Profile of Sr Felicia Harry

Sr Felicia Harry was born in Sekondi, in the western region of Ghana to Mr Charles Columbus Harry and Madam Lucy Conduah, natives of Elmina.

Her hometown Elmina, is where the seed of Catholicism was first sown by the SMA Fathers, and where the OLA Sisters first pitched their tent and began their primary evangelisation.

She spent her formative years in Sekondi where she attended Essikado Catholic primary and middle schools, run by the OLA Sisters.

She had her secondary school education at Holy Child Senior High School in Cape Coast where she studied for seven years, and sat for the ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels General Certificate Examinations.

She graduated from the University of Cape Coast in 1981 with Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French and a Diploma in Education. She first taught at Mfantsipim Secondary School and later transferred to teach at the OLA Teachers’ College in Cape Coast. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and Administration from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. She was nominated for Her Majesty’s (Queen Elizabeth) Special Award for outstanding performance during her postgraduate studies in Britain.

In her youth Felicia devoted her energies to sports; specifically in playing long tennis and athletics. She is an avid reader and theatre lover; she enjoys classical music and plays violin. She also loves cooking as well as gardening.

It was during her time at the OLA Teacher Training College, where she lectured in English Language and literature, that she joined the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles; a group of Catholic Sisters she had been associated with during her formative years in Sekondi.

She had her religious formation in OLA Maryhill International Novitiate, Ibadan in Nigeria and was professed on the 8th of September 1986 at Saint Francis de Sales Cathedral, Cape Coast. Sr Felicia Harry has held a lot of positions and contributed immensely to the development of society and the church. Some of the roles she has taken on include:

  • Assistant Headmistress of OLA Girls Secondary School, Kenyasi, GHANA
  • Lecturer and later Principal of OLA Training College, Cape Coast, GHANA
  • National President of the Major Superiors’ Conference (for two terms), GHANA
  • Secretary to the Conference of Religious of Africa & Madagascar: 2002-2005
  • Executive Member, committee for Conference of Religious in Africa: 2003-2005
  • National Council Member of the Ministry of Education, Ghana.
  • Provincial Superior, Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles, of the Province of Ghana (2 terms-10 years)
  • First African Superior General of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles, since July 2008

Sr Felicia Harry, the Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles currently holds the following portfolios:

  • A member of the Board of Directors of UISG (International Union of General Superiors).
  • Executive Committee Member of SEDOS (Association of men and women missionary religious congregations).
  • A member of the Council of sixteen; made up of the two International Board of Directors of UISG (Women) and USG (Men), with a Cardinal as chairman and administrative members of the Dicastery for Consecrated Religious and Apostolic societies of the Vatican.

Her interest and passion is in the area of education of the girl-child, women empowerment and justices for the under-privileged and the marginalised in society. She has attended several national and international Conferences, which seek to respond to the needs and dignity of women in society.

She made a presentation during the Synod of African Bishops held in the Vatican Rome, from 4th to 25th October 2009 under the theme “Church in Africa in the service of reconciliation, justice and peace”. She addressed the assembly on the place of women in the African church.