Who We Are


Every religious order has its own “Charism” — a grace or talent granted to us by God. The Charism of the CDNK Sisters is:

“Simplicity and Readiness to do the will of God for his glory, and for the salvation of humanity.”

The CDNK Sisters strive to respond their lives, they submit themselves to the will of God by living life simply and courageously witnessing Christ through our ministries. This Charism is nurtured by the encouraging words of the first formator, Sister Mary Felicitas Tirpitz CPS, whose Motto was:

“Do all things for the praise and glory of God and for the salvation of humanity.”

Different Charisms of the Religious Orders are like channels of creativity of charity which is boundless; and enable countless means of bringing the newness of the Gospel to people of every culture, race, and time. The evangelical basis of consecrated life is to be sought in the special relationship which Jesus, in his earthly life, established with some of his disciples. He called them not only to welcome the Kingdom of God into their own lives and sanctify themselves. Jesus also wanted them to put their lives at service, leaving everything behind and closely imitating His own way of life; to totally surrender their lives for the kingdom of God.

Emphasizing the treasure of the gift of various charisms of Religious Orders in the Church, Pope Francis says, “Our founders and foundresses shared in Jesus’ own compassion when he saw the crowds who were like sheep without a shepherd. Like Jesus, who compassionately spoke his gracious word, healed the sick, gave bread to the hungry and offered his own life in sacrifice, so our founders and foundresses sought in different ways to be at the service of all those to whom the Spirit sent them” (From the Vatican, 21 November 2014).We, the CDNK Sisters use our various talents to serve all peoples as the needs arise, responding to our charism – Simplicity and Readiness to do the will of God for his glory, and for the salvation of humanity.

The Symbols of Our Logo

Candle: The flaming light of the candle, symbolizes the light of Christ. It means that as a Congregation we are committed to witness Christ in wherever we work. We are called to shine and illuminate the world through our own lives. (cf. Lk. 11:33; Jn. 8:12)

Cross and Ave Maria: The cross and Ave Maria symbols are a signification of our salvation. Mary, as the first disciple and as the one who cooperated in the work of Redemption (Co-Redemtoris) is our Patroness and our model in the way of following the Gospel of Christ.

Lily: The Sisters of Our Lady of Kilimanjaro honor St. Joseph as a model of humility, honesty, innocence and filial trust. Thus, the Lily represents our dedication to the spread of these virtues, with St. Joseph as our model.

Seven Streams: The number ‘Seven’ stands for perfection. It also represents the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. These seven streams flowing from the mountain symbolize the ever-flowing love of God which nourishes and nurtures the life of each member of our congregation. We as a congregation are committed to nourishing the lives of the people we servewith immense love and tireless zeal.

The Word of God and the Eucharist: The word of God and the daily Eucharist form the central part of our mission. The word of God and the Table of the Eucharist are everlasting source of our daily strength for our apostolate.

Open Hands: The open hands represent our readiness and openness to serve humanity without boundaries or discrimination. As a congregation, each member is ready and open to do God’s will at any time and any place as the needs dictate.