Denver Newsroom, Apr 6, 2022 / 16:01 pm
The American religious sister kidnapped in West Africa this week is a former international leader of her congregation, who was moved to start a missionary outpost in Burkina Faso after a 2011 visit to the country.
Sister Suellen Tennyson, a New Orleans native, had served at a missionary outpost in northern Burkina Faso since 2014. She was reportedly abducted by unidentified armed men on April 5 from the small home she shared with two other members of her congregation, the Marianites of Holy Cross.
Tennyson, 83, was the only one of the sisters kidnapped during the assailants’ invasion of the home, said Sister Ann Lacour, the current Marianite congregational leader. Lacour said she believes the gunmen may have been looking for money and medicine.
Lacour told the Clarion Herald that she and other Marianites are "first and foremost praying for Sister Suellen’s safety and for her release from her captives."