Who We Are – Our Vision

mary atop kilimanjaro


Bishop Henry Gogarty, started a congregation of women in Kilimanjaro, dedicated to Mary Immaculate. His vision was, the members of the Congregation should live with their hearts as pure as the snow on Mount Kilimanjaro, in the model of Mary Immaculate, whose heart is absolutely pure.

Thus, came the origin of the name of our Congregation: “The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Kilimanjaro.” In Latin, “Congregatio Dominae Nostrae de Kilimanjaro.” In short, “ C.D.N.K.”

This was the fulfillment of his desire to found a Congregation for the service of all people in that area and beyond.