Nun at the prayer vigil for consecrated life in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 28, 2016. Credit: Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mar 8, 2017, / 01:43 pm sources: (CNA/EWTN News).-

The Church in Ethiopia is sadness the losses of four religious sisters who pass away in a car accident that unsympathetically wounded three other sisters.


The coincidence elaborate members of the Audience of the Descendants of St. Anne. Eight sisters were driving to the city of Hawassa for a funeral of one sister’s relative. Neighbouring the east-central Ethiopian town of Meki, a truck surpassed them on the road, triggering the accident. “The news of the traffic death of four sisters in Ethiopia, the Daughters of St. Anne, touches our hearts and emotions very deeply,” said Monsignor John E. Kozar, president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA). “I know the Church of Ethiopia has lost some very devoted servants.” Three of the four dead have been recognised as Sister Weinshet Gebru, the provincial superior and head of a formation house; Sister Motu Baba, former administrator of Guder Girls’ Orphanage; and Sister Hanna Bekute, former director of Guder Catholic School. The sisters are involved in pastoral and human formation. They run schools, health facilities, sewing schools, vocational training centres, orphanages, and a school for the visually impaired. They have partnered with CNEWA for several initiatives.


Regional CNEWA director Argaw Fantu hailed the sisters as “jewels of the Church.” Fantu requested prayers for the comfort of their religious community, praying that “God may bless them with the loveliness to keep on serving the people.”

The Daughters of St. Anne have been in Ethiopia since 1968. The worshipers celebrated its 150th-anniversary last year.

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