Mission in Nigeria
Sr. Rita Schwarzenberger has been a long-time missionary in Nigeria and currently manages Hope for the Village Child. This program works with the villages in an area south of Kaduna to improve the lives of rural residents, especially women and children. The organization advances education, healthcare, and women’s development in myriad ways. They build classrooms, mobile clinics, and clean water wells; train teachers and health workers, and help women learn to sew, knit, and make soap for income; establish programs for immunizations, health education, antenatal care, and corrective surgery for children with rickets, and more.
In celebration of its 50th year in Kansas, the former Great Bend Dominican congregation began a mission in Nigeria, West Africa. Dominican Fathers were already present in Nigeria, and invited the Great Bend Dominicans to join them. In 2007, what began as a mission, officially became a separate congregation: the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena. Today, the sisters administer five schools, operate two clinics, manage a Christian training center for women, serve in parishes, and participate in primary evangelization.
Mission in Chimbote, Peru
Sr. Manuela Crisologo Gonzales teaches religion and mentors students at a local high school, and she is involved with the youth of the San Jose Obrero (St. Joseph the Worker) Parish. She also assists in the Equipos de Nuestra Senora program.