My name is Sr. M. Getrude Ramokotjo, I was born in Modderpoort near Ladybrand in 1933/01/02.
I attended school at Assisi Primary School from grade 4 – 7. The school was run by the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen from Germany. I was very much attracted by their way of life.
One day my class teacher asked me whether I would like to join them. I was so delighted because I had already felt something like that in my heart, but I thought that kind of life is only for the Europeans, because I had not seen African Religious sisters yet.
In 1954 I finished my schooling and on the 17th Jan. I joined them and there were only 3 African Sister at that time. My former class teacher, Sr. M. Theresilla was my Novice Mistress.
I make my final vows in 1957. Next year in 2022, I’ll celebrate my 65th anniversary. My 5 colleagues are already in heaven.
I was sent to Johannesburg to do teachers course, when I came back I became a Principal for Assisi Primary School for about 9 years. From there I was sent to Marianhill to learn about Pastoral work. From Marianhill I came back to teach in Mariasdal High School for 8 years. In 1984 I went to Botshabelo to do Pastoral work. In 1987 until 1993 I became the Provincial.
In 1995 I went to teach at St. Bernard High School in Blomfontein until 2010 From there I was doing Pastoral work again, but this time I was only visiting different hospitals in Bloemfontein, praying and giving Communion to the sick. Now I have retired and enjoying my old age in Assisi.