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Deputy Secretary

Sr. Maria Rukwishiro, SJI

Sister Maria Sheri. Rukwishuro SJI born and raised on a farm in a traditional Catholic family in Zimbabwe. Was inspired by the Sisters of the Child Jesus who taught me in High School. I took my First Vows in 1996 and Final vows in 2003 after joining in 1990. I went on to earn my Diploma in Religious Education from the University of Zimbabwe, Bachelor of Science Psychology from Fairmont State University and Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction ( Teacher Leadership) from Salem University, West Virginia.

For over twenty-five years I have dedicated my life to educating young people as a teacher in schools administered by the Dioceses in Zimbabwe teaching Religious Education, now I serve as Faith Formation Coordinator at Immaculate Conception Church. I served as the Liaison of the US Mission of my Order from 2007- 2018. In 2012 to date was appointed as Zimbabwe Catholic Community National Advisor by the USCCB. I have held different positions in ACCCRUS since 2012 till to date as Vice Financial Secretary, National Treasure from 2015- 2019 and now I am Vice Secretary. In the Women Religious Wing (AWRCUSA) I have held different position too in which now I am the National Secretary. I was named “Woman of Distinction” in 2017 by the PWA of Harrison County, for my work in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

“…Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. I have learned that if God commanded it, I am not to question it. This verse helps me to know my strength and my life are in the hands of the one who holds the world in his hand. Looking forward to journeying with you all! Blessing!!!