Maryknoll Society in Namibia

by Richard Albertine

The Maryknoll Sisters wanted to establish themselves in Southern Africa to help the Church there, especially in the important post-independence years. Apartheid had been such a negative force, and as Christians the Sisters wished to give Christian witness to the reconciliation processes taking place in Southern Africa. Namibia was attractive because the Church was at least a generation behind other African areas. The Sisters aided the Bishops in the important areas of education and catechetics on the national area. Others arrived in turn and began in basic Church and Community Development work. The Maryknoll Fathers undertook to help the local Church in the formation of the first Major Seminary on a national level for diocesan priests who number less than five in the whole country.