In this interview Sr. Kathryn Holohan reflects on her desire to become a missionary at a very early age and the opportunity to do so in Papua New Guinea. One of the first four Sisters of St. Francis to contribute to a functional education system in the Southern Highlands, Sr. Kate discusses the travel to PNG as well as the lack of resources. She also highlights the success of their collaborative mission work with other Sisters from different parts of the world, not only in contributing to the education of the native people, but also founding a system to accommodate native vocation among the women of PNG.
In this interview Sr. Martine Mayborg highlights Mother Cephas's "Motherhouse Message" for the call to mission work in Papua New Guinea and her overall experience of traveling and teaching there. Sr. Martine was one of the first four Sisters of St. Francis (Oldenburg) to be sent there for their mission work, teaching various subjects disciplines to elementary school children. Sr. Martine describes the unlikely circumstances for the Sisters' undertaking of the mission work, as well as the conditions experienced there. In particular, she describes cultural experiences relating to the gender and social status, food, and language of the native people, as well as the gradual development toward independence gained 1975.