About Us

“The joy of the gospel fills the hearts of all those who encounter Jesus. A joy ever new. A joy that is shared.”
Pope Francis.



The Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary, also called the Holy Rosary Sisters, are alive with the joy of the Gospel. A joy ever new, a joy which is shared through Mission.

We are a congregation of missionary religious women. Our mission is to bring Christ’s life and love to people in need.

We do this through education, health care, social development, pastoral care, rebuilding shattered lives in post-war situations, in Africa, Europe, and in South and Central America. Everywhere we go our passion is for MISSION.

Bishop Shanahan

Founded in Ireland in 1924 by the great Spiritan Bishop, Joseph Shanahan, especially to bring the gospel to the women of Southern Nigeria, we now number almost 400 sisters working in 12 countries.  Some of the daughters and grand-daughters of those first Christian women in Nigeria are now Holy Rosary Sisters themselves,  carrying the joy of the Gospel to other peoples and countries.

Holy Rosary Sisters live in community. Here among the diversity of persons and culture we find support in our common mission.

Prayer is central to our lives, since it is God’s work we are doing not our own. Through prayer we grow close to Jesus who leads us in our mission, and to Mary, our mother.