Kenya: Sisters at Rang’ala Baby Home Creatively Bridge Funding Gap
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Kenya: Sisters at Rang’ala Baby Home Creatively Bridge Funding Gap

The high number of maternal deaths in the region prompted the sisters to set up Rang’ala Baby Home to help children who had lost their mothers make it to their first birthday. The home was established in 1939 by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of St. Joseph. They later handed the institution to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph,…

Mill Hill Sisters in Ecuador
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Mill Hill Sisters in Ecuador

Sisters Nuala, Rosemary and Yenny serve in a parish in Puerto Quito, Ecuador. The parish has 90 recintos, or outstations, and several days a week Nuala lives in one of them in a place called Buenos Aires. She writes about her ministry there: “I coordinate catechesis, give prebaptism talks, pre communion talks to parent and…

Cameroon: How to Persuade People Covid-19 is not a White Man’s Invention?
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Cameroon: How to Persuade People Covid-19 is not a White Man’s Invention?

A Spanish nun serving as a doctor in the Central African nation of Cameroon says the major challenge she is facing at the present time is making residents believe that COVID-19 is a real pandemic. “The big challenge is above all to make people aware that Covid-19 exists because here, many people think that it…

Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna, Lwak, Reach out to Flood Victims
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Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna, Lwak, Reach out to Flood Victims

Members of a Kenya-based Order of nuns have reached out to over 200 needy families in Western Kenya affected by floods following ongoing heavy rains in the East African nation, one of the nuns involved in the Thursday, April 30 initiative has told ACI Africa. “As Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna (FSSA), Lwak, we thought…

Women Religious in Africa: The Challenge of Financial Sustainability
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Women Religious in Africa: The Challenge of Financial Sustainability

“Financial sustainability is recognized by all sisters as one of the major challenges to religious life. The majority recognize that both internal and external poverty significantly affect them and their apostolates,” the UK-based Centre for Catholic Studies of Durham University and Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, which jointly undertook the study reported. “In some cases, Sisters have had…

Religious Sisters Reflect: New Forms of Religious Life for Our Times
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Religious Sisters Reflect: New Forms of Religious Life for Our Times

Catholic religious are experiencing the crises felt across the world, and it challenges them to redefine their mission and identity, says the Indian head of Assumption nuns. Sister Rekha M. Chennattu, superior general of the Religious of the Assumption congregation, was speaking after concluding a 20-day general plenary of her congregation in Paris. The congregation’s 23…

New Zealand: Life as a Kiwi Nun Past, Present, Future
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New Zealand: Life as a Kiwi Nun Past, Present, Future

“God is a loving presence. There are so many little signs and situations that happen. I find myself saying ‘thank you God’. I never feel alone,” Sister Diana says. Sister Lorraine describes God as a faithful friend. Sister Diana’s favourite words in the Bible are “be not afraid” , which is in the Old and…

Kisumu, Kenya: Franciscan Sisters of St Anne Extend Apostolate to Tanzania
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Kisumu, Kenya: Franciscan Sisters of St Anne Extend Apostolate to Tanzania

A congregation of women religious of the order of St. Francis headquartered in Kenya’s Kisumu Archdiocese has extended its apostolate to the East African country of Tanzania in addition to its presence in Ethiopia, responding to the needs of the people at the grassroots who require “pastoral care, education and medical care.” Last week, the Franciscan Sisters…