On 1st January 2012
On welcoming the Region’s Government request and to answer the urgent socio-economical needs of the population, the Bishop of the Catholic Church of Tigray, Mgr Tesfasselassie Medhin asked the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Jeanne-Antide, for a presence of religious to work in the domain of Health, Education and the Promotion of women.
At this stage Sr Reine Youssef, Egyptian and Sr Constance Colace, Italian, arrived in Ethiopia on the 14th November 2003. For three months the two sisters lodged with the Community of the Silesian Sisters of Adwa to become familiar with the place and to learn the Tigrinya language before they settle down in their mission in Shirè, in the beginning of Lent, 2004.
Sr. Reine, Sr. Constance and the parish priest were the first catholic presence in Shirè and the first to celebrate Mass in the city.
In front of such a rapid answer, the Local Authority of Shirè granted the Sisters of Charity a piece of land of around 30.000 square meters to build a kindergarten school, a clinic and a centre for the promotion of the woman.
The sisters begin to welcome postulants and aspirants and provide formation for them.