The Sisters of Nazareth in Africa
In 1881, a small group of Sisters arrived in South Africa at the invitation of the Bishop of Cape Town. Their mission was to care for indigent elderly and orphaned children. Today, more than a hundred years later, Nazareth House South Africa still provides a caring and compassionate haven for. the most vulnerable members of our society. Assisted by lay administrative and nursing staff, and a small army of volunteers, the Sisters of Nazareth continue to uphold the core values of Victoire Larmenier, which are as timeless as humanity: justice, patience, love, respect, compassion and hospitality. Throughout Nazareth House Africa’s rich history there have been numerous visitors including politicians, human rights activists and well known celebrities. Some of the highlights included visits from Nelson Mandela in 1998 and Tony Blair in 1999.
We, the Sisters of Nazareth, aim to share the love of God through our ministries of care and education and our openness to respond to the needs of the times.
From the late 1850s, our ministries as Sisters of Nazareth are carried out in many ways across the world, always reflecting our Mission Statement and Core Values.
The five Regions we operate across, in our Nazareth Houses include America, Australasia, Ireland, Southern Africa and the UK.
Our work involves:
– Care for older people in nursing and residential Homes – our main focus in all our Regions – and in care villages, providing flexible support for assisted living.
– Care for children and young people of all ages, from babies in South Africa, through nursery schools in England and Wales and high schools in other Regions.
– Other Ministries according to the needs of the local area.
– Clinics and food programmes in South Africa.
We run ‘Mission Alive’ programmes to help all people involved in Nazareth Houses to help them understand and reflect our Mission and Core Values in their daily activities. All those who work and live in Nazareth Houses are invited to share the vision of Victoire Larmenier. We need YOU to help us pass on the spirit which animated those early pioneers.