Africa

The Africa Unit was formed in 2013 when Sisters ministering in Zambia and Zimbabwe came together to form one group.

Sisters first began their mission in Africa in 1949 with the arrival of four Sisters from India to Zimbabwe – known as Southern Rhodesia at that time.

Sisters arrived in Zambia from England in 1970.  These were followed by missions being established by Sisters from Ireland (1973) and from India (1983). In 1989, the groups came together to form the Vice Province of Zambia.

Please see photographs and stories below to learn more about the variety of ministries our Sisters are involved in.

Wadzanai Training Centre

Wadzanai Training Centre

Diploma in Religious Studies

Diploma in Religious Studies

Diploma in Religious Studies - Philosphy Class

Diploma in Religious Studies - Philosphy Class

Diploma in Religious Studies - Old Testament Class

Diploma in Religious Studies - Old Testament Class

Computer Class

Computer Class

Diploma in Religious Studies Class 2019

Diploma in Religious Studies Class 2019

Wadzanai Training Centre

Wadzanai Training Centre

Liseli Lodge

Liseli Lodge

Nagle House celebrating Presentation Day

Nagle House celebrating Presentation Day

Nagle House School celebrating the tercentenary

Nagle House School celebrating the tercentenary

Sr Bridget Gochera  Nagle House School deputy head addressing the school

Sr Bridget Gochera Nagle House School deputy head addressing the school

Sr Blessing Gotekote (vocation promoter) with aspirants

Sr Blessing Gotekote (vocation promoter) with aspirants

Sr Sandra Ndingwa and Sr Bridget Gochera with the friends of Nano after tercentenary celebrations

Sr Sandra Ndingwa and Sr Bridget Gochera with the friends of Nano after tercentenary celebrations

Garden of Oneness

Welcome to the Garden of Oneness…A Sanctuary of Peace and Harmony…

This beautiful Garden is inspired by Spirituality of Being in Communion and created by the Presentation Sisters and the local community since 2014.

We believe in the Oneness and Sacredness of all life…  and so our mission proclaims:

All Life is Sacred All Life is one.

This  Sanctuary is  a  place of  welcome  for  all….people of  every  tribe, culture, nationality,  religion… everyone has a  place  at  the  table.

We believe that the root cause of problems facing our world today is not political, economic, social…   but spiritual.  It is our mindset of separateness.  We think we are separate in fact we are already One… separateness is our illusion.  Garden of Oneness offers a space and opportunity to experience  the  PRESENCE  within  all life,  ONENESS of our  Mother Earth, and call us to walk in the  way of the  mystics and  teachers of our  story.

Heart of the Garden is the Sacred Web: the unfolding Love story of God…  ‘To tell the story of  anything  we have to tell the story of  everything.’  Thomas Berry.  Today we need a story that has the power to connect all peoples, all nations…  all religions, and all cultures…   It’s a story that tells us who we are, who God is… where did we come from and where we are going. This amazing story is  simple yet  complex with  stunning  creativity and  beauty.  It is a story of life, death and new life and of love lavished. It is our sacred story…  a story that proclaims that we are One Sacred Community.  In this One Story is all our stories…

This story is woven by God with three golden threads…

Communion:  We are one …we are all connected… we all come from the same source… to be created is to be related… everything is related to everything else…

Diversity:  We are all different…  we are unique… everything is different from everything else…

Essence:   The heart of all beings is the Divine spark…  the holy Light… We believe in the Light within all life… the flame of the spirit shining in every heart..that   makes   every life   sacred…

In short the spirit of Africa proclaims this… ‘I am because we are’  ubuntu

The Peace Hill is an ant hill … which is sacred to the people in this land…

We honour the mystics of our great story…  our great ancestors from all faith traditions nd  cultures.

These people of  light show us the  way into  the future…  Around the  Mubanga  tree   we  honour  our  Ancestors  who  guides and  protects us.  … ‘Trees  are the  first  temple of  God’ John Muir

Walking the  Journey of the  Heart  we   know is a  journey to the Heart of the One  in whom  we live, move and have our being..

Walking mindfully  this  path  invites us to  remember that the  journey forward is  journey inward.  This is  an  ancient  wisdom  way of the  Spirit reminding us there is  no  straight  road  or short  cuts in  life.  Journey of life  is  full of  twists and  turns.. it  enables the  seeker  to  walk mindfully  and make the inward  and outward journey.

Our  Common Home:  Earth is our  Mother…  Our  only Home…home   to all beings.

Listen  to the  heart beat of  God   within oneself…within one  another…and the body of the  Earth.

Mother  Earth, our  beautiful  daughter of the  Universe,  is  endangered  today.. She is the  poorest of the poorest  of the poor.   She is raped and plundered… she is wounded and broken  because of   the irresponsibility of humanity…   This is a   moment of great peril and possibility when  humanity must  choose…

Think of  your  great    grandchildren  asking in years  to  come..  what  did my grandfather /grandmother  do when s/he  knew…  did s/he save the  Earth  for  us…. Did  s/he do  anything  to protect our  future…

The  way of  Jesus   symbolised  by the fallen but  teaming with  life  tree beckons us to  a  new consciousness..to a  radical  vision of  open table…. of prophetic  voice and  subversive presence…in our  world  today.

We  serve the local  community  by being  part of the local  church…  supporting  children    to get  to  school,  teaching  ‘health in  my hands’ programmes,   providing  earth  education, promoting  tree  planting  especially  through  local  schools, celebrating  liturgical,  national and international days, facilitating   a  variety of  rituals  at the  Garden of Oneness  to  help to  experience  the  Divine  at the  heart of life.

Finally….

Stay  close to the  creation,  the  wilderness of  God.. and  you will stay  close  to the  Creator, the wild  God.

Listen….Heart of the ONE  is beating all  around you!!!

Pay  attention…be  astonished and  tell about it.

Accommodation is  available  for those  who  wish to  stay in the  Garden of Oneness for  peace and  quiet.

We  are  grateful  to  the  Presentation  family and  friends  who  support  this  Garden of Oneness.

Garden of Oneness, Nkyema  District, Western Province, Zambia,

Garden of Oneness

Garden of Oneness

Procession

Procession

Nano Cottage

Nano Cottage

Friends of Nano

Friends of Nano

Garden of Oneness Terry Abraham and Lucy Sebastian

Garden of Oneness Terry Abraham and Lucy Sebastian

Prayer HIll

Prayer HIll

Presentation Hill

Presentation Hill

Praying under the Ancestor Tree

Praying under the Ancestor Tree

Drumming for Mindfulness

Drumming for Mindfulness

St Felix church where the communities pray

St Felix church where the communities pray

Expending the School - Kaoma School

Expending the School - Kaoma School

Laoma Presentation Secondary School

Laoma Presentation Secondary School

Presentation Primary School

Presentation Primary School

Sr Mary Vianney; Income generating projects for orphans and vulnerable children

Sr Mary Vianney; Income generating projects for orphans and vulnerable children

Sr Mary Vianney; Income generating projects

Sr Mary Vianney; Income generating projects

Catherine house keeping Francine Kitchen staff

Catherine house keeping Francine Kitchen staff

Hospitality ministry Sheila Sheehy Catherine Solo Francine Chileshi Brigit Mathew

Hospitality ministry Sheila Sheehy Catherine Solo Francine Chileshi Brigit Mathew

Luzi Road (hospitality house)

Luzi Road (hospitality house)

Sr Margaret Duggan preparing grade 3 for First Communion. Last supper scene

Sr Margaret Duggan preparing grade 3 for First Communion. Last supper scene

Sr Margaret Duggan Responsible Authority for St Michaels'School

Sr Margaret Duggan Responsible Authority for St Michaels'School

Sr Clementina Simataa decontaminating instruments before taking them for autoclaving

Sr Clementina Simataa decontaminating instruments before taking them for autoclaving

Sr Clementina Simataa preparing a drip

Sr Clementina Simataa preparing a drip