ALL AFRICA REPORT: Catholic nuns from the congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood marked 125 years since inception at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Riruta, Kenya on December 8.
The occasion was marked with pomp and glamour at a Mass presided over by Bishop Alfred Rotich, Chairman of the Bishops' Commission for Social Communication.
During the occasion Sr Mary Frances Starker marked her golden jubilee and two other nuns, Sr. Therese Nduku Munywoki and Sr. Juliana Mwende Muya made their final professions.
In his speech at the main house of the nuns in East Africa, Bishop Rotich admired the discipline and integrity with which the nuns carry on their activities and noted the need for evangelization especially to the young so that they grow up knowing what integrity means.
In a letter dated November 15, His Eminence John Cardinal Njue of the Archdiocese of Nairobi singled out the education of the girl child among the many works the congregation has done in Nairobi and Kenya in general.
"Education is the gateway to opening opportunities in the world and by educating the girl child you have not only educated one person but the nation," the letter said.
"Your presence in the Archdiocese of Nairobi is being felt and seen through the good work manifested by administrators, managers and mothers who passed through your hands when they were young."
Apart from the tremendous work in the education sector the nuns are also involved in medical, catechetical and social work in the society.In another letter dated October, 2010 to friends and benefactors, the provincial mother superior, Sr. Magna Pittig observed, "We thank God for his guidance for our congregation throughout these 125 years we appreciate all who have found us as associates and we ask for God's grace that we may live our beautiful charism even more faithfully and be authentic witnesses to the redeeming love of Christ in our service to the church in east Africa."
The congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood was founded in South Africa in 1885 by Abbot Francis Pfanner and Mother Paula Emunds. It arrived in Kenya in 1909.