“Mother, help us!”
This was the cry of Bishop Silas Njiru from Meru Diocese to Sr. Bernardette Fox, General Superior, and the beginning of Good Shepherd Congregation in Kenya. On April 24, 1981 Sisters Hermine Pieris, Josephina Cordiero and Christine Pinto arrived in (Meru). They began to work with women at the market, started visiting schools and parishes. A small group of teenaged school-dropouts came for some informal skills training in dressmaking, embroidery, home science, etc. In 1986, we moved from Milimani area to our present house at Kambakia. The community became more stable with missionary sisters who came for some a few months, or a few years.
Kambakia is a Formation Community where the Novitiate is established since 1987 On January 4, 1990 a second house of the Good Shepherd in Kenya was opened in Kangeta Parish, Meru Diocese, at the request of Fr. Montini, Parish Priest. On April 30, 1990 permission was received from Sister Gema Cadema and General Council to build a house. On January 2, 1992 the Sisters had the joy of moving to the new house. On 8th January His Lordship Silas Njiru blessed the house.
At present the Candidacy is in this Community. The first page of Nairobi’s Annals has these words:
“A dream come true.” And the way to this dream was prepared by crosses. Without the crosses, the fulfillment of the dream would not have been possible. Nairobi community was open in 1990 and on March 3, 1991, Sr. Joseph Degan was installed superior of Nairobi community. During all these years, Nairobi House has served as a welcoming community to our sisters from the different communities who come for medical check up, for business transaction in the city, meetings, rest and recreation, and stop over, not only for our own but also for other religious congregations and priests. The going and coming from the airport is part of the welcoming service.
By 1993, the Good Shepherd Mission in Kenya was well established now comprising 3 Houses including a house of Formation and sisters in initial and ongoing formation. A letter from Sr. Liliane and the General Council was received saying that the Mission in Kenya should no longer depend on the Superior General and her Council. The role of the Coordinator was outlined and the manner of appointing a Sector Council to assist the Coordinator was explained. The first Coordinator was appointed and the first Sector Assembly was held on February 2, 1997. On March 16, 1999 a letter was written by the first Bishop of Embu Diocese, Rev John Njue, to the Sector Coordinator. The letter was a request for three Sisters “to run a home for the good of unfortunate girls”. The “unfortunate girls” were the rejected pregnant young women. In the same year, August 8th, the Sector Coordinator responded to the Bishop request. Annunciation Home, officially opened on March 25, 2000.
In 2004 the Pre-novitiate was established in Embu Community.
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