In a joyful ceremony full of color, music, light and love, Sister Mumbi Kigutha professed final vows on April 23 in the Salem Heights chapel at our central house in Dayton.
Several of Sister Mumbi’s family and friends attended the ceremony and celebrations, as did Sisters from across the U.S. and Guatemala. Readings and songs were conducted in Kikuyu and Swahili as well as English, and a choir in Kenya was able to participate in the liturgy virtually.
Sister Mumbi grew up in Njoro, a small town in Kenya, where her mother was a professor at Egerton University and her father worked as a doctor. She professed first vows with the Sisters of the Precious Blood in 2018 and serves as a reconciliation consultant for organizations such as Jesuit Refugee Services.
– Story by Mary Knapke
Top, Sister Mumbi requests to Sister Edna Hess to make her perpetual profession as a Sister of the Precious Blood; middle, Felista Tsuut, Pauline Siesegh, Sister Juliana Wuur, Sister Mumbi and Shela Calixte dance to the Thanksgiving Song (Swahili), Jina Maria Ni Jina Tukufu (Mary’s Name is Holy); bottom, Father Denny Kinderman, CPPS, gives the final blessing. Michelle Bodine photos.