The Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus





Archbishop Leo Taylor, SMA began our congregation in Nigeria, in 1943.  He was responding to the need for a religious institute of African women. The charism of our congregation is one of sharing the sentiments of Christ when he instituted the Eucharist- love, thanksgiving, praise and sacrifice. 







The primary end of the congregation is for the glory of God and sanctification of the members as they bear witness to the love of Christ in instituting the Eucharist. The members achieve this end by observing the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience and in the service of their neighbour. The sisters carry out this service through different works of the apostolate such as-teaching, social work, medical, pastoral etc. 



The congregation started with five postulants and presently there are about 200 sisters ministering in Nigeria, USA and Canada.  There are more than 20 candidates in formation. The congregation attained a pontifical status in 2008. The mother house is situate in Lagos, Nigeria with Sr. Mary Agatha Osarenkhoe as the current superior general.  






The intention of our founder was that we become missionaries. In 2000, this was realized when the congregation opened a house in the Archdiocese of Halifax at the invitation of Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ.  Sisters Joana Madu and Anne Marie Ezenwa were sent to pioneer this project. The sisters immediately opened their convent to the people for Mass, adoration and hospitality. A community has evolved over the years and the convent has served as a meeting place for people from across the diocese.



Excerpts of Experience with the Sisters

“..All are welcome into the sister’s hearts and home. They treat us as a family and have become family to us. We are welcomed to share prayer, friendship and always food on Saturday morning as well as other times. We thank God for sending such a gift into our lives.”

Bob & Sharon Power

 “… it became apparent to me what a complete gift the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus are to our community.  These women nurture our faith community in countless ways, and on a night when so many of us were heavy hearted, they brought life, light and joy to us. They are the quiet backbone here at St. Michael’s and we hope to have you here for another ten years!”

Tanya Rogerson