(Nigeria) The Redemptorists in Nigeria had a farewell celebration for Sr. Brid Greville, RSC on November 5th, 2020. There were about 20 Redemptorists and a few guests at the small farewell party at the Liguori House retreat center. In her 27 years of service in Nigeria Sr. Brid had known and worked very closely with the Redemptorists. As testimony to her generous missionary collaboration with the Redemptorists she was given a special recognition at the Redemptorists celebration held at the same venue in 2019.
Sr. Brid hails from Dublin in Ireland. She came to Nigeria in 1993 at the age of 43 and for the first 14 years of her stay in Nigeria, she worked in close collaboration with the Redemptorists. She would later work in Warri diocese, for 3 years, in Portharcourt diocese for 3 years and finally settled in Ibadan for the last 7 years of her work in Nigeria. Her impact was tremendously felt in each of these dioceses where she worked.
Sr. Brid was responsible for building a catechetical structure for the archdiocese of Lagos in the mid 90s. The Redemptorists were the first beneficiaries of her brilliance even before she offered her services to the archdiocese. She was the director of Religious education at Archangels Parish, Satelite town. She is the author of many catechetical books renowned for the simplicity of their format for teaching the Catholic faith to the people of different stages of development. Her methods of catechizing has been adopted by the dioceses mentioned above, where she spent most of her time here in Nigeria.
At 73 she received a new mission. She has been missioned to Zambia as a member of an international formation Community of her Congregation. Our Archangels parish still enjoys a good pastoral collaboration with her sisters, the Religious Sisters of Charity. Sr. Brid will be sorely missed by all whom she has worked with and for in Nigeria. We, the Redemptorists have come to know and love her as our ‘granny’.
We wish Sister God’s blessings and an abundance of joy as she continues her missionary endeavors.
Fr. Godwin Abbah, CSsR