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Sisters of the Child Jesus



Formed in 1926, the Sisters of the Child Jesus are an indigenous order of Zambian nuns with the motto “Apostles to our own people”, ministering largely in their own language, Bemba.  They carry out the work listed below with an amazing amount of energy, faithfulness and great joy. Their Generalate, or headquarters, is located in Kasama,  a city of some 200,000, where a small number of Sisters maintain residence.

 There are currently 140 Sisters divided into communities in 24 widely diverse places of ministry:


  • Tetekela Day Care Center for HIV/AIDs children and youth
  • Pre-school
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary school for girls
  • Schools of nursing and midwifery
  • Schools for the visually impaired
  • Housing for orphans
  • Farms
  • Rural health services
  • Parish ministries
  • University campus ministry
  • Formation of novices
  • Formation of postulants
  • Seminary educational services
  • Pastoral services
  • Social services
  • Central administration


Sister Baptista


Following entry to the convent, sister Baptista began her higher education in the United Kingdom, receiving an advanced degree in Human Development and Counseling.  In 2005, her community arranged for Sister Baptista to continue her studies in the United States, including academic studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington, and six months of Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, Washington.