Re-establishing a stronger presence of Religious Sisters in the
diocese is a sign of great hope.
Sisters of Mary of Kakamega
Sisters of Mary?
This congregation was founded with the aim of spreading the Good News and fostering the education of the African women so as to uplift their standards of living in a world where they seemed to be completely marginalized by their male counterparts. Some of these young girls were also trained as religious nuns to help other girls and women to learn to be self sufficient in order to enhance and improve their standards of living. The congregation started off with only five girls in 1932 but today they have grown to approximately 330 Sisters.
|Introducing the Sisters of Mary in Central Oregon:|
The Religious Sisters of Mary of Kakamega...arrived
for ministerial service in the Diocese of Baker in June,
2010. The Sisters come from a Community in Kenya and they bring
zeal for souls and a spirit of joy which promises to infect the
entire diocese. In 2015 they opened the
Adult Foster Home in Bend, OR, for the Diocese of Baker.
Sister Fortunata is the daughter of two teachers and the youngest of four children. She attended Catholic secondary schools and has a Masters degree in Education from Uganda Martyrs University. She joined the religious congregation in 1984 and loves teaching and working with children. Sister Fortunata has been assigned to teach Religion at St. Thomas Academy in Redmond and help with the Religious Education program in the parish.
"I feel so glad to serve the people of God here. The pastor, teachers, parents and children at St. Thomas Academy are so great, supportive and receptive, that I feel encouraged to serve and share with them the faith."
Sister Inviolata is the
third born in a family of 6. Both her parents passed on
while she was still in school. She attended Catholic
schools where her Faith was nurtured and finally led her to
her inspiration to join Religious life in the institute of
the Sisters of Mary of Kakamega in December 1992. During
the years of her formation, she was trained in
spirituality, Catechesis and Human Development. She later
attended Kenya Medical College where she obtained a
certificate as a Kenya enrolled Community Health Nurse (KECHN).
In 2003, she went back to college to further her education
and obtained a diploma as a Kenya Registered Nurse (KRN).
She has been a Religious Nun for 20 years and has worked as
a Nurse for 16 years.
Sister Anne comes from a Catholic family of 10 siblings and
is the ninth born. She made per perpetual profession in
2005. She attributes her Religious Vocation to her
Grandfather who was a Catechist and her parents who taught
and nurtured her FAITH.
Sister Edel Quinn
Sr. Edel hails from
Kisumu Archdiocese Nyabondo Parish in Kenya. She is
the second last born of a family of thirteen. Her mother is
the only surviving parent. Having been born in a devout
Catholic faith, she entered the Religious Order in 2004 and
took her temporal vows in 2008 as a SMK and Perpetual vows
on December 8, 2014.
Introducing the Sisters of Mary in Eastern Oregon:
"I am glad that Bishop Robert Vasa welcomed my Order to serve in the Baker Diocese. God bless all who have touched my life in one way or another."
am so happy to be in Ontario
teaching the young ones. They are so lovely
and the teachers are friendly and
ready to work with me. The community and
especially the parents are so happy
to have Sisters in the school and
at the hospital. My hopes and my dreams
are to do my best
to all and that
my presence may bring joy and peace. I hope to grow and develop more for
sake of the young kids and those
entrusted to me."
We wish to express our gratitude to Most Reverend Robert Vasa who granted us an opportunity to share the Gospel and our Faith with God's people in the new culture of Baker diocese.
We appreciate the diocesan staff, Pastors where we work and Christians of Good Will who have made our apostolate possible through their generosity and support. May God reward them abundantly.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baker
641 SW Umatilla Ave . Redmond, OR 97756 . (541) 388-4004