Pauline Sisters Celebrate Collaboration with Kenyan Couple on Silver Jubilee

Members of the Association of Pauline Cooperators (APC), the lay association of the Pious Society of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Michael and Grace Njuguna. Credit: Sr. Praxides Nafula

For 25 years, a Kenyan couple , Michael and Grace Njuguna have been members of the Association of Pauline Cooperators (APC), the lay association of the Pious Society of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP).

During this time, the couple has demonstrated “deep dedication” and “deep faith”, the leadership of the Pauline Sisters said on the celebration of the day of their founder, Blessed James Alberione.

In her message during the Sunday, November 26 event, the Vicar of the Delegate Superior of the Daughters of St.Paul of Eastern Africa including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe said the congregation celebrates “with immense joy and gratitude” the Njuguna’s “remarkable journey of commitment to the Lord in the spirit of St Paul the Apostle.” 

Michael and Grace Njuguna. Credit: Sr. Praxides Nafula

In reflecting upon your quarter-century of Pauline life and mission, it is impossible not to marvel at the depth of your faith, the strength of your spirit, and the grace with which you've embraced the teachings of our Divine Master,” Sr. Praxides Nafula said about the Njuguna’s at the celebration that was held at the Daughters of St.Paul Convent, Riverside, Nairobi.  


She said that the couple’s commitment “has been a beacon of inspiration, guiding those around you towards the Pauline vision and mission.”

“Over the years, we have witnessed your unwavering dedication. Your journey has not only been a personal one, but a shared testament to the transformative power of faith in the Pauline Family and in the Church,” said Sr. Nafula.

Credit: Sr. Praxides Nafula

The Kenyan Pauline Nun said that in Mr and Mrs Njuguna, they have seen “the embodiment of love, compassion, and humility.”

“Your collaboration in the Pauline Family has been a source of solace, your actions a reflection of the Lord's teachings, and your presence a reminder that commitment to the divine is a living, breathing testament to the richness of life,” she said.

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“As we congratulate you on this silver jubilee, we are reminded of the countless lives touched by your kindness, the encouragement found in your words, and the warmth of your fellowship. Your commitment to the Pauline family has not only shaped your own life but has created ripples of positivity and inspiration in the lives of those fortunate enough to share this path with you,” Sr. Nafula said.

Credit: Sr. Praxides Nafula

“May the next twenty-five years bring even deeper revelations of the Lord's love and an abundance of joy, peace, and fulfillment. Your commitment is not just a personal achievement; it is a gift to the Pauline Family, a testament to the enduring power of faith, and a legacy that will continue to inspire other cooperators to come,” she said.

Founded in Italy in 1916 by Blessed James Alberione, APC is one of the branches among the ten institutes of the Pauline family. 

Fr. Alberione had in mind the example of the many lay people from all walks of life who cooperated with St. Paul in his mission when establishing APC.


On her part, the Delegate Superior of the Paulines in Eastern Africa, Sr. Rosemary Mwaiwa, expressed gratitude to Pauline collaborators for “contributing to the spirit of togetherness that defines our Pauline family.”

Credit: Sr. Praxides Nafula

“Your blessings and good wishes are the threads that weave into the tapestry of our Pauline mission, creating a beautiful mosaic of love and encouragement,” Sr. Mwaiwa said.

She prayed that the spirit of Alberione continues to inspire lay people “to cooperate with St Paul in his mission and be united in one desire, to strive to live Jesus with all that we are -mind, will, and heart so as to share the Gospel with the people of our time.”

“May the Pauline spirit we've shared today continue to flourish, and may the memories created here be a source of inspiration for each one of us. Once again, thank you for being an integral part of this joyous celebration,” said Sr. Mwaiwa.

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At the event, Valerian Kkonde, an APC from Uganda said the silver jubilee of the Njugunas as Pauline cooperators is unique and needs to be celebrated.

"We have to celebrate it, we have to bring out all the joy and everything that is possible to thank God for that special calling to serve him using the means of social communication," said Kkonde who works with the communications department for Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC).
He lauded the Njugunas for using the media to evangelize the world in the last 25 years.
"We thank the Njugunas who have done that for the last 25 years. We are proud of you, we pray that God will continue blessing your work," said Kkonde who also works with the Uganda Broadcasting cooperation.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.