2010, she ministered St. Julie Billiart Residential Care Center in Ipswich, MA, USA. This was a cherished experience in her love for nursing and the Sisters. While in the US, Sr. Rose took classes in basic math, English and fertility care. Now in Nigeria, she will continue nursing and help engaged couples with fertility awareness.

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