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The Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of Tarbes was founded in the year 1843 in France, by six young girls who had a special experience of God, urging them to live a life of Contemplation. Living together in communion they became sensitive to the needs of the people around and responded enthusiastically to their call to educate children, care for the sick and undertook many forms of service.

Rooted in our Charism of Trinitarian Communion, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes, radically share in the vision and mission of Jesus, “ Father, may they all be one ”. ( Jn. 17 : 21 )

May we all be one.


  1. Inner dynamism: source of Audacity and Joy
  2. Simplicity: implies Trust and humility
  3. Welcome: expressed through attentiveness, openness, availability and presence
  4. The communitarian aspect: Spirit of our charism, sign of communion and hope of the kingdom
  5. Constant search: Religious life is a permanent ongoing conversion
  6. Seeking with the heart of the poor: fraternal participation and collaboration with all


The first sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes came to Kenya from India in 1982. In Kenya, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes are currently working in Nine dioceses ie Garissa, Lodwar, Machakos, Embu, Nyeri, Meru, Nakuru, Nairobi, and Mombasa with 19 small Communities or Mission stations. From Kenya, the sisters have also gone out as Missionaries to Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, France and USA.

We remain available to all God’s people through our service with a special option for the marginalized poor and vulnerable in the society. We respond enthusiastically to our call to Prayer and active ministry through our various apostolates such as Education and formation of the youths especially girls and future sisters, Pastoral /catechetical work in parishes & schools, Social ministry e.g. HIV/Aids programs & services, medical service /Nursing the sick& aged, Teaching, etc. to mention just but a few and all are served with the same love.

Thus, we are both contemplative and active witnesses of the Gospel of Christ.