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We are a Pontifical Congregation of indigenous African women founded in 1910, (a 100 years ago), by the late Archbishop Henry Streicher in Masaka Catholic Diocese, Uganda East African. We consecrate ourselves to God through public vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience and strive to endeavour to work for the diffusion of the Kingdom of God and the Salvation of Souls.

Wherever we are; we instruct children, youths’ groups, older people and couples preparing for marriage into the Catholic Church doctrines particularly the catechism. Although we educate, the girl child from nursery up to the university level, some of our schools are mixed with boys.

In hospitals and health centres, we fill with hope to the sick people that Christ is the divine Healer but we are just his instruments. Yet through the social development sector we strive to uplift the life of the marginalized groups in society and to empower both young and old to achieve self sustainability in order to face the many challenges of the modern world positively. All of these ministries are rendered in the spirit of the Motherhood of Mary.

This is the charism or a gift of motherhood which is given to every Sister from the Heavenly Father through the Blessed Mother Mary. For this reason, our Congregation is officially known as Bannabikira (Daughters of Mary) Sisters. Like the Blesses Virgin, we are consecrated women who inherited her giftedness of motherhood and this is a debt we owe to the world which waits patiently for “mothers” like ourselves to bring Christ the World’s Saviour to all the people of God.

(A Map showing where we have spread)


We use the spirituality exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola to assist us find God’s will for us. The Bannabikira are called to find God in every action they undertake, in every apostolate, and in every circumstance, the Sisters seek to discover the hand of God and his generosity. While deeply rooted in Christ, the Bannabikira live the spirit of motherhood.  At the climax of this spirituality is our daily participation of the Eucharist because all we ever aspire for revolve around the daily Mass and adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

 Daily Mass

( The daily mass for the Bannabikira sisters is the pivot point in their religious life. )


( Bannabikira Sisters find strengths in adoring the lord in the Blessed Sacramen. )


The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Feasts

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, holds a very special place in the Bannabikira’s Congregation. She is the Mother whom every Munnabikira must and should emulate. The Bannabkira earnestly ask Mother Mary to pray for special blessings for humanity and in special way, they present the needs of their benefactors, their families, and the people who pass through their hands…

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Jesus says to every Munnabikira:
Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commandments.” Matthew: 28:20

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Health Ministry

“May they have life to the full”. John:

Health ministry is as old as the congregation itself. Since we are guided by the spirit of motherhood, each Munnabikira Sister must have a basic knowledge of health care.

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In this area the Bannabikira sisters are called to work with women’s groups in clubs, teach in vocational schools, to reach out to children and people with disabilities such as the deaf and mute,

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