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

  • Mother Superior on behalf of the religious - during chrism mass at Holy Ghost Cathedral

    April 05, 2023 SSJ Admin

    April 03, 2023 Sr. Jacqueline Muchuma
  • Sr. Waweru's mission to Machakos Men main prison

    March 17, 2023 SSJ Admin

    Having worked in Machakos Diocese for several years, Sr. Waweru developed a passion for a new mission in the community. 

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