A game of Volley for the youth of SVD Epiphany Parish in Arusha, Tanzania

 

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Last february, we made a Volleyball pitch for our young people in Epiphany Parish in the Archidiocese of Arusha-tanzania. When we began, only a few of them had a slight idea about the game. Almost five months after, many of them have learnt how to play and have come to love the game, such that they want to play even at night.

The intention of starting this game was not only to bring the young people together during there free time, but also to help them develop a number of life-skills that a game of volleyball helps to develop. Among others, is the ability to work as a team, the ability to accept defeat and celebrate victory, physical and mental exercise, to develop a spirit of tolerance and come to the realization that no one can play the game of  life alone, among others

We meet at 4.30pm-6.30pm during the weekdays. On Saturdays we do not play because we have choir practice for the English Mass that is led by them. On Sundays we meet in the morning for mass, then at 3pm we meet for our sharing session in which we discuss different issues that affect the day to day lives of the youth and we end with a volleyball match.

Through these activities we have seen a huge and positive transformation of our young people.

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD

Our new nocices

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Last week, on 22 June 2017, two of our young seminarians, who just completed their studies in Philosophy, travelled to Ghana to begin their Noviciate Program in Nkwatia-Kwahu, that will last for one year. They are Bernard Ong’au Obuya  and George Muinde Katuka. We wish them all the best in this important stage in their formation.

 

“Yeho-hanan” God is gracious

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Today is the feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist. John became the herald of the grace of God not only to his barren parents but to all humanity. His mission was ordained for him long before his birth.

Today, the heralds of this everlasting grace of God that, the one confirmed in Christ, are the missionaries who take the place of Jesus of Nazareth, and in imitation of Him dispense his Love, consolation and mercy to the people.

To be a missionary is the call given to all the baptized. All are called to be Christs to one another. However, there are those called in a special way to follow closely the path of self-denial and imitate Christ more closely by leaving everything else behind.

The interpretation of this call is only one way, that of evergrowing imitationof “Jesus of Nazareth”, that is to say, the missionary need to really know who Jesus of Nazareth was and how he went about his mission by his Father.

May the Lord of harvest bless and guide all the missionaries.

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, svd

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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The devotion and consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has sustained the missionaries and their work of evangelization since the foundation of the Church by the apostles following the commission by Christ Himself. Among these missionaries we have St. Arnold Janssen-the founder of the Divine Word missionaries, St. Joseph Freinademetz-The First Missionary to China sent by Arnold, and St. Daniel Comboni-The founder of Comboni Missionaries and Himself a missionary in Sudan.

Sr. Arnold became an apostle to the Sacred Heart and his Motto was: “MAY THE HEART OF JESUS LIVE IN THE HEART OF ALL PEOPLE”. (Fr. Geoffrey Kamau via whatsapp)

As Divine Word Missionaries our basic and most important calling is that through our lives and preaching, the people we serve may know and experience the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We can only do this by imitating the heart of Jesus, full of loving kindness, mercy, forgiveness, and concern for all without discrimination.

May the Sacred Heart live in our hearts

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, svd