The Charism of the University Sisters of Assumption is God’s love lived in a faith-filled and zealous response to the abiding presence of Christ, manifested in our dynamic service to the wounded Body of Christ, the Church, in the society especially to the youths in the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions, conscious always of the signs of the time (1 Cor 12:4-11; 2 Cor 2:15).
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Rev. Br. Prof. Anselm Uba, FSC, the first Nigerian De La Salle Christian Brother, was born on 4th April 1930 to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Uba of blessed memories. He hailed from Amaifeke Orlu in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State. He was baptized on 4th October 1930, received his first Holy Communion on 4th March 1941 while his confirmation followed on 24th May 1942.
He started his religious training as a postulant in 1957 at Akure in Ondo State. He entered his Novitiate formation in 1958 at Scarborough, Toronto, Canada. Consequently, he made his first profession of vows in 1959 at the De La Salle Brothers’ Chapel Scarborough Ontario, Canada. He returned to Nigeria in 1964 and made his final commitment of religious vows at St Peter’s College Akure, Ondo State in 1965. After some years of academic studies, he made his first Novitiate at the Sangre De Christo Renewal Center at Mexico, USA in 1973. On his return to Nigeria, he became the first Nigeria Master of Novices at Ondo from 1973 to 1976.
This was followed by a stint of lecturing at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Thereafter, he was assigned to the staff of the De La Salle Brothers Novitiate in Nairobi, Kenya from 1990 to 1998. He served as a Counselor and a Lecturer in Educational Psychology in Kenya.
In 1992, Br. Anselm Uba founded the University Sisters Of Assumption, USOA, a women religious congregation exclusively dedicated to the Counselling services of university students, staff and others in the environs in all that concerns their academic, social and spiritual life, as well as their negative lifestyles such as poor attitude towards hard work, drug addiction, promiscuity, rape, bribery, corruption, cultism, examination malpractices, spiritual and career problems. In 2006, he founded the University Sons of Assumption, USOA, a clerical religious congregation to carry out the same apostolate as the Sisters. Other local non-religious associations he founded in the Church include: National Association of Religious Brothers of Nigeria in 1986 and Orsu Priests and Religious Association in 1978 within Orlu Diocese. He celebrated the golden jubilee of his religious profession in 2009(1959-2009). He returned to his eternal reward on 16th June, 2013.