Four years ago and nearly 9,000 miles from San Antonio, the Moipei triplets — Marta, Magdalene (Maggy) and Mary — made the decision to attend St. Mary’s University. “By coming here, I feel like we changed the course of our future,” Maggy said. The Moipei sisters have been called “Kenya’s greatest musical export” and “Kenya’s favorite daughters.” The triplets, along with their younger sister, Seraphine, who remained in Kenya, have performed together since they were children, singing for audiences around the world.
The triplets first learned of St. Mary’s through the Rev. Martin Solma, S.M., St. Mary’s Chancellor, who had lived in Kenya for 25 years and was a close family friend of the Moipeis. Solma shared the sisters’ CD with St. Mary’s President Thomas M. Mengler, J.D., hoping to convince him that the triplets should attend St. Mary’s. “I called him up the next day and said, ‘I’m in,’” Mengler said. Offered full scholarships to make their education possible, Maggy said, “St. Mary’s chose us. They gave us the chance to be together, even so far from home.” “What I really like about St. Mary’s is that it’s not always about yourself. It’s about living to serve others,” said Mary of how the triplets have embraced Marianist values by choosing to give back through song.
Story by Nikki Harris