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By virtue of their dedication lived in fullness and in joy, consecrated women, are called in a very special way to be signs of God’s tender love towards the human race and to be special witnesses to the mystery of the Church,Virgin, Bride and Mother (Consecrated life 57)

AOSK envisions a time when all congregation will come together to give a united and prophetic witness, giving love and hope and actively involved in the transformation of the society. We envision a transformed earth.

Executive members at the opening of the jubilee year 2012

Executive members at the opening of the jubilee year 2012

“United we stand as a sign of God’s presence” is a powerful witness in a world that is so divided.

Standing together in solidarity as consecrated women is vital for support and encouragement and is in itself a witness.

 

 

Pope Francis: a Church without nuns is “unimaginable”!

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday highlighted the great value that nuns bring to the Church. “What would happen” – the Pope said – “if there were no nuns? No nuns in hospitals, in missions, in charitable institutions, in schools… Can you even imagine a Church without nuns…? No it is unthinkable!”.

 

 

 

Bishop_ AOSK has become more and more a sign of God’s presence for the people in Kenya. His Eminence Cardinal John Njue on the occasion of the AOSK golden jubilee sent this message AOSK CONGRATULATIONS

 

 

 

 

PRESENCE

United we stand! As a sign of God’s presence

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THE BURNING BUSH

How true it is that sisters are a sign of God’s presence. Like the burning Bush burning and not consumed to announce that God hears the cry of his people and has come and is sending still people to go and bring the news of great consolation.

Not only to Moses on Mt. Horeb does God reveal Himself in a burning bush that is unconsumed. We saw Him in Mother Theresa who, although deprived of all sense of the presence of God for 50 years, was an icon of that presence to millions by her ardent charity toward the poorest of the poor.

We looked upon God when we witnessed the flaming spirit of Bl. John Paul unquenched by the ravages of Parkinson’s disease. We have seen the divine action in the lives of members of our families and friends, who when faced with the most crushing of circumstances, somehow were not crushed.

And we ourselves experience God each time after suffering the worst devastation of sorrow, that inexplicable flash of hope ignites our hearts anew. Wherever obedient love is revealed in the midst of pain, wherever the crucified Christ is once more manifested in one of his disciples, there is another burning bush and there is holy ground.

 

 

OUR PARTNERS

 We value our partners and networks! Our pride is in what we have become together and what God has done for us!

Conrad Hilton Foundation comes to the aid of the Catholic sisters

“… Conrad Hilton believed that dollar invested with Sisters would pay dividends many times over—helping the greatest number of disadvantaged people—because of the Sisters’ prudent expenditure of any funds received…”

Hilton foundation through different arms has come a great way and most especially in recent years in supporting the Catholic sisters through educational initiatives of which some are highlighted here.

Sisters Leadership Development initiative SLDI
African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC)
The Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) Program
♦ECD building for Catholic Sisters 2014 – 2017

 

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Delegates Visit to Kenya

….The team included, Mr. Steven M. Hilton, President & CEO, Edmund J. Cain Vice President, Shaheen Kassim-Lakha, Director, International Programs, and Brad Myers, Program Officer.  Also, Sister Anne Munly, IHM, President of Marywood University and Vice Chair, ASEC, Sister Jane Wakahiu, LOSF, ASEC, Executive Director and Sister Lina Wanjiku, SE, SLDI, Director Eastern Africa, were present.  The team visited more than 10 different projects run by the sisters among the poor people of Kenya.  They listened to touching stories of those served by the sisters’ projects, from kindergarten children to high school children, rehabilitated street children, the sick in hospital, farm workers as well those living with HIV and AIDS.  This was proof of the effectiveness of the skills transferred to the sisters since 2007….

Gallery of photos

Steve Hilton' s visit

Steve Hilton’ s visit

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Steve Hilton' s visit

DSC00293Brad Myers, Hilton foundation Program Officer

 

 

DISTRICT UNIT ANIMATION

District units provides a medium for the interchange of information and ideas.

Assemblies are held regularly – maybe three times per year – as decided by the membership.

They are encouraged to also have a Justice and Peace representative.

The Chairperson represents the Unit at national assemblies.

The Justice and Peace Commission organizes annual training session for District Unit representatives and a Liaison representative to the Diocesan meetings between clergy and religious

Each Unit is requested to present an annual Report on their activities to the AOSK Executive through the Animator of District Units/ Executive Secretary.

The Animator of District Units

She facilitates the Sisters in the various parts of the country to strengthen and develop the District Unit in accordance with the General Guidelines established for the functioning of the District Units so that the District Unit will be a means of support in Mission for each Sister.

ACTIVITIES OF THE DISTRICT UNIT 

Some activities carried out in the year 2012/2013 include:

Blessed are the peace makers
  • Celebration of the day for the consecrated people
  • Recollection and seminars
  • Social gatherings/picnics
  • Commitment to peace during before, during and after general elections in Kenya
  • Celebrating International women’s day
  • African child day
  • AOSK-Golden jubilee

Achievements 2012-2013The following District unites were visited

  • Ngong’
  • Eldoret
  • Isiolo
  • Mombasa
  • Nyeri
  • Embu
  • Nakuru- Naivasha
  • Muranga
  • Kitui
  • Machakoes
  • Kisumu
  • Nyahururu

Challenges

  • Laxity in some units
  • Challenge in finances
  • Vast geographical location
  • Leadership: Reluctance by members to take leadership roles in the DU

  Plan for 2013/2014

  • Visitation to at least 10 DU
  • Formation for DU leaders February/ August
  • Formation: sisters on temporary vows
  • Formation: Community leaders (metropolitan)
  • Recollection
  • Annual General meeting for DU leaders Planning and evaluation

Let us make the words of St. Theresa of Avila our own when she said Christ has no body now, but yours. No hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks compassion into the world. Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.

” Condoleezza Rice, Former US Secretary of State once said:

“So often, it takes only one woman to make a difference. If you empower that woman with information, and training, or a microloan, she can lift up her entire family and contribute to the success of her community.”

How much more can religious women contribute to the transformation of the society the church and the world at large looking at the numbers and potentials? It is only through unit in diversity that the presence of religious women can be more tangible and more effective. Through DU I argue all religious women to work together in solidarity. Yes together we can make a difference.