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Sr. Juliet Duruanyaoha

Sr. Juliet Duruanyaoha, DDL

Sr. M. Juliet Duruanyaoha, DDL was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa. She comes from a family of ten, three brothers and seven sisters. As a young girl growing up in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, her family had to move to a village during the Nigerian civil war. This proved to be a challenge. Her convictions in the midst of adversity brought out the best in her. She gives credit to her family for their moral and educational support during her early school years. After her secondary education, she was employed as a teacher in a private school. With the support of her family, educators, and friends, she answered the call to religious life.

1983 was a challenging year in her life, especially after the death of her father. She found herself in deep conflict; she had to choose between marriage and answering the Lord’s call. After intensive prayers, amidst oppositions from her family, the will of the Lord prevailed. November 1, 1986 was one of the most important events of her life. Sr. Juliet was among fifteen Nuns chosen for First Vows in the Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Love (DDL), Nigeria. Her family, relatives, friends and parishioners were in full jubilation to celebrate the occasion.

Sr. Juliet spent ten years serving in the Secretariat of the Catholic Diocese of Issele-Uku, Nigeria, as the Bishop’s personal typist, payroll clerk, and the Bishop’s chapel sacristan. Working in such an environment gave her the courage and strength in her religious vocation. The Omnipotent God made it possible. To God be the glory. In 1993, she had her perpetual vows in the Community of the Daughters of Divine Love (DDL).

In May 1997, her Superior General asked her to come to the United States for missionary work. She first started in Chicago for two years before she was invited to the Diocese of Brooklyn as a Director of Religious Education. She attended St. Francis College and Baruch College, majored in Business Administration and Human Resources. Working in the United States as a missionary has provided her with so many opportunities to grow in her personal life and apostolic work.

November 1, 2011 marked her silver jubilee in religious life. This was another milestone in her religious vocation. It was a grand occasion and she was thrilled at what the Lord did for her. “One thing I asked of the Lord, for this I long, to live in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life, to savor the sweetness of the Lord, to behold his temple” [Psalm 26:4].

Her apostolate as a teacher aide and a Catechetical leader in the United States has tremendously helped her fulfill her dream of teaching little children and teenagers how good it is to know, serve, and love God.

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