Villa de Matel, the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas, was the setting for the recent book signing of Sr. Helena Adaku Ogbuji’s publication entitled, Dealing Effectively with Domestic Abuse: The Ministry of Reconciliation and Healing. Sr. Helena is the Director of Novices in Kenya for the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas (CCVI).
The book signing was hosted by the CCVI Congregation and attended by several of its Sisters from El Salvador, Guatemala, Ireland, Kenya and the U.S. The well-attended event opened with congratulatory remarks by Congregational Leader, Sr. Kevina Keating.
“We are proud to congratulate Sr. Helena on the completion of this publication on a timely topic. To ‘incarnate the word’ is very much aligned with being a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word,” she said.
Sr. Helena studied at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. Sr. Alice Mary Buckley, Assistant Congregational Leader, conveyed congratulatory remarks received from Sr. Helena’s advisor at Aquinas, Sr. Colleen Mary Mallon, O.P., Ph.D. Sr. Mallon wrote the forward for the book and expressed, “It is with great pride and pleasure that I send this note of congratulations to Sr. Helena (Adaku) for her wonderful achievement. Her courage and conviction in reflecting on how the Church in Africa might more effectively serve those women who suffer in their marriage relationships is a great step forward.”
Sr. Helena informed her guests of the importance of shedding light on domestic abuse in order to provide a method of healing for both victims and abusers. The book signing was followed by a reception and festive meal that included lively exchanges, more congratulations and celebration of Sr. Helena’s great achievement.
Sr. Margaret Bulmer, Director of CCVI’s Social Concerns ministry said, “The First Principle of Catholic Social Teaching is the dignity of each human person. Those who are abused have their dignity taken away and suffer immensely as a consequence. A book such as Sr. Helena’s will do much for many to bring about healing and restore a life of dignity to those abused. Congratulations Sr. Helena, well done.”