The Foundation

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. 

Bishop Hefferman intended that the Sisters of St. Joseph should be a religious apostolic congregation very much involved in all activities related to the development of the local church through evangelization in Kenya and especially in Mombasa. Mombasa was part of the Vicariate of Zanzibar, which later developed to a diocese of its own; hence the name of the Congregation became Sisters of St. Joseph of Mombasa. 

The four founding Sisters of the Congregation made their first vows on December 8, 1941.

The four founding Sisters of the Congregation made their first vows on December 8, 1941. These were Sr. Mary Njeri, Sr. Theresa Nyambura, Sr. Joseph Nyambura and Sr. Martha Tatu. 

The four endured a long wait to consecrate themselves to God. They were determined to become Sisters just "like the European Sisters" of the Precious Blood Congregation that saw to it that the young African girls got a strong foundation in Christianity and religious life. 


SSJ News & Events Updates


    November 14, 2022 Edgar Lisutsa
  • Strategic Plan meeting

    October 10, 2022 Edgar Lisutsa

    Our Strategic plan journey began on 15th - 17th September 2022 and a follow-up  meeting is scheduled for 13th - 15th October  2022 at Our Lady Mother of Africa Pastoral center Tudor


    October 07, 2022 Sr. Jacqueline Muchuma

    The Sisters of St. Joseph of Mombasa once more step- forward as peace ambassadors for Mombasa as they plant trees at Patanani -Kwale county. This is to promote peace and unity in the neighbourhood; in response to the call to care for our environment(Laudato si); as put by the Holy Father during the celebration of the Feast of St. Francis: Vatican 4.10.2022. "Humanity's power to stop ecological crisis ". The sisters, therefore, decided to go beyond their comfort as motivation to the rest of humanity by planting trees for environmental conservation on the coast of Kenya.

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