The Holy Rosary Sisters welcome you

Who are we?  

Catholic women, Missionaries, and Religious Sisters.

Founded in 1924 in Killeshandra, CO. Cavan, Ireland by Bishop Joseph Shanahan to bring the gospel to the women of Southern Nigeria, we now number over 300 sisters on mission in Africa, South America, Ireland/United Kingdom, and the US.  Visit us in any one of our thirteen Regions.  Learn more by going to About Us where you will also find our Contact Addresses.

In the joy of the Resurrection Jesus says:

“Go out to the whole world!
Go out to my people
Draw them into God’s life.
In the name of the Father,
the Son the Holy Spirit.
Bring them into the heart of God’s family.
I am with you.
Yes, always, to the end of the world!”
And we say:
“Here I am Lord, is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you send me,
I will hold your people in my heart.”

(Isaiah 6:8; Hymn Daniel Schulte)

News and Events

Go ye afar

Go Ye Afar,  An African Memoir by Dr Eileen Keane, Holy Rosary Sister. “This is a story that needs to be told,”  said Dr Edmond Prendiville at the launching of Sister Eileen’s book, on Saturday October 30th 2021 in the Jesuit Provincialate, Milltown Park, Dublin. Eileen is a born story teller and describes vividly what it was like to be a missionary doctor in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa from the 1960’s on.  It is also a love story to the people of Africa.  But it is not only Eileen’s story.  Countless missionaries, Holy Rosary, Medical Missionary, Columban, Kiltegan, OLA, and many others went out to Africa, Asia and South America inspired by the Gospel and did wonderful things, but also simple everyday things for and with the people they had come to serve, but theirs is a story that is not known in the modern world.  Thank you Eileen for telling the story so well.  Proceeds from the sales of the book go to the CPS Trust, Ireland, in support of education, training and healthcare projects in Zambia.

For further information please contact Professor John Sheehan, Book Editor, Email:

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