Nano Nagle’s words, “If I could be of service in saving souls in any part of the globe I would willingly do all in my power” inspired four sisters from India to come to Zimbabwe, then called ‘Southern Rhodesia’, in 1949. They were: Sr. Marie-Louise Frost and the late Mother Bernard, Srs. Aloysius (Bertha) Griffin and Dorothea Carroll. Bishop Chichester had invited the Presentation Sisters to Mount Mellery mission in the Eastern Highlands near the Mozambique border. Our Sisters were engaged in both teaching and nursing and were joined by others from Matlock. Our first African Sister, Aletha Matiswairi was professed in 1980. The Liberation War which ended triumphantly with Independence for Zimbabwe in 1980 caused our rural missions in Mt. Mellery, Avila, St. Benedict’s and St. Killian’s to be closed at various stages, for reasons of safety.
St. Michael’s preparatory school for boys and Nagle House secondary school for girls were established in the 50s and 60s in Harare and Marondera, respectively.
In 1979 Wadzanai Training Centre responded to the need to help Sisters of all congregations who had had their education interrupted by the war, to study for their ‘O’ levels.
Since the historic Union of Presentation Sisters in 1976, Sisters from all our Units were free to volunteer for mission in Zimbabwe and several answered the call.