About Us

The Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa is a Roman Catholic international missionary congregation founded by Teresa Kearney, more commonly known as Mother Kevin or Mama Kevina.  As members of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi, we make a life-long commitment.  Spirituality, Community and Service are integral to our Gospel way of life.  

We currently have members in Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, America, Ireland and Scotland.  Africa has always been the major focus for our work, but wherever we are, we have a particular concern for the most needy and marginalized members of society. 

Having served in Africa since 1903, we have been privileged to work with many local people and communities in helping them build their capacity to develop in ways that honour their dignity and address their needs. Our endeavours have been made possible through the support of Parish communities, individual benefactors and donor agencies.

The following statement expresses how we see our vocation or calling in life:

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The vocation of a Franciscan Missionary Sister for Africa 
is to be a woman of faith,
consecrated to God in a community of love, joy and simplicity.

Impelled by the love of Christ, he is ready to be sent on mission.
She responds with courage and zeal 
to the real needs of the people wherever she is on Mission 

She approaches the people of God with reverence
so that together they may grow in the 
fullness of the Gospel. 



As Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa,
founded and inspired by Mother Kevin,
our Mission is to spread the Good News of Jesus.

We strive to do this by the joyful and generous,
prophetic witness of our vowed lives,
which challenge today’s negative influences,
replacing them with meaning, simplicity, joy, and hope.

Sustained by a reflective, prayerful lifestyle in an intercultural community, we commit ourselves to respectful service of others
in ministries that empower, transform, and heal.

We journey with others as ‘instruments of peace’,
promoting friendship with all Creation,
leading to the Fullness of Life that Jesus promised.



Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa is a Registered Charity.  Our Charity Numbers are:        
USA 1320,     Ireland 5610,     England 227812,     Scotland SC008010.

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