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“The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. A joy ever new. A joy that is shared.” Pope Francis
Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Ghana
In the Apostolic Vicariate of Donkorkrom.
Address: Holy Rosary Sisters, P.O. Box 10, Donkorkrom, Kwahu North District, Eastern Region, Ghana.
Regional Leader: Sister Joy Abuh, Phone Number: 00233 208 641 066 / 00233 241 146 139
Vocation directress: Sister Joy Abuh. Phone Number: 00233 2411 461 39
Our Ministries: Health care, teaching, religious education at all levels, pastoral care.
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)
Short History of our Region
The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary came to Ghana in 1975 to the newly-established Diocese of Sunyani where we ministered in Health Care, Education, Catechetics, Pastoral Work and programmes for the physically challenged.
In 1994 we moved to Kuntanase in Ashanti Region to contribute to much needed ministries there. At the request of the parish we ran a Vocational School and were involved in Health Ministry and Pastoral care in a nearby mission hospital. One sister worked as Physician in the hospital and initiated a Nutrition Programme and HIV/Aids Programme.
In 2014 we responded to an invitation from the then Prefect to minister in the newly established Prefecture of Donkorkrom in the Afram Plains, now the Apostolic Vicariate.
Holy Rosary School, Donkorkrom
We are involved in a Rural Education Enhancement Project, which involves two major outputs.
1. A basic school where children have access to quality education,
2. A capacity-building programme on Child Protection, Child Responsibility, Teen-age pregnancy, and Child Abuse, visiting seven schools and five communities in the area. The school began at Kindergarten level in 2017 with five children; we now have ninety children.
Children line up
Holy Rosary Health Centre, Amankwakrom.
The aim of the centre is to provide much-needed maternity services in the area, and a well-co-ordinated outreach primary health-care programme in a very needy area where people have very limited access to health services.
Integrated Nutrition Programme
One of the most exciting and beneficial components of the Integrated Nutrition Project was the development of a community-based program in Ntonaboma town where a high rate of malnutrition was found.
After a community entry with the main opinion leaders, and following communication with the community at large, a 14 member community health committee was selected by the community. This comprises an equal number of males and females, representing different income groups, and with representatives from each of the 4 smaller communities comprising Ntonaboma town. This committee met 15 times in the first year, completing a situational analysis outlining the needs in their community. These focused on a lack of clean water, poor sanitation facilities, poor feeding practices and the need for more schools.
Members of the Community Health Committee then helped the community prioritize their needs at a meeting attended by 100 people including the paramount chief and two sub-chiefs. At the end of the activity the people decided to construct a dump. The paramount chief approved a plot of land for the dump and gave the initial task of construction to the youth leader in the community. The members of the CHC will develop an action plan for the activity and elicit the assistance of staff at District Level.
Our commitment to education of the children, to health-care in the clinic and in the area, our out-reach to young people, and our pastoral care in the Parish, are all part of our call to bring the love and compassion of Christ to people. Our outreach is to people of all ages and all beliefs, and we find a response of friendship from the people and from the Diocese. This was why the Rose’s Silver Jubilee in September 2018 was a significant and joyful occasion for all of us.
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