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Holy Rosary Sisters, Kenya
Regional Headquarters: Holy Rosary Sisters, Forest Road, PO Box 39726, Nairobi 00623, Nairobi, East Africa.
Regional Leader: Sister Mary Musa. Telephone: 00254 7338 14 733 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vocation Promoter: Sister Jane Mwangi Telephone: 00254 72130 5351.
Forest Road, Nairobi – Regional Headquarters.
Masifu, our student community.
Nijani, Candidates’ House.
“Tell among the people the glory of the Lord.” (Psalm 96)
“During the past fifty years Holy Rosary Sisters have used their gifts and talents to uphold the dignity and emancipate so many young women who today work for the transformation of society. This is not something to keep quiet about: go, tell people the wonders the Lord has done through the Sisters.” These words were spoken by Father Patrick Mutunga during the Mass on the day the school marked fifty years since its foundation. “If you educate a woman you educate a nation.”
Sister Jaqueline Anujulu, the school Principal, speaking during the celebration, said that the school has touched thousands of lives in many ways, especially through the holistic education the pupils have received. She thanked all who have supported the college in various ways, and congratulated the young women who on this day were graduating as Primary teachers, Nursery teachers and Secretaries.
New Health Centre at Ngonyek
In May 2016 Holy Rosary Sisters opened a new health centre at Ngonyek
The Bishop, Most Reverend Maurice Crowley,blessing the Centre, laid emphasis on ONENESS. He called on the people to own the centre, since it was built for them. Everyone is welcome to avail of the services, regardless of religion or tribe. The Bishop’s appeal to the Holy Rosary Sisters is: “Handle the patients with Tender, Loving Care.”
Cutting of the ribbon by the Member of Parliament for the area, Mr Wesley Kemboi, supported by Bishop Crowley and the Minister of Health for Transnzoia County. At the Mass, the Holy Rosary Sisters led the procession presenting the gifts.
Children dance for the audience at the opening of the centre.
Pilgrimage by staff and students of the Catholic University of East Africa
This year Holy Rosary Sister Ngozi Okpalaenwe, member of staff at the University, travelled with 90 students and staff to Uganda to visit the shrine of the Uganda Martyrs at Namugongo. This is where St Charles Lwanga and his 20 companions were martyred for their faith. Under the table is the very spot where they were burnt alive.
The shrine of St Charles Lwanga and Companions, above, and the shrine of Our Lady Queen of Peace at Kiwamireembe
The story of Our Lady Queen of Peace, as related by Fr Edward Kamanda, is remarkable. During the civil war, 1979 – 86, the people used to come to the mountain to pray the Rosary. The rebels never attacked them, nor did the soldiers who fought against the rebels. The priest had told them that these people were innocent and good people. After the war he wanted to build a grotto to thank Our Lady and was looking for a statue of Mary with hands open to protect. By chance he found a box on the mountain with just such a statue, and after a few years when no one had claimed it, he decided to put it in the grotto. He the asked the owner of the land and was given permission to do so, with one condition. A school must be built there too, so that children could be educated there and learn to pray to Our Lady. And that is what was done.
Praying at the Shrine- the mountain is decked with the statues for different stages of the rosary. This is the statue of Jesus praying in the garden. Beautiful and quiet place to be.
The building on the right commemorates the first missionaries to land in this site. They were headed for Tanzania but their boat broke down here, and here they stayed: the foundation of the Catholic Church in Uganda.
Ministry at Catholic University of Eastern Africa
Sister Ngozi teaches Guidance and Counselling
PhD students on supervision class.
Ministering to children, orphans
Sister Elitania Moraes Paranhas with the children in Jamhuri Rescue Centre, in Thika.
Young women discern their vocation to religious missionary life.
“ The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts of all those who encounter Jesus. A joy that is ever new, a joy that is shared.” Pope Francis.