Celebrating our Veteran Missionary

 

On Tuesday 21/11/2017, six confreres met at the Provincial House in Gigiri Nairobi, to prepare for the forth coming Provinvial Chapter early next year.  Among them was one of the very first missionaries to Kenya,  Bro.  Karl Schaarschmidt,  who was celebrating his 73rd birthday.

Brother Karl came to Kenya in 1985 just a few months after the estsblishment of SVD mission in Kenya.  He has since worked passionately towards the development of the province.  Brother Karl is currently in charge of the Development Office.

Happy birthday Karl.

Fr. Lawrence Muthee,  svd

A visit by his Lordship

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Last Friday 17/11/2017, we were graced by the short visit by his Lordship Peter Kihara,  the Bishop of Marsabit Diocese here in Burka parish,  Arusha.  The Bishop and his companions among the priests,  sisters and lay,  were on transit from Iringa back to Nairobi.

After some rest they celebrated Holy Mass and continued with the journey back to Nairobi.

We want to thank them for passing by.

Fr.  Lawrence Muthee,  svd

 

I have seen the Lord

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It was another week of quietness and reflection about the very First Love – the motive for which we made a choice to serve.  Last week the second group of SVD confreres retreated to Tabor Hill to recommit themselves to the mission of Christ impeled by His love.

We want to thank Fr.  Xene Sanchez who has journed with us throughout the past two weeks guiding both the groups in their retreat.  The inputs were very enriching. Muchísimas gracias Padre Xene.

Fr.  Lawrence Muthee,  SVD

 

 

Little by Little the Dream Takes Shape


 

 

 

It was on August 23rd when the first consignment of materials to set up an English medium Nursery School in Matepes, Arusha was delivered. Two months later, the dream structure that will serve the people of Matepes as a nursery school for the children, youth center and catechism classes, has taken shape. The main contribution has been from KIPEKEE, an NGO started by some Spanish medical students, led by Miss Lorena, in cause to respond to the needs of the neighbour, in this case the people of Matepes village located in the outskirts of Arusha.

Other generous contributors whose contributions have helped with the finishings include Mrs. Simona from Madrid, Mrs. Jackline of Madrid Plus language academy, Spec consultancy in Nairobi, Mrs. Josephine from Nairobi, Mama Lolo and family from Cameroon, Miss Teresa from Madrid, Miss. Winnie Kamau of Heritage insurance Nairobi, Mrs. Devotha from Matepes, Mrs. Shirikwa and the family (who have provided a room for the builders including preparing food), the Women of Mateves who have been taking turns to cook, Catechist Charles who has been providing security as well as being store keeper, Small Christian communities of Matepes who, led by the chairman Mr. Mmasy,  have contributed in different ways and finally but not the least, the builders led by Mr. Wilbath, among many others who have collaborated in this noble cause. We want to thank you all for believing and sharing in our cause to transform the society through modern learning.

We still need to put ceiling boards, chairs and tables for the children and office furniture. We are especially most grateful to God Almighty for bringing us to this point. We believe that through his help we will be able to complete the remaining part and inaugurate the school. We are appealing for more help to complete the remaining part.

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD

Receiving Eucharistic Jesus & the Holy Spirit

Epiphany Parish Burka-Arusha celebrates the initial Sacraments

On 22 October 2017, more than 250 children fom Epiphany Parish, Burka-Arusha, received the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. In a colourful Mass led by His Emminence Josaphat Louis Lebulu, the Archbishop of Arusha Archdiocese and Fr. Peter Pinto the Parish Priest, the young faithful were urged to remain rooted in the word of God and imitate the Eucharistic Jesus that they received in their lives.

After the celebration of the Sacraments, the children shared a meal to mark the unity in faith. We wish them God’s blessings as they journey in faith.

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD