Our Diocesan Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Rosary, popularly known as “Rosarian Sisters” among our people, traces its roots to as far as 1951.We praise and thank God for the vision of the then Monsignor Marcel Saint Denis who belonged to the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) who spearheaded our establishment, when he was Prefect Apostolic of Northern Nyasa (now Northern Region), which has since become the Diocese of Mzuzu which was covering the whole Northern region of Malawi until 20th November 2010 when it was divided, creating a new Diocese of Karonga. The Sisters of the Holy Rosary are working in four Dioceses now, Mzuzu, Karonga, Zomba and the Archdiocese of Lilongwe.
In founding our Institute, Monsignor Marcel Saint Denis, a Canadian, thought of a local congregation, which would understand its own people better, to care for the youths, the sick, adults, poor, orphans, the handicapped and the marginalized.
Our founding Mothers are the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (MIC) from Quebec, Canada, who still work in the Mzuzu diocese. These are the ones who assisted our Founder Marcel St. Denis when he found us. As the numbers of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (MIC) were getting small and finding it harder and harder to have young Sisters come to Malawi, we the Sisters of the Holy Rosary have gradually taken over most of their projects and apostolate yet we are completely independent from them.
Presently, we have 83 professed Sisters, 10 Novices, 8 Postulants and three pre-postulants. Sadly, 20 of our beloved Sisters have already gone to the father. The Charism and Spirituality of our Congregation is to proclaim the Kingdom of God through Service in Love.
In our apostolate, we the Sisters of the Holy Rosary are dedicated to; Spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom by visiting people in their villages and homes, Catechetical work and Pastoral work in Parish ministry, Teaching and Formation work for women (domestic science, house keeping, child care, cooking, Adult Literacy classes, basic health care etc) and the youth. Teaching in Primary and secondary Schools and Nursing the sick in rural Hospitals, Health Centres and mobile clinics, Basic health care, Mother and Child care, Home based care for HIV/AIDS patients and orphan care.
We render our services in various places primarily in Mzuzu and Karonga Diocese, and where need arises elsewhere in Malawi. Currently, we are in Nine of the 14 parishes of Mzuzu and Karonga Diocese and we have a community in Zomba Diocese and Lilongwe Archdiocese.