Parish in the Musoma Catholic Diocese in Tanzania is situated within the Wagire
location of Girango Division of Tarime District, Mara Region. The Luo clan
inhabiting the location is also known as Wagire. Rosalina Onyango of Nyamusi
village and Julita Okeyo of Tatwe village are members of the Wagire clan and
come from Tatwe Parish. In fact they are granddaughters of the pioneers of the
Catholic faith in Wagire. The Onyango and Okeyo/Ogenga families endeavoured to
comply with Christ’s word in the Bible in their daily life. Originally
inspired by the Holy Spirit, they became Christian Catholics and worked hard to
promote the catholic faith and establish the church in their remote rural area
through untiring evangelization.
Both girls became nuns
in the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa Congregation in total defiance of the
Luo culture that has no time for celibate life. The general attitude of the
Luos in general, and the Wagire in particular, towards celibate life such as
that led by nuns, priests and other religious, is hostile. Girls are believed
to have been born for marriage and child-bearing. The emergence of two nuns from
both families is a providential reward, and only the beginning of a series of
nuns who are yet to emerge from Wagire following in the footsteps of their
predecessors. This can be only attributed to grace of God.
Sisters Onyango and
Okeyo are among the most respected nuns in their congregation.
Sister Rosalina is
currently serving Christ at Old Maswa Parish, Shinyanga while Sister Julita is
at Nyamiongo, Musoma.