On May 21st the Mill Hill missionaries in East Africa celebrated the 150 year Jubilee of the Mill Hill Missionary Society at Kibuye Cathedral in Kisumu. The solemn Eucharist was presided over by Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, Papal Nuncio to Kenya.
This is the May 2016 issue of the Magazine published by the Second Cycle Mill Hill students in Nairobi.
Fr Philip Odhiambo Obaso mhm presently serves in the parish of Bintangor in the Diocese of Sibu, East Malaysia.
From Kisumu in Kenya Fr Hans Burgman mhm sent this poetic contribution to our 'Jubilee Witnsess' page.
On May 1st six new Temporary members took their Temporary Oath in the presence of Fr Bernard Phelan who on behalf of Fr Philip Adede (Regional Superior), received their temporary commitment.
To appreciate God's guidance throughout my life, I wish to share with the friends of Mill Hill tee following. When I was born, Europe was in turmoil. It was during the Second World War. The village of my parents was still poorly developed. Being a mountainous area the nearest road was about 5 kilometers away. There was as yet no electricity in the village. We were a community of 20 farmers. The little primary school had just one classroom for all 5 classes, with only one teacher nor all classes; in all 24 pupils. The parish priest came twice a week for religious instructions and for Holy Mass.
Men and Women religious in Kenya will on Saturday, April 16, celebrate a requiem Mass in memory of Sr. Mary Judith Kanini and her three companion sisters, of the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa who were assassinated on March 4 in Aden, Yemen. According to an invitation sent out to the religious community from the Religious Superiors’ Conference of Kenya (RSCK), the Mass that will be celebrated at Holy Family Basilica will start at 10:00 in the morning and will be presided over by be Bishop David Kamau, Auxiliary Bishop of Nairobi. According to Bro. Reginald Cruz, CFX Vice Postulator and Liaison for Religious in the Archdiocese of Nairobi they will “…also take the occasion to pray for the safety of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian priest living in Mother Teresa's Home who was abducted during the attack in Aden. “The requiem Mass is to help many of the religious to ritualize their own feelings regarding the martyrdom of Sr Judith because she was a religious like the rest of us,” Bro Cruz told CISAon a phone interview. Requiem Masses were already celebrated in other countries: in Yemen where the nuns were killed and in Rwanda and India where the other nuns came from. “The Requiem Mass will not only be a moment for us to be united in prayer but a time for us to show solidarity and express our gratitude for the Missionaries of Charity. Please do come and invite others to participate,” read the invite addressed to the superiors of the men and women religious in Kenya. On March 4, two gunmen attacked Missionaries of Charity's convent and nursing home in Aden, Yemen killing Sr. Anslem, Sr. Judith, Sr. Marguerite Mukashema, and Sr. Reginette, along with sixteen other victims. According to a statement from the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, Sr. Anslem from Ranchi, India would have turned 60 years old onMay 8. Sr. Judith from Kenya had just turned 41 years old on February 2. Sr. Marguerite from Rwanda would have been 44 years old on April 29. The youngest nun, Sr. Reginette, from Rwanda would have turned 33 on June 29.
In this 150 Year Jubilee of the Mill Hill Missionaries a Golden Jubilarian speaks of his personal growth in the missionary calling.
The front cover shows the Martyrs of Uganda in a stained glass window created by Brother Joseph van Heeswijk, a Mill Hill missionary who worked in Uganda all his life. This beautiful window is in Rubaga Cathedral Kampala.
'Eli, Eli, lamma sabachtani?' - 'My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?' Way of the Cross conceived by Hans Burgman mhm and installed at the chapel of the Catholic Community Centre at Nyalenda, Kisumu, Kenya.