The Parishoners of Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish, Soweto, Nairobi were in a celebratory atmosphere as they welcomed Fr. Paulus Budi Kleden SVD, the Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word when he visited the parish community on Sunday, 17th February 2019. Fr. Kleden presided over a very lively celebration of the Holy Eucharist which was con-celebrated by a number confreres from SVD Nairobi District and other guest priests.
Led by the choir, the whole liturgy was full of song and dance and both the priests and the congregation could not resist raising to their feet to dance to beautiful music. The altar boys and liturgical dancers were not left behind either with their matching uniforms.
In his very inspiring homily, Fr. General urged the Christians to always trust in God, and to cultivate a strong community spirit just like our Founder, St. Arnold Janssen did in his days. He was humbled by the many gifts presented to him by various Small Christian Communities and Devotional groups of the parish, at the end of the Mass.
After the mass, Fr. General, accompanied by the Provincial Superior Fr. Tony Amissah and other confreres together with the parishioners, planted a tree to mark the memorable visit.
We would like to thank Fr. Leon Ipoma SVD, Bro. Lawrence Kibaara SVD, and Bro. Anthony Nguyen Van Khoat SVD, our confreres working in the mission, together with the parish pastoral council who meticulously planned the entire visit by Superior General.
We cannot also forget the entire congregation of Sts. Joachim and Ann parish for their generosity during this maiden visit. It was indeed a moment to cherish for Fr. Kleden himself as well as for the people of Soweto.
After the Eucharist, Fr. General, the confreres, the sisters shared sumptuous lunch in the parish house.
Fr. Amaldoss Rethinasamy, SVD