Our sisters have ministered in Africa since 1971. In response to an invitation from the bishop of the Diocese of Meru, and with the encouragement of the of the Consolata Missionary Fathers in Williamsville, N.Y., we opened schools in Kenya and also ministered in a hospital and dispensary. Currently, Sister Joanne Gangloff serves as principal and Sister Bea Leising is assistant principal of St. Clare Technical School as well as St. Elizabeth School, both in Timau, Kenya in the Diocese of Meru.

St. Elizabeth School

Timau Mission

The Timau Catholic Mission houses St. Elizabeth School where about 200 students attend a pre-school and lower primary school for orphans, the disadvantaged, squatters, migrants and the destitute. The teachers are all trained and certified, including the Montessori teachers for the infant class and kindergarten. The children are assured of a nutritious four-grain porridge at a morning break and a cooked lunch at midday. For some, this may be their only food for the day.

St. Clare Technical School


Established by the sisters, the technical school trains youth in skills for future livelihood. These skills include metalwork, carpentry, dressmaking, tailoring, machine knitting, masonry, plumbing, computer skills as well as English. Students may accept outside contracts as part of their learning experience. They are taught how to start a small business and are able to use the workshops and tools at the school for their business after they pass their trade certification exams.

Furthering education

Educational scholarships, provided by benefactors, allow children to attend primary school, high schools and college for those whose families are not able to pay for education. The scholarships also provide an opportunity for education to girls as well as boys. Orphans and abandoned children, especially those being cared for by ill grandparents or relatives are given preference.

Medical assistance

We provide medical assistance by financially sponsoring access to doctors, clinics, dispensaries and hospitals for those who have no one else to help them. A woman who was partially paralyzed is now able to walk and care for her husband and three sons after neck surgery. A father received a kidney transplant from his donor son and is doing fine. A man with fibrosarcoma had an amputation of his hand which saved his life. The stories are countless of lives saved and health restored.

How you can help

The work in our mission in Africa never ends. There is always another refugee, sick person, orphan or abandoned child and child in need of shoes. Most importantly, education is the key to the future for these children.

Learn more about sponsoring a child in Africa. You can make a difference in the life of a child.


For more information about our ministry in Africa, contact:

Sister Joanne Gangloff

Kim Cirillo


Success stories

Because of the generosity of benefactors, Cosmos is now enrolled in law school along with two others. Other students are in computer programming, economics, accounting, tourism and teacher training programs.

One student is enrolled in Buruburu Institute of Fine Arts and others are at the Kenya Institute of Management.

An orphan, Perminus recently graduated with honors from Kenyatta University with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, and is employed and saving money to earn a master’s degree.