Happy Foundation Day to Botswana! We celebrate 20 years of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s compassionate presence to the people of Botswana in the continent of Africa.

Today the Sisters celebrated 20 years of SCN presence in Botswana. On this special occasion, Father Thomas, SMI, the parish priest of Kanye was invited for the thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration. In his homily with a grateful heart, he remembered late Bishop Boniface who invited the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth to Botswana. He also thanked the Sisters for their committed service to the people.

Sisters fondly remembered Sister Olive Pinto and Tootsie Gish, SCNA, who were missioned in Botswana and have gone to their eternal reward. As well as all of the Sisters who served the people of Botswana.

We thank God for his love and faithfulness for these past 20 years. Also, we thank the SCN Congregation for their support in our life, mission, and ministries. 

After the meaningful Eucharistic celebration Sisters had a delicious dinner prepared by all three communities (Kanye, Lobatse, and Metsimotlhabe).

We ask God’s continuous blessings as we move towards the silver years.

With gratitude,

Sisters in Botswana | See more photos here.

Sister Ann Muthukattil chares the following reflection.

Twenty years just went so fast. As I reflect back on the past 20 years, we have many reasons to thank God. God has been journeying very closely with us filling us with blessing after blessing. My thoughts go beyond 20 years … our preparations, our selections of people, and our farewells are included as well.

I am deeply grateful to God and to our Congregation for trusting me to be a pioneer in an unknown continent. These past 20 years God has been gracious to me in my service to the people of Botswana. God blessed me with good health and good spirit.

The Church, especially the Diocese of Gaborone and the people of Botswana have recognized our special charism and our contributions to this nation. I am grateful to all our leaders for being with us, supporting us in our mission, ministries. and community.

Today what we are and what we are able to do is because of the total Congregation. Their presence and prayers helped us to be where we are. I thank all our leaders for their prayers, support, and presence.

Our call to Kenya is another landmark as we celebrate 20 years of our presence in Botswana. I pray that God who began this good work will help us to continue to spread the message of Christ in different parts of this large continent of Africa.

In Momkama, the 20th anniversary of the Foundation of Botswana Mission was celebrated with Sister Nalini, one of the pioneers of the mission.