n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Empandeni interlude, 1989-1903 : Journal of a woman missionary, Josephine Bullen SND de Namur at the turn of the century in Rhodesia, J. Bullen; B.R. Tiernan (Ed.) : book review

Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This book is a diary of a Catholic nun, Josephine Bullen from the Sisters of Notre Dame (SND). Almost daily, she relates her experiences, culture shock, the beauty of the country during her four-year period of serving the church in Zimbabwe in an area that was then Matabeleland, and later became Southern Rhodesia. The SND were sent out to support the Jesuit brothers who were already there teaching the sons of the local indigenous people. The job of the sisters was to teach the girls of the local tribes. They found it extremely difficult to persuade the local people to convert to Christianity and to accept the value of educating their children.

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