The Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a religious and apostolic Institute of local origin. “Sisters Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus – Juba” is their official title. In Uganda they are called “Sacred Heart Sisters of Moyo”, as their main centre is Moyo town, Arua Diocese. They are a Catholic, local congregation of religious women founded in 1954 by the late Bishop Sixtus Mazzoldi in Juba, South Sudan. Bishop Mazzoldi was a Comboni Missionary who was then the Bishop of Juba. They are not attached to any other international congregation who may also bear the name “Sacred Heart”.
Fr Sixtus Mazzoldi came to Sudan in 1931, and was at Rejaf Parish among the Bari people. Three years later in 1934, he was transferred to Kapoeta. He remained at Kapoeta for 12 years. Then he left the area in 1946 in order to become Rector of Okaru seminary. In 1947, he went to Italy to take part in the General Chapter of their congregation. At the end of that same year he was appointed the Regional Superior of the missionaries of the Prefecture Apostolic of Bahr-el-Gebel. In 1951, when the Prefecture Apostolic of Bahr-el-Gebel was elevated to Vicariate Apostolic, Mazzolidi was chosen to be its first Bishop. He was consecrated Bishop on 24th June 1951 in Trento (Italy). His Episcopal motto was: “So that they could have life”.
His attention to the evangelization of the rural population entrusted to his care continued in his new place of responsibility as pastor of the whole Vicariate. It was at this time that besides the normal pastoral work in his Vicariate, Bishop Mazzoldi took upon himself the responsibility of starting the two religious’ congregations of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Brothers of St Martin de Porres. At foundation, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were called “The Sudanese Teaching Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Juba”. As the Congregation expanded to Uganda and Kenya, the name of the congregation was modified to “Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus” to include all nationalities.
The aim of establishing this congregation was to evangelize and educate children in schools. However, with time, the sisters began to engage in various other activities that could foster the development of the local Church, such as pastoral work, social work, nursing (health care) and others and helping the Orphans of the Prolonged political-war.
In the Archdiocese of Gulu, the Sacred Heart Sisters of Moyo have two communities. They run two girls tailoring schools: St. Monica Gulu and Atyak, a kindergarten, and a dispensary. Some of their members also teach in Ocer Campion Jesuit College.
In Juba Archdiocese, the Scared Heart Sisters run an Orphanage in the war-torn poverty-stricken Area. Despite the few positive economic achievements, South Sudan remains among the poorest countries in the world and four out of five South Sudanese still live below the international poverty line of $1.90 per day.
The Catholic Caritas Juba is a public humanitarian organization with ecclesiastical legal personality, which helps those in need regardless of age, gender or denomination through the maintenance of social and health care institutions and various aid programs and actions. Our work is defined by the principles and standards developed and adopted by the major international aid organizations. We consider it most important that the personal love of the volunteers and professional staff working in the caritas network reaches the people we support. We practice charity in a community and we welcome all those who are interested in these communities.
The charity rooted in love of God is primarily the responsibility of each believer, but it is also the responsibility of the entire ecclesial community at all levels: from local communities to sub-churches (dioceses) to the entire world church. The Church as a community must also practice love. This, in turn, requires that love have the organizations to carry out community service in an orderly manner (Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical on Christian love beginning with Deus caritas est). So Caritas is both a movement and an institution. A movement in which volunteers work and an institution that, as the official aid organization of the Catholic Church, provides the framework for the work.