When Sister Roselyn Ninsiima studied agriculture at a monastery in Kenya, the priests and other religious were surprised that a Sister would be sent to practice farming. Indeed, the experience broadened even Sister Roselyn’s conception of the existential nature of farming.
She shares, “Agriculture is not just having farms and animals, or cultivation and harvesting as many would look at it, but it is also being mindful of what God has created and appreciating its usefulness to our being.”
During her studies, Sister Roselyn developed a way to use microscopic living organisms to boost plant growth and eradicate unpleasant smells, impressing her supervisor.
Sister Roselyn, who was born in Uganda in 1982, made her First Vows as a Medical Mission Sister (MMS) in 2012. She was first assigned to the Rubanda community in the South West of Uganda, where she worked with orphans and other youth, helping to dispense medicine as well as working as a relief cashier at an MMS health unit.
During that time, she shared her passion for gardening, and MMS in the Rubanda community continue to harvest a variety of vegetables. and have a promising banana crop. After three years, Sister Roselyn went to Kenya to study at Baraka Agricultural College. After completing her studies in 2017, she continued her care for orphans as well as those living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. In addition to facilitating a “Come and See,” she helps to give classes to postulants and, of course, she practices her passion for agriculture in her community’s garden. Sister Roselyn plans to make Vows for Life in September 2020.