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UN Update January 2019.

Happy 2019 from the NGO Office, New York. We pray for blessings on your life and work and on ours during
this year. Enjoy Update from the United Nations No 35 and explore the content in the links which aims at deepening and expanding our knowledge of the many dimensions of our work with the United Nations. Continue reading “UN Update January 2019.”

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Early Loreto Kenya on video

“Early Loreto Kenya” on YouTube

Sr Mary Owens IBVM

The Loreto Sisters arrived in Kenya in 1921 and will celebrate their centenary here in 2021.

Some have been in Kenya for 60-70 years. They knew the pioneers personally and give an insight into what it has meant to educate half a million to one million African girls. They don’t know the exact number! The pioneers were all Irish and came here after periods in India and Australia.

They started the first school for African girls in East Africa in 1936:

Sr Colombiere Kelly IBVM

Loreto, Limuru. Before that education for African girls was unknown. They changed culture.

Their stories narrate what the Church in general, and Loreto in particular, has done for education in Kenya and by

extraction in the whole of continental Africa. Similar stories, as far as I know yet undocumented on video, can be told of other supernatural families in the Church on all continents.

It is a story of development and evangelisation through education.

Most of the prominent women in Kenyan history have come from Loreto schools, notably Wangari Maathai, who became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace” in 2004.

In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of Kenyan independence, the sisters received a special award from the President in recognition of their services to education

  • Sr Ephigenia Gachiri IBVM
  • Sr Maire O’Nolan IBVM

If you know people who have studied at Loreto Schools in Kenya or elsewhere please let them know of the existence of these interviews.

If you have difficulty accessing the interviews through the links, try typing “Early Loreto Kenya” or the name of the interviewee. Or open You Tube first and then search. All the links have been tested.

This project was compiled by Fr Conor Donnelly, Nairobi.

1.General Synopsis Early Days.


2.Sr Jane Francis Mulongo IBVM


  1. Sr Mary Owens IBVM


4.Sr Colombiere Kelly IBVM


5.Sr Ephigenia Gachiri IBVM


6.Sr Betty Whyte IBVM


7.Sr Maire O’Nolan IBVM


8.Sr Nuala Brangan IBVM


9.Sr Breid Cunningham IBVM


10.Sr Caitriona Kelly IBVM


11.Sr Malia IBVM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8MB4Aadz6U  (second part of the interview)

12.Sr Philippine Stamp IBVM



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UN Update November 2018

We are happy to offer edition No 34 of UN Update and to celebrate one year  of IBVM and CJ collaboration at the United Nations. Read about aspects of the United Nations such as the General Assembly, its present President and how it works when our Heads of State and Government go back home. Meet our Youth Representatives.  Cynthia CJ had wonderful education and awareness raising opportunities in India in September and October. See the Mary Ward Family interfaith contributions to the Parliament of World Religions held in Toronto. Note recent steps taken on Human Trafficking at the United Nations and please pay attention to the proposal made by our own Network to Stop Human Trafficking. ” Demystifying the other” provides us with insights that are essential to bring tolerance and peace to our world. And, read about the inter-faith advocacy on behalf of Asylum seekers.  Let this be an opportunity to consider yourself a part of the United Nations and of the efforts of the Mary Ward Family through the NGO Office and our worldwide network.

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Eastern Africa Province September 2018

The latest edition of our Eastern Africa Province newsletter includes  details of a book launch , TP’s workshop. There are articles on  Development at Karinde Green Fields, a reflection on the Apostle’s retreat by Sr Anastacia Kiriongi, and a poem  by a past pupil.Eastern Africa Newsletter Sep 2018 Continue reading “Eastern Africa Province September 2018”