In the United States of America
Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa is a 501(c)3 California Non-Profit Corporation. The purpose of this organization in the United States is to provide religious-related services in holistic approach. The corporation intends to improve people’s lives spiritually, physically, and economically within the framework of the Catholic Church; particularly by creating a bridge of understating and cooperation between people in the United States of America (U.S.A) and Tanzania.
The Corporation will help facilitate opportunities for the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa, a Catholic Women’s Religious Community of Sisters, founded in 1955 in Tanzania, to do ministry in the U.S., and create opportunities for people in the U.S. to better connect with the people of Tanzania through them. In the U.S., the Sisters will provide services according to the needs of the society and the local church. The Corporation will provide opportunities for people in the U.S. to participate in the Sisters’ ministry in Tanzania in the areas of education, health care, clean water, economic development and ministries to children (disabled, homeless, trafficked, orphans, their needs for education), women, disabled adults, and disadvantaged persons, among others.
Board of Directors
Sr. Benedicta Wasonga, IHSA
Sr. Regina Mtowa, IHSA
Fr. Art Wille, MM
Dn. Matt Dulka
Dn. Jeff Burns
Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa (IHSA) is a community of Roman Catholic Women Religious who through their lives and ministries, reflect God’s love and compassion to the people of Africa and the United States of America.
Our founder, Monsignor Gerald Grondin, a Maryknoll Missioner, canonically erected the Congregation on July 29th, 1955. Monsignor Grondin gave us the Maryknoll Sisters as our mentors and advisers; a duty which was carried on by Sister Rosemarie Dagg, MM., as the Novice Mistress.
The Maryknoll Sisters remained with us, until 1969, when our first mother general, Sr. Maria Consolata John, assisted by Consultors, also elected from our membership.
The IHSA accompany and minister to the people of Tanzania in the areas of faith formation, community development, children (disabled, homeless, trafficked, orphans, disadvantaged) , victims of human trafficking, women, education, and health care. We invite you to learn more about our community and join our efforts to bring the Good News of God’s love to the people of Tanzania and the United States of America.
Msgr. Gerald Grondin, M.M. – Founder
The Motherhouse and Generalate are in the The Diocese of Musoma, Tanzania, East Africa; on the Eastern shore of Lake Victoria.
Charism and Spirit
The charism of the IHSA is Conversion. The character and special spirit given to us by our founder and carried on and developed in our traditions is to be missionaries; intending in all that we do – spiritual and active works, to be missionary witnesses to all people according to the saying of our Master: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” Mt. 5:16.
Currently, our Sisters work to fulfill this charisma by serving in Tanzanian in the dioceses of Musoma, Shinyanga, Singida, Geita, Mwanza, Dodoma, and Dar es Salaam. In the United States, the IHSA are in the Catholic Diocese of Monterey, California.