By the end of the 20th century, it was clear that the future and salvation of black female religious life laid in Africa, where vocations remained strong, and the current global spotlight on Sister Rosemary and her ministry is a testament to it.
Because embracing the celibate religious state has historically enabled black women and girls to contest and transcend the most harrowing of circumstances, it is likely that the African sister population will continue to grow. If so, the increasing presence and international visibility of African sisters laboring outside of Africa may even lead to a reversal in the declining numbers of sisters in Europe and the Americas in the coming decades. As a result, the Catholic Church may finally be able to live up to its fullest (and most revolutionary) potential in the areas of the world that need its resources the most. And black sisters may very well lead the way.