Kenya’s President Hails Loreto Sisters for 100 Years of “incredible Christian ministry”

Poster announcing the centenary celebrations of the Loreto Sisters in Eastern Africa Province.
Credit: President's Strategic Communication Unit/ Facebook.

Kenya’s President has commended members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (I.B.V.M) commonly known as Loreto Sisters for their selfless contribution to various sectors in the East African nation in what he described as “incredible Christian ministry.”

“I commend the Loreto Sisters for a century of incredible Christian ministry, education in our country and also to the social ministry and other works of Mercy they have conducted for the last 100 years,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said during the Saturday, January 23 centenary celebrations of the Loreto Sisters in Eastern Africa Province.

He added, “Loreto’s training has contributed immeasurably to the creative and performing arts, to politics, governance, religion and theology, environmental protection, community service, among many fields.”

President Kenyatta, a Catholic, went on to note that the contribution of the members of the 411-year-old Institute in Kenya is “inked in their alumni, who include a President, Bishops, scientists, leaders in government, academia, legal minds, captains of industry, entrepreneurs, sportsmen and women.”

“As a child, having spent two years in Loreto, I was eager to learn. My childhood foundation gave me the spirit of hard work, honesty, duty to my country, respect for others and, most of all, the fear of God,” the President said during the January 23 event held at the Loreto’s Mary Ward Centre in Nairobi.

He continued, “Judging from its history, I’m confident that every girl, every boy privileged to attend a Loreto institution becomes uniquely fit to face the challenges and exploit the opportunities of our fast-changing world.”

Kenya’s Head of State implored that as the Loreto Sisters in Eastern Africa Province begin the celebrations of 100 years of a “proud history and tradition,” the members “will plant the seeds of even greater glory and success.”

The Eastern Africa Province is made up of Loreto Sisters serving in Kenya, Tanzania ànd Ghana.

President Kenyatta went on to urge the alumni of Loreto schools in Kenya to establish, during the centenary celebrations, an endowment fund and scholarship program “to assist less privileged children to access education at Loreto institutions.”

The President offered his personal donation of 10 million shillings (US$100,000.00) toward the proposed endowment fund, the leadership of the President's Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) reported.

He further challenged the Loreto Sisters in Kenya to “preserve the history, icons, and artefacts” of Loreto at Loreto Msongari, an all-girls school run by the Sisters, as a way giving the “future generations the full breadth and perspective of the great story that is Loreto.”

“To ensure that we do not have any interference or threat of disposal or alteration of this success, I hereby direct the Ministry of Lands & Physical Planning jointly with the Ministry of Sports, Culture & Heritage to ensure Msongari remains in the hands of the Loreto Sisters as a matter of public and historical interest,” President Kenyatta who is serving his second and last five-year term directed during the January 23 event.

According to PSCU, the President also announced the government's approval and support for the construction of a new Loreto School in Kilifi in Kenya’s Archdiocese of Mombasa. The institution is expected to accommodate 500 girls.

On his part, the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Archbishop Philip Anyolo who presided over the Holy Eucharist called on the people of God in Kenya to emulate the Loreto Sisters by giving genuine and good service to others to improve the society.

Founded in 1609 by Sr. Mary Ward, an English Catholic nun, Loreto Sisters’ mission is to “bring the gospel to life by our own witness and by supporting the spiritual development of individuals and communities.”

The Sisters also “promote a freedom of referring all to God through spiritual ministries, education, and any other works which meet the needs of our times.”

Members of the Kenya-headquartered Loreto Eastern Africa Province are involved in education, spiritual and social ministries.

In Africa, besides Kenya, the Loreto Sisters serve in Ghana, Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.


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