The Irish Region celebrates its jubilarians this year on Sunday July 10th in Dartry House, Dublin.
Despite it being a chilly and windy morning in Malindi, many Christians of Kisumu Ndogo Parish and the neighbouring parishes started arriving very early to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Fr. Albert Buijs mhm and 150 years of Mill Hill Missionaries. It was truly an African celebration with plenty of dance, singing and good Coastal delicacies. Various visitors too graced the occasion; Fr. Albert's family members and friends who had come from The Netherlands, diocesan priests, Mill Hill sisters and fathers/brothers.
Grateful to God, I recently celebrated the golden jubilee of missionary priesthood on Saturday 9th July and have been kindly reminded, in a congratulatory letter from the General Council, of what I have officially been doing over these years in our Society. But I can’t help wondering if what I was commended for would also be endorsed by God who alone knows how far any of us have really responded over all these years to the graces of the Holy Spirit which were offered to us in order to become channels of His mercy and love for the people we were sent to serve in various parts of the world. But what are fifty years of service in God’s sight ? We pray in the words of Psalm 89(90), ‘O Lord…to your eyes a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone, no more than a watch in the night…Make us know the shortness of our life that we may gain wisdom of heart.’
On a fine, bright and sunny Sunday, 10th July 2016, jubilarians, brothers and guests met in a good spirit for the Jubilee Mass at 11 o’clock in the Chapel of the Missionshaus in Brixen. Hans Stampfer and Leonhard Wiedemayr celebrated their Diamond Jubilee, both of them having been ordained on the 8th of July 1956 in Mill Hill, almost exactly 60 years ago.
On Sunday 16th July 2016 the Mill Hill community at Missiehuis Vrijland celebrated the 60 years jubilee of three of its members: Bro Marinus de Groot and Frs Theo Beemster and Fons Geerts.
In this 150 Year Jubilee of the Mill Hill Missionaries a Golden Jubilarian speaks of his personal growth in the missionary calling.