Visiting Unity Park in Addis Ababa



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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 Namasiku Kalumbilo
Telephone:  00251 944 241 915
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


Early in the year 2020 Sister Franca Onyibor, Holy Rosary Congregational Leader, visited our Sisters in Ethiopia shortly before we became aware of the new reality of Covid 19. She describes the  visit below.

Sister Franca with the Sisters

                             ”  This year marks forty-five years of MSHR presence in Ethiopia. I arrived there on 5th March. Three Sisters  were at the airport to meet me. They brought me to our community in Addis where I began my visit.  I had visited Ethiopia some years back and  I was inspired by our sisters’ enthusiasm in fostering vocations there. I was happy to return to Ethiopia fourteen years later and to find that we have three Ethiopian MSHRs and some aspirants.  Presently, there are eight sisters in the region from five nationalities. So Ethiopia is one of the most diverse regions in the congregation.  It was heart-warming to observe that weaving unity within this diversity is a priority in the region.

Addis Ababa Community – where three Holy Rosary sisters live and serve. Sr Celly, popularly known as another Mother Teresa, serves in a Centre that used to be run by Missionaries of Charity – Mother Teresa Sisters. The Centre is named Blessed Mother Teresa Friendship Centre – BMTFC.  The main thrust of the Centre is to serve those on the margins of society.  In the person of Celly, MSHR started serving at the Centre in 2007.  She not only serves the financially poor, her lifestyle is closely aligned with them.

Sister Linda is treasured by the staff and students of the nearby Nazareth school where she teaches English to eager learners.  The Daughters of the Heart of Mary who own the school, appreciate this collaborative ministry with MSHR. Linda is also the regional representative for Talitha Kumworking on human trafficking. Talitha Kum is being inaugurated in Ethiopia and she is part of the inaugurating team. In Ethiopia, Trafficking of girls to Dubai and the Middle East is a growing concern.  Recently, the team was contacted about yet another reality of Ethiopian girls trafficked to Romania. They are stranded there in this climate of covid-19.  Linda and other team members of Talitha Kum Ethiopia are trying to respond to this challenge.  Sara, our only Ethiopian sister currently residing in Ethiopia, is a student of the Ethiopian Catholic University of St Thomas Aquinas (ECUSTA) where she is completing her second year in Medical Laboratory Sciences.”

Sister Franca also visited Wonji Clinic and Holy Rosary School in Saguree. 

One of the greatest joys during the year  was the blessing of our new chapel in Saguree.


On the first of October 2020, feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, all roads led to Sagure, a village in south-eastern Ethiopia and in the Vicariate of Meki. “What is happening?” the villagers questioned as they saw cars and cars trooping into St. Mary Kindergarten & Primary Catholic School premises. All were coming to sing hosanna to God on high for the newly constructed chapel which was being inaugurated on that day.
The Bishop of Meki together with his entourage (Abba Gobezeyehu, Abba Mulato, and Abba Johannes,our Parish Priest, Abba Daniel and Abba Abiyot, the curate) arrived at Sagure early in the morning forthe ceremony which began at 9:50am. The entire MSHR family and the Catholics in Sagure were present.
The ceremony began with a blessing procession round the chapel as the Bishop sprinkled holy water while the choir sang choruses of blessings. Thereafter, the Bishop stood in front of the chapel, explained to the congregation the significance of the ceremony. Amidst other things he said “Henceforth this chapel will be a house of prayer.” He beckoned on the Christians to use it well for the glory of God so as to touch the lives of other Sagure people and beyond. He explained to them that the money for the chapel was donated by Michael Henegan and so Christians should endeavor to pray for him.Thereafter, one of the Christians in Sagure symbolically handed the chapel keys to the Bishop who cut the pink ribbon and opened the door. At this point the hailing and clapping for joy was overwhelming
as the choristers sang all the louder. The Bishop proceeded in to the chapel and blessed it and Mass began.

    Abba Johannes who was the homilist said among other things that whether we are Catholics, Pentecostal, Orthodox Christians or Muslims we are all heading to only one path (the path to God who is our creator) . He encouraged the faithful to pray steadfastly not to miss the right path. Towards the end of Mass, the Master of Ceremony thanked all present and for their generous support of the new chapel. Some persons were invited to say a word and among them was the Wareda administrator (Ato Kadir); a Muslim. He said: “This is the first time I have entered a Christian church! I have come to understand that the Catholic Church is for the people so I will give full
support to the sisters in Sagure”. He was applauded for this.
At the reception venue, Sr. Namasiku expressed gratitude to the Bishop for facilitating the sisters to
receive funds for the project.  The Bishop in return, thanked her for a job well done and added that this is the first time in
the life of the vicariate of Meki that a group of sisters have constructed a chapel! He rendered so much gratitude to the MSHR congregation and asked us to keep up the spirit. The movement out of the old and dilapidated dunk-stick chapel where we used to celebrate Mass, to the newly constructed chapel remains an unforgettable experience.


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 very soon increased to ten!
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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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!

Wonji Clinic


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.


Covid 19


Coffee Ritual in Wonji


   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.





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!





     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.

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