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Our History

On April 30, 1965, twelve Dominican nuns arrived in the port of Mombasa, Kenya. They then traveled by train to Nairobi where they were officially welcomed by the first president of Kenya, late president Jomo Kenyatta. The twelve nuns were hosted in one wing of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Seminary which had been built and ran by Dominican Friars from St. Joseph Province in USA. Later on, the nuns moved to their newly constructed monastery, currently Apostates of Jesus major seminary, Karen, Lang’ata, Nairobi – Kenya. However, the neighborhood of our first monastery was growing very fast, In 1972, the twelve founding nuns were obliged, by circumstances, to move to a new place which is the current location of our monastery in Karen. This new place was, remote and quiet, a conducive environment for our lives of prayers and intercessions.

The twelve founding nuns from Our Lady of Grace Monastery, North-Guildford, USA were responding to the invitation of the archbishop John Joseph McCarthy C.S.Sp the then, Metropolitan Archbishop of Nairobi. The nuns took 28 days to travel by sea from USA to Mombasa port.

Their intention was to bring a perpetuate divine grace which help to assist East Africa develop mutuality, sanctity and peace. East African countries had just gotten their independence and prayerful intersessions were not only necessary but also very urgent. Since then, the Dominican nuns in Kenya, have expressed the love of God and neighbor by perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, celebration of the Divine Office and the holy mass,petitions, thanks giving and recitation of the holy rosary.


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