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Holy Rosary Sisters in Ethiopia 

Regional Headquarters:
Addis Ababa
P.O. Box 7103, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, East Africa.
Regional Leader:  Sister Ruth Chetambe 
Telephone:  00251 11155 1303. 
Vocations Directress: Sister Celestine Nnadi
Contact Number for Vocations: Ethiopia   +251912057189

Wonji:  Holy Rosary Sisters, Wonji, P.O. Box 92, Nazereth, Regio 4, Ethiopia.
Saguree:  Holy Rosary Sisters, St Mary’s Kindergarten/ Primary School, PO Box 70 Sagure, Ethiopia, E. Africa


Sister Chinyeaka C Ezeani presents her valuable new book on interculturality in religious life.

A new book on Interculturality and the Religious life has just been written by Sr Chinyeaka C Ezeani, published by Pauline Publications Africa.
    “Taking seriously the prayer of Jesus that all may be one (John 17:21), Sister Chinyeaka tries in this book to articulate clearly the challenges as well as the beauty of living as people from different cultures in religious life.  The underlying assumption in her work is that it is possible and necessary to appreciate the beauty that each culture brings.  This requires continuous to conversion to the heart of Christ, and prayerful attentiveness to biases and complexes that tend to support mischaracterization of other cultures. ” (From the Foreward)


                                    Into the year of 2020

Two words ring bells in our minds as we face into the new year: hope and gratitude. Our world throughout the past year has tempted and tried us with its miseries: news of war, conflict, poverty and despair. Yet with eyes of faith we can also see hope all around, count  the blessings we have received, and name the accomplishments-both small and great- that we have attained as a region and as a congregation.

First, from the home of the Queen of Sheba, Lalibela, we the sisters in Ethiopia region, welcome and glorify the Lord for the person of Sister Workinesh Admasu, newly professed and newly assigned to our  Region. 

The pupils, sisters and staff of St. Mary’s kindergarten and primary school , Sagure,  wish all our friends  “melkam gena”, –  Happy New Year! The children whole heartedly thank all the sisters and benefactors and their family members who made sacrifices to support them in their education.  We thank you for all your support, for without you some would not have seen the four walls of a classroom and more so, benefit from Catholic education. Thus, they all voiced out their gratitude saying a mighty God bless all of you!


The Sisters working  in Wonji Catholic Medium Clinic have recently uplifted the face of the clinic, answering the ardent need of the patients with the provision of a new ULTRA SOUND MACHINE which will be affordable for all their patients. We say   ›Ó²=›wQ` ÃeƒM” !  Thank you to them.


In Addis, Sr Celestina  Nnadi works at the Blessed Mother Teresa Friendship Center for the poor and marginalized of the area. She is seen here with some young people whose schooling was cut short for one reason or another,who are learning hair dressing. They are delighted to get the opportunity and so wish all Holy Rosary sisters and friends a happy and grace-filled new year.


Looking back to 2018 and before:

Eye camp at Wonji Clinic

   In Wonji we have always had patients with eye problems and when we noticed many people with Cataracts and other eye problems we decided to organize an eye camp twice a year.  On 19th – 25th February this year 1080 people attended the eye camp. They came from as far as Assela,  Meki and Boset.

The screening of the patients and eye surgery went on simultaneously. A total of 1,080 patients were screened and 118 were operated upon. The post-op patients were observed for 24 hours before being discharged.

“Now I can see!”  Little Joseph, aged ten, rejoices that he can see again!






Ministry in





Saguree: St Mary’s Nursery and Primary School


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In 2015 the Holy Rosary Sisters were invited to the Vicariate of Meki, by Bishop Abraham Desta, for St Mary’s Nursery and Primary School in the village of Saguree.  This is an area with few Christians; there were 4 Catholics in the church when the sisters arrived, this has now increased to 10! 
Saguree is a village 25 km from its main town, Asello, in the Teff and Wheat-growing area of Ethiopia.  Although there are 4 primary schools in the village, attendance is low because people find it difficult to pay the monthly school-fee of approximately €3.00 and the children are needed for farm work.  However there are over 500 boys and girls on the register of St Mary’s.  Generous donors in Austria contributed to the building of 16 classrooms.
    Above you can see pictures of the children and staff at assembly.
    Below, visit the classrooms for participative learning.
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         Daily life in Sagure

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Ministries in Addis Ababa
Young women prepare for a new life: training as hairdressers, as caterers, as tailors.

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DSC05698          Srcelestina and five sewing graduates 

Sister Cellestina encourages the hair stylists, bakers, sewing graduates, and business women to make a new life for themselves.

Repair of people’s homes is another way to a new life.

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Mr Dawwit’s house before repairs, – and after.
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Tigist’s house before repairs, – and after.

Ministries in Wonji
Wonji Clinic is a source of refuge for many people:  Food, and healing, especially for parents with kwashiorkor children, the handicapped, and people living with HIV and suffering from TB.
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Sister Angela on food distribution day.

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Above, the elderly at prayer before the food distribution.   School children sponsored by the Sisters for Christian Education.



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