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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Kenyan Sisters pay a visit to Diocese of Spokane

by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff

(From the July 5, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Anna Leonida (left), Superior General of the Assumption Sisters of Eldoret, Kenya, and Sister Anna Peter visited with Bishop Skylstad as they passed through Spokane recently. (IR photo by Deacon Eric Meisfjord)

On June 19, two smiling, soft-spoken Religious Sisters from Kenya visited Spokane, primarily for a canonical visit with two members of their community who are studying at Gonzaga University.

First they had visited Seattle. After several days in Spokane they planned to fly to Omaha, Neb., to participate in a week-long spiritual renewal program.

Of course, both Sisters speak English with a distinctive, lilting Kenyan accent.

Sister Leonida Nasimiyu Wafula and Sister Anna Peter Kariuki are members of the Assumption Sisters of Eldoret (official name: The Congregation of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Eldoret). The community was founded in 1962 by the late Bishop Joseph Brendan Houlihan, of the Diocese of Eldoret, in Kenya. There are 120 professed Sisters living in 21 communities located in six dioceses within that country.

The ministries of the Sisters include working in two rehabilitation centers for orphaned, impoverished children; technical institutes where women learn tailoring and dress making; caring for physically challenged children; and teaching in schools, from nursery to secondary levels.

The Sisters also have dispensaries, mobile clinics, health centers, pharmacies and a hospital, and they care for patients with HIV/AIDS.

If that weren’t enough, they also teach catechism in parishes and offer pastoral program instruction in primary and secondary schools.

According to a brochure about the Sisters, “We live a life of prayer in community,” and “Eucharist is the center of our life.”

Sister Leonida is superior general of her congregation, and Sister Ann Peter is one of four members of the community’s advisory council.

“The other members of the council decided that (Sister Anna Peter) would be the one to come with me,” Sister Leonia explained, “because she has a relative here in the States – a brother in Seattle – and it would be easier for us to get accommodations at her brother’s house.”

The logo of the Assumption Sisters of Eldoret includes their ideals: “Joyful Service; Hope; Courage; Simplicity; and Hospitality.”

Donations to help support the ministries of the Sisters may be sent to: Assumption Sisters of Eldoret, PO Box 191, Turbo 30106, Kenya.

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