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The congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ) is celebrating ten years of service to Grenada.

The missionary congregation was started by foundress Mother Mary Charles Magdalen Walker RSC in Calabar, southern Nigeria in 1931.

According to an AEC Communications report, four Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus came to Grenada, December 3, 2009. Currently there are two Sisters still on the island—Sr Cornelia Darimaani and Sr Margaret Yamoah, Executive Director at New Life Organisation (NEWLO), a technical and vocational education and training institute which was headed by the late Bishop Emeritus Sydney Charles in 1984.

In addition, Sr Cornelia serves as the Administrator for Holy Cross parish at Munich, Battle Hill and De Blandeau all in St Andrew’s, Grenada.

The report mentioned that the HHCJ Sisters came to Grenada in 2009 at the invitation of Bishop Vincent Darius OP (deceased) and are resident at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Battle Hill.