By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Saturday, March 28, 2020.
The Mother General of St John The Evangelist and Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation of the Diocese of Mamfe and the new head of the Bamenda Metropolitan Archdiocese have settled on a low-key burial for a deceased Reverend Sister.
Rev. Sr. Jane Mary Sunjo Diyla died early Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the Mamfe District Hospital in Cameroon’s Manyu Division, South West of the country and is being buried, Saturday, March 28, 2020.
National Telegraph gathered that both Rev. Mother Nathalie Cecil Kanse, and His Grace Andrew Nkea now heading the Bamenda Archdiocese and also Apostolic Administrator of the Mamfe Diocese where he had just left as Bishop agreed to allow a maximum of fifty persons at the funeral.
Contrary to the huge crowds of friends, family members, colleagues, and Christians who usually attend funerals of those bound by monastic vows, only fifty persons will attend Sr. Sunjo’s, sources from her congregation told National Telegraph, citing Coronavirus.
The congregation is respecting recommendations from health experts that social distancing is respected, a Reverend Sister said, adding that they thought the church authorities were going to further lower the number of attendees.
As at 7:15 GMT+1, authorized attendees had already converged on the Mamfe District Hospital Morgue to remove Sr. Sunjo’s corpse, an on-the-spot National Telegraph secret stringer confirmed.
The sister of St John The Evangelist and Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation of the Diocese of Mamfe, born on June 29, 1987, died at 33, will be buried at the St Joseph’s Cathedral Cemetary for Priests and Religious. The Archbishop will officiate the requiem mass at the Cathedral, sources say.
She suffered from Malaria before her situation became aggravated, Monday, March 9, 2020, when she went into a coma. She was moved from the Catholic-run St John of God Health Centre Mamfe to the Mamfe District Hospital, Wednesday where she died the same day.
Sister Sunjo, originally from Bui Division in Cameroon’s North West Region did her first profession on August 22, 2018, at St Anthony of Padua Parish, Mamfe.
She worked at Okoyong, closest to Mamfe, the diocesean headquarters as a catholic primary school teacher before her death.