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Srs. Irene Mwangi and Sabina Mbenge are two of seven missionaries from the Sisters of Mary of Kakamega now serving in Oregon.
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Srs. Irene Mwangi and Sabina Mbenge are two of seven missionaries from the Sisters of Mary of Kakamega now serving in Oregon.
BEND — A new women's religious community has taken up residence in Oregon to serve parishes in the central and eastern parts of the state.

The Sisters of Mary of Kakamega, a Kenyan order, sent seven Sisters, five who will work at St. Francis in Bend and St. Thomas in Redmond, and two helping at Blessed Sacrament in Ontario.

The Sisters of Kakamega emerged in the 1930s when Dutch Ursuline Sisters arrived in Kenya to form local women who wished to enter religious life. The order now has 76 houses and 332 Sisters in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, and most recently, the United States.

The Sisters' mission is to teach, care for the sick, communicate the gospel message and do social work. Their motto is “To share in the redemptive mission of Jesus Christ, the great teacher and healer.”

Bishop Robert Vasa invited the Sisters to help with catechesis.

Sister Sabina Mbenge, superior of the Sisters in Oregon, says the women are thankful for the "opportunity to share the Gospel and our faith with God’s people in the new culture of the Baker Diocese."

Sister Sabina, the second youngest in a Catholic family of six children, entered the congregation in 1973. She made her final profession in 1983 and has worked in
formation and counseling. She holds a master’s degree in education and has served as a teacher, administrator and helper of people who are disabled. She is now working in St. Francis School teaching religion.

Others are Sisters Dorothy Radoli, Baptista Kahti, Fortunata Nabuduwa, Irene Mwangi, Kevin Musonye and Regina Namaleha.