Diocese of Baker Religious Life
Re-establishing a stronger presence of Religious Sisters in the
diocese is a sign of great hope.
The original Sisters who
served here throughout the earlier years of the Diocese did
such great work
and it is our hope in moving forward that these
Sisters will now build on that firm foundation.
"Siempre Adalante, Nunca Atras"
Sisters of Mary of Kakamega
Sisters of Mary?
Sisters of Mary is a Religious Congregation which was
started by the late Bishop Brandsma, a Mill Hill Missionary in
1932 in the Diocese of Kakamega in Kenya. He requested
the help of the Ursuline Sisters from Bergen-Holland as
to assist with the religious formation of the African girls who wished to become
sisters. With time and God's blessing, the congregation
has spread beyond this diocese and has 76 houses opened up in Kakamega, other diocese in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan and
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
enhance and improve their standards of living. The congregation started off with only
five girls in 1932 but today they have grown to approximately
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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.
is to offer loving attention while supporting healthy living."
Sister Sabina Mbenge
Sister Sabina is the
Superior of the Sisters of Mary of Kakamega in Bend.
She was born the second youngest in a Catholic family
of 6 children and entered the
congregation in 1973. She made her final profession
in 1983 and has worked in formation and counseling. She has
specialized in working with the severely disabled as well
as the extremely young and the very old. Sabina was the
principal of a School for the Deaf & Blind for 15 years.
She also led the entire congregation of Sisters of Mary of
Kakamega from 2003-≠2005. She has a Masterís Degree in
Special Needs from Leeds University in Great Britain.
Sr. Sabina serves as the Director of the Cardinal Otunga Adult
Foster Home in Bend, Oregon.
Sister Anne Goretti Kakayi
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 Anne is a Registered Nurse and has worked with the
elderly nuns back in Africa and children with physical
Today she works as a caregiver in Cardinal Otunga Adult
Foster Home in Bend, OR, administered by the Sisters of Mary here in the Diocese
"I am so thankful to God for the Diocese of Baker and the
entire Christian community for the Spiritual, material,
moral support and good working relationship. May the Lord
unite us all on this Journey. My passion is to Love
and serve, especially the needy and underprivileged."
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.
While in Kenya, Sr. Edel served as a Teacher at St. Anne's
Primary School, vocations Animator, and Formator for their
Institute. She has certificates in Primary Teacher
Education and Spirituality Formation.
"The Lord, in His kindness, has given me the Opportunity to
serve His people in Oregon. I am blessed to share the faith
with Christians in this Diocese. United in Christ's LOVE."
Sisters of Mary in Eastern Oregon:
Sister Irene Njoki Mwangi
Sister Irene is
the fourth in a family of ten children and credits her
parents with nurturing her Catholic faith. She was
also inspired by Italian nuns who visited homes in the
central part of Kenya where she grew up. Moved by the
kindness and attracted to the habits of the sisters, Sister
Irene told her mother she wanted to be just like them. After high school she joined the Sisters of Mary and was
trained in spirituality, catechesis and human development. She has served in hospital settings as a nurse and is
currently in the spiritual care department of St. Alphonsus
Medical Center in Ontario. She believes interior
healing can help bring about physical health and that
empowering patients to discover strength from within helps
them realize true healing comes from God.
"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."
Sister Regina is the
second-youngest of seven children. Her father died when she was only two years old and her
mother raised the family and taught them their Catholic
faith. Sister joined the Sisters of Mary after she took her exams out of high school. During her
four year formation she
trained in Catechism and
Spirituality and in 1994
she became a nun. Sister Regina
joined Teachers College and became a
grade three teacher.
In 2003 she
went back to college to
further her education
and majored in Special Education. In 2007, she
obtained Degree in Education. Sister Regina has served as a
Sister for 16
years and as a teacher for 13 years. Sister Regina teaches Religious
Education for third grade at St. Peter's
School in Ontario and also assists the
other teachers in the other grade levels.
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."
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.