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I am a Kenyan Religious Sister of Mercy, vowed since 1989. My vocation to Mercy is tied to a yearning that I began to feel while I was in school with the Sisters of Mercy in Makueni Girls' Secondary School.
I began my Mercy journey when I went to Mount Lourdes Secondary school, Enniskillen and was taught by many wonderful Mercy Sisters.
To begin to remember the history of my vocation is to recall the arrival of the Mission of the Cork Sisters of Mercy to Peru. I was studying in Primary school and it was there I first knew the Sisters when they came to visit the school.
The desire to commit myself to a life of prayer and service to the poor drew me to religious life. After secondary education I began to search for a congregation that would help me realise this desire for my life.
Mercy has always been a presence in my life. The sisters were very active in the Parish as I was growing up and I spent my primary school years at the local convent school.
My entering religious life was due in no small way to the inspiration and encouragement of Sister Brigid Magee who was teaching in the infant school in Ardee where I also taught a class of junior infants.
I believe my feet were firmly planted on the path to becoming Mercy when I started attending school in Iona Convent, Pretoria, at age fourteen.
I was born in Kitui district in Kenya and l went to both primary and secondary school there. It all began when l was in primary school having spent a number of years with Mercy Sisters in Nguutani parish. Sisters came to our school for pastoral work.
My first contact with the Sisters of Mercy was my first piano lesson with Sister Attracta. To this day I remember her kindness, patience and hospitality. She gave me a great love of music, and started me on a musical journey.
When I was in secondary school I had it all planned out. I was going to be a teacher, get married have 5 or 6 kids and live in a house at the foot of a mountain near a lake, (because I love hill walking and nature.) This was no pipe dream.