History of SSJ Mombasa

The congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa was founded in Bura in 1929 and apostolically erected in 1938 following the application for the same by Bishop John Hefferman Cssp, Vicar Apostolic of the then Vicariate of Zanzibar. The institute was named after St. Joseph who was the Patron Saint of the Vicariate.

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Our Houses & Regions

Archdiocese of Mombasa Generalate Tudor, Mother House Bura, Noviciate Kwale, Makupa, St Mary's - Kafoca, Mtopanga, Mikindani,Voi St. Agnes, Voi Shelter of Hope, Wundanyi, Mgange Nyika, Taveta Eldoro, Taveta Chumvini.

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Our Leadership Structure

Our congregation's leadership stems from the Superior General - Who is the overall administrator

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About SSJ Mombasa


Our Vision

To become signs of God's tender love and living witnesses of Christ.


Our Mission

The Sisters of St Joseph of the catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa are called by God, chosen and consecrated to evangelize the world in simplicity, by engaging in varied apostolate that enhance holistic human development.


Our Charism

Witnessing in simplicity the evangelizing and saving mission of Christ among the people we live and interact with.... more

Why choose us
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Our congregational activities and how they impact society.

The congregation of  Sisters of  St. Joseph Mombasa is involved in various activities within their community.  We are calling upon every well-wisher and persons of goodwill to partner with us and support our noble course on the various projects , as you may find below,


Currently, we admit children orphaned during childbirth, those taken from the streets as well as children from broken marriages. We also admit girls who run away from early marriages. These girls are taken to school.

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We endeavor to produce enough farm produce to supplement our food security needs in the congregation as well as for the children we support.  When you purchase some of our farm produce, you will indirectly be supporting our mission

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We have a long, rich history of supporting education as part of our apostolate. 

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Currently, several Catholic  colleges and vocational Training centres  are part of our Mission Network

We currently operate several dispensaries / Health Centres and we engage ourselves with the present pandemic of HIV/Aids, Malaria, and Measles.

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See real-life stories of success from some of the lives our activities have touched in a positive way. By joining to support us, you will be making it possible for us to continue impacting lives positively. 

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Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

Josephite  - Quote of the day

St. Daniel Comboni (1831-1881)

The son of poor gardeners who became the first Catholic Bishop of Central Africa, and one of the great missionaries

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We have programs for both the initial formation and on going formation.

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SSJ News & Events Updates


    December 29, 2022 Sr. Jacqueline Muchuma

    Religious sisters , brothers  from different congregations , priests and the archbishop Martin kivuva together unit to celebrate aosk at 60.......! Glory to God . 

  • Fare thee well Sr Petronila Warue Ndegwa

    December 21, 2022 Edgar Lisutsa

     THE HISTORY OF SR. PETRONILLA WARUE –SSJ MOMBASA 1. Home Background:- Sr. Petronilla Warue was born on 20th march 1943 at kyeni,Runyenjes Location , Embu county in Kenya . She is the first born child out of seven from the family of the late Thaddeus Mughocho and late Eusebia Ronje.Sr. Petronila was baptized on 28th march 1943 and was confirmed on 17, Oct, 1954 at Sacred heart Kyeni Parish. 2. Education:- Sr .Petronilla Studied at sacred heart intermediate school in kyeni , Embu where She sat for her KPE (Kenya Preliminary Examination )in 1965. She proceeded to secondary education at Star of the Sea -Mombasa in 1966 – (1971 east Africa certificate of education). 3. Call to Religious life:- Sr. Petronila joined the Sisters of St .Joseph of Mombasa in 1965. She was called by her baptismal name (CAROLINA). She joined Postulant state at Bura on 14, Feb, 1965 and later joined novitiate on 6th Jan 1966.On January, 6th 1968, Sr. Petronilla made her first vows and on 15th august 1977 she took her final vows to serve God forever. She celebrated her SILVER JUBILEE as a religious on 15 august 1993 and her GOLDEN JUBILEE on 15 August 2018. 4. Apostolate Sr. Petronila was send to study at Consolata Nursing school –Nyeri; in a little while after making her first vows in 1968. She pursued for nursing and obtained her (certificate in nursing). After completing her studies she started serving as a nurse thus witnessing Christ in aiding the sick. Sr. Petronilla served in the following facilities as a nurse:- • Kichakasimba Dispensary • Eldoro Dispensary • St. Theresa Eastleigh Dispensary • Giriama Dispensary • Mivumoni Dispensary • Bura Dispensary • Chumvini Dispensary & LungaLunga Dispensary. 5. Character Sr. Petroilla was Humble, Hardworking, Social & prayerful. 6. Illness Sr. Petroilla started ailing in 2017 .She was diagnosed with appendix related problem at Mombasa Hospital. On 14th Dec 2022 she underwent some dialysis at shelter of hope Hospital-Voi and finally at around mid-day The Lord called her to His Heavenly Glory. May the soul of our beloved Sr Petronilla Rest in Eternal peace Amen.   

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    Fare thee well Sr Petronila Warue Ndegwa







  • First Professions, Perpetual Professions and Jubilee celebrations of the Sisters of Saint Joseph

    December 19, 2022 Edgar Lisutsa

    First Professions, Perpetual Professions and Jubilee celebrations of the Sisters of Saint Joseph

Sisters of St. Joseph

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Mombasa are a religious and apostolic order of Diocesan rite. As a Congregation of consecrated women, we live and work among ordinary people, guided by the spirit of SIMPLICITY, SERVICE and PRAYER.


P.O. Box 97285 Mombasa Coast Province 80112, Makupa Kenya