The establishment of the Northwestern Province of the Sisters of Our Lady of Kilimanjaro (CDNK)

For the first time in the history of The Sisters of Our Lady of Kilimanjaro, on July 31, 2018, Sister Theresa Buretta, the Superior General, announced the establishment of the Congregation’s province. The main goal of this province is to facilitate the sisters’ formation, administration and implementation of their missions to all people, especially in the Northwestern part of Tanzania. The Provincial center is located at Igoma in the Catholic Archdiocese of Mwanza.

We the Sisters of Our Lady of Kilimanjaro are grateful to God for this step forward and we are praying for the good success and well-being of the Province, the Congregation, and for our service to God’s people. We continue praying for the people we are to serve so they may encounter Christ in their daily lives and struggles.

This province will unite all the CDNK Sisters who serve in six dioceses of the northwestern zone of Tanzania, which include, Archdiocese of Mwanza, Archdiocese of Tabora, diocese of Musoma, diocese of Shinyanga, diocese of Bukoba, diocese of Kahama and diocese of Geita.

The provincial leaders were officially inaugurated at the mother house, Huruma Convent, in the Catholic diocese of Moshi in Tanzania on August 15, 2018. With readiness and humble hearts, these leaders have already started their new assignment. These are: Sister Benjamina Buya, CDNK, Sister Mary Magdalena Mmanda, CDNK, Sister Emmanuela Mallya, CDNK, and Sister Anastazia Sala, CDNK.

This guidance from the Vatican in the establishment of the province, links us closely to Pope Francis’ argument to be witnesses of the love of God to the world in which we live. In The Joy of the Gospel, which makes us open to encountering God and our brothers and sisters, Pope Francis states, “It will not fill our hearts if we keep standing by the window with the excuse of waiting for the right time, without accepting this very day the risk of making a decision. Vocation is today! The Christian mission is now! To become a witness of the Lord, here and now.” The growth of our congregation now allows us to fulfill the message of Pope Francis by reaching out to larger geographical areas.