Divine Word Parish Marks her Feast Day

The Transfiguration of the Lord Feast, at DIWOPA Parish Kayole

Last Sunday the 6th of August, our SVD Parish in Kayole, Nairobi (DIWOPA)  celebrated her feast day of the Transfiguration of the Lord.  After the colourful Eucharistic celebration,  the chairman thanked the christians for participating in various church activities and offering themselves and their financial support to the development of the parish.

DIWOPA just received a new parish priest Fr.  Justus Rottuk, svd, after the former Parish Priest, Fr. Tony Amissah, svd was elected the SVD Kenya-Tanzania Provincial Superior.

We congratulate the entire DIWOPA fraternity on their Feast Day.

Fr.  Lawrence Muthee,  SVD

The Young Believers

The young girls of Arusha High School (A level) during their Sunday evening mass.

Working with the young people has been the most fulfilling ministry in my apostolate even before I joined the seminary. Since my high school days, I was involved with mobilization of the young people to know the love of God and enjoy being in the presence of the Lord.

Here in Arusha, I spend every chance I can get with the young people. I have discovered how potential young people are and so I endeavor in pushing them to discover the talents and the gifts they have I show them the trust they most need to fight the negative image the society have of them. This is because I too have become what I am today because I met people along the journey of my life who believed in me, challenged me and gave me the opportunities to discover the great gifts that the Lord has given me. For me now is a pay back time. I can go to great lengths to defend the cause for the youth.

Once they are prepared well and helped to discover and appreciate themselves, the young people can do wonderful things and worship like the seraphim of heaven. The english mass in the school is one of those moments I never wish to end.

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD

Confirmation in Faith, Kimumu SVD Parish

Led By His Lordship the Bishop Of Eldoret, Our parishioners at Kimumu SVD parish, celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation.

According to the Catholic teaching, The sacrament of confirmation completes the sacrament of baptism. If baptism is the sacrament of re-birth to a new and supernatural life, confir- mation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age. The real confession of Christ consist in this ‘that the whole man submits himself to Truth, in the judgment of his understanding, in the submission of his will and in the consecration of his whole power of love . . . To do this, poor-spirited man is only able when he has been confirmed by God’s grace’

This confirmation in the power of the Holy Spirit leading to a firm profession of faith has always been the particular effect which Catholic tradition has ascribed to the sacrament. It is effect which complements and completes that of baptism.

THE CHURCH TEACHES

Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character (Rf. Catholic online).

We congratulate those who have been confirmed and pray that they may be true herards of Christian values.

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD

The Solemn and Permanent Yes

 

It is that thing that only the individual person can know for certain about himself and cannot be read taught or explained in its depths. It is only the one who lives the experience that becomes certain that indeed this is what everything else is all about. I am talking of DISCERNMENT. It is a jargon used mostly in religious circles and for the secular world, it may be understood differently.

Today 3 young men (now famous as The “Tripple A”): Alex (Kenya), Asante (Ghana) and Anthon (Zambia) y, Missionaries of the Society of The Divine Word, concluded their discernment journey today and crowned it with the solemn profession of Perpetual Vows as religious missionaries. This means that after years of self scrutiny and formation in different discplines and in different parts of the world, these 3 young men have made their mind that they would like to give their lives to the mission of the Kingdom of God in a close imitation Jesus the Christ. This is what it means to be a missionary.

Here is an excerpt from the Facebook wall of one of them about their journey that has reached its climax today:

9 years down the memory lane: it was on that Monday morning, 4th of august 2008, that we, ( Frank, Samuel, Stephen, Daniel and myself) arrived in Tamale to start our missionary and religious vocation with the Divine Word Missionaries as a postulants. Now, pray with us (Alex, Tony and myself) as we will consecrate ourselves to God as Divine Word Missionaries (SVD), tomorrow, 5th August, 2017. See what the Lord has done! I will make myself available to all so that I may win some for Christ.

The colourful ceremony took place at the SVD Common Formation Center, in Langata Nairobi, and was presided by Fr. Anthony Amissah, the Provincial Superior, Kenya-Tanzania Province. Present also were many SVD confreres, the families of the newly professed confreres and their representatives, the Friends of SVD – a lay associates group, the choir from Kayole, their classmates and friends.

in the same celebration, 13 of their younger confreres renewed their religious vows.

The three are going out of Africa to other continents, two to Latin America and one to Europe. We want to wish the new missionaries God’s blessings and health as they prepare for the next step, that will be the ordination to the Holy Orders.

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD

A Teaching Experience like no other

 

“The last few months have been the most amazing in my life”, says Fr. Geofrey Kamau, SVD, as we walk across the parking lot of the Brother Beausang Catholic Education Centre in Ngong, Nairobi; when I paid him a visit on June. Fr. Geofrey is completing his studies in Education at the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi.

Recently he finished his teaching practice experience and he did so in style. He and his 50 students visited the Resurrection Garden in Karen, Nairobi. Fr. Geoffrey tell me that teaching at the centre and celebrating mass every Tuesday was a wonderful experience. he says that the most touching experience was to see the muslim students appreciating and taking an active part in the Eucharist including the procession of the Word in songs and dance.

Fr. Geoffrey has since been appointed the rector of the SVD Philosophy Seminary. we wish you all the best in your teaching ministry baba.

 

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD

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