Religious of the Sacred
Heart of Mary
In 1966 2 RSHM sisters from Ireland arrived in Zambia and went to Chivuna. They worked in a school founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1961. Soon after their arrival the RSHM were asked to run the school on behalf of the Bishop.
Today RSHM are still carrying out this important mission, with great assistance from the Holy Spirit Sisters, one of whom is now the deputy head. At the moment there are 6 RSHM working directly in the school, 3 are from the Northern European Province, the West and East American Provinces and 3 are Zambians. Another RSHM is the Chairperson of the Board of Management. In May 2011 the school celebrated its Golden Jubilee. RSHM sisters also worked in Choma, helping in the Junior Seminary and St. Mulumba’s School for the Handicapped, which was founded by RSHM sisters.
In due course some young women wished to become RSHM. However Bishop Corboy SJ felt it would be more appropriate to found an African Congregation of young women as part of a new breath of the Spirit throughout his Diocese, giving them the title of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. He placed their formation under the direction of the RSHM. Sister Catherine Dunne became their first Novice Mistress. They continued under RSHM direction until their first General Chapter in 1994 when a Holy Spirit Sister became their Superior General. Since then RSHM and HSS have continued to work side by side in several ministries.
Since 1966 many sisters from the Northern European Province have worked in Zambia and continue to support our sisters there by praying for them, communicating with them and organising fund raising.