The Congregation of the Sisters of Emmanuel was founded in 1989, in the Catholic Diocese of Murang’a, in Kenya when Arch Bishop Peter Kairo the current Archbishop of Nyeri was the Bishop of Murang’a. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Four young women each in her own way and time, individually, approached the Right Reverend Peter Kairo, the first bishop of the then recently established Diocese of Murang’a in 1984, sharing with him individually their sense of a call from God to serve the Diocese in a religious Congregation. With his approval they began to meet regularly from early 1985 to discern through prayer and reflection where God was leading them. Blessing their endeavours, he encouraged them to continue their search and to deepen in further prayer and reflection individually and together what the Lord was asking of them. The purpose was to fill the void being left behind by the dwindling number of Missionary Sisters. Their desire was to perpetuate and carry forward the work that the Missionaries had started. The missionaries were moving to new frontiers that had not been evangelized. Currently the Sisters of Emmanuel are working in the Catholic Diocese of Murang’a and in the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi.
They are now 38 in number. Nineteen (22) Sisters are finally professed, sixteen (16) Junior Sisters, six novices and three postulants.
CHARISM: To manifest the Love and Compassion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as Emmanuel, God with us.
MISSION: To work alongside other agents of evangelization in deepening the Christian faith and holistic development of the people.
VISION: A properly evangelized and empowered people living in dignity.
APOSTOLATE: The Sisters of Emmanuel wish to live close to the people. They will make their own the attitude of Jesus: “For them do I consecrate myself.” (Jn. 17:19). They are engaged in diverse ministries. They work in different Offices as:
2. Teachers of Kindergartens, Primary and Secondary Schools
3. PMC and Pastoral Assistant Coordinators
5. Health Officers
6. Social Minister
8. They are also involved in formation work for religious women in Kenya.