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Requiem for “Oyinbo-Africa”
The requiem mass for Sr. Ann TIGHE a noble and humble Daughter of the Holy Spirit was celebrated on the 5th of January, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Hospital, Ipetumodu at 10am, in Nigeria.
Present at the mass were; His grace, Most Rev. Gabriel Adeleke Abegunrin; the Arch Bishop of Ibadan Acrhdiocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. John Akin Oyejola; the Bishop of Osogbo Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, represented by Fr. Michael Falade, Msgnr Lawrence Adesina, eight others priests, Daughters of the Holy Spirit sisters and associates, old and present staff of the hospital, friends and well-wishers.
Bishop Abegunrin in his opening remark said Sr. Ann was a personality worthy of emulation. She can never be forgotten since she lived her life for others especially the poor. She was a cheerful woman who often hid her own sorrow to make others joyful. He expressed his joy in naming the new ‘Ward’ after Sr. Ann TIGHE and encouraged all the sisters of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit to follow her example.
According to the homilist, Rev. Fr. Okodua, Sr. Ann TIGHE was a mother to him and all who encountered her. He said through her life of commitment to the care of the sick, sister strove to ensure that the hospital continue to be faithful to its foundational mission of ministering to the poor sick. She went where people viewed to be too far to reach lovingly and with a smile. Her smile would always attract people to her. He also said that she was a strong, selfless, devoted, determined and affectionate woman. He urged priests and religious to allow Sr. Ann Tighe’s life to challenge them to be committed and dedicated in God’s vineyard.
Sr. Monica Anyi, Vice Provincial of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, gave a brief biography of Sr. Ann TIGHE DHS... The chief celebrant and another priest gave a testimony of their lived experience with Sr. Ann TIGHE. All present had a light refreshment after the mass.
“Sr. Ann TIGHE, for us, daughters of the Holy Spirit who knew and lived with you, you were indeed for us a true daughter of "Marie Balavenne" in the mission. You were called “Oyinbo-frica” which means: “a white-african” since you spoke our local language, loved eating our food and were close to the poor and the deprived especially among the sick. You are a very relational person! ‘Iya Ann’, your life is like a ripe fruit being plucked by God, a rare gem... However, you linger on in our spirit. We miss you, but God loves you more than we do. "Sunre o iya" wa; sleep in peace, our mamma”
Sisters Seun Amulejoye and Mercy Aghahowa, for the Vice-province of Nigeria. Published January 9, 2019
Photos. - Priests and religious present. - Priests, religious and some lay faithful. - Sister Monica giving a brief biogarph of SisterAnn TIGHE. - The congregation during the mass.