DR Congo: ‘A Sower Went out to Sow’
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DR Congo: ‘A Sower Went out to Sow’

I serve in a very remote Mission here in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At times, life seems tough, other times, I feel like the Word of God is falling on rocks (Mt 13:5). There are nights I sleep wake up as a missionary and feel: Oh boy! What am I doing in this interior…

Kiltegan Missionaries in Kenya: Triple Presence Hailed
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Kiltegan Missionaries in Kenya: Triple Presence Hailed

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Nakuru Diocese, Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba, has hailed members of St. Patrick’s Missionary Society (SPS) who have ministered in the Kenyan Episcopal See for their instrumental role in evangelization through what he termed “triple presence.” Bishop Muhatia who was presiding over the Priestly ordination of a member of the Irish-founded…

50 Years of Service to the Missions
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50 Years of Service to the Missions

50 Years of Service to the Missions.  “Whatever you are giving to the missions you are giving to the Lord.” (Hugh Brennan, Hexham & New Castle Diocese, July 2021) On Sunday 4th July, Fr Dermot and myself celebrated Mass at St Michael’s Parish in Houghton-Le-Spring in New Castle. Mr Hugh Brennan had contacted our Missio…

Visiting the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ at Gentinnes: A Dream Deferred
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Visiting the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ at Gentinnes: A Dream Deferred

For many years, ever since I heard of its inauguration, I have felt a strong desire to visit the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ in the Belgian hamlet of Gentinnes, but somehow a suitable occasion never seemed to materialise. For too long it remained a dream deferred. Until, that is to say, towards the end of last month,…

Bamenda, Cameroon: ‘I’m So Proud of my Brother
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Bamenda, Cameroon: ‘I’m So Proud of my Brother

Ruud Verhoeven writes admiringly of his brother, Nol (Arnold) Verhoeven MHM, onhis Facebook page: Anyone who has ever followed my stories knows that Nol (Arnold) , the last brother left to me, felled a few years ago by a brain disorder, was forced from Cameroon to end up in a rest home for retired missionaries…

Jubilees 2021 in Herbert House, Freshfield.
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Jubilees 2021 in Herbert House, Freshfield.

Homily delivered by Dermot Byrne MHM at this year’s jubilee celebrations at Herbert House, Freshfield, U.K. This year’s jubilees are a little odd. We’ve become used, over the last few years, to the idea that our senior members far outnumber our younger ones in this Region, and that is often reflected in the jubilees we…

The Common Thread of a Jubilarian’s Missionary Life
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The Common Thread of a Jubilarian’s Missionary Life

Jubilarian Folkert Kruis MHM reflects on the underlying thread of sixty years of missionary involvement in Kenya. The common thread The first thing we all did after arriving in the country we were appointed to was learning the language. There were usually no books to help you, but you could find a teacher to help…

Feast of the Sacred Heart
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Feast of the Sacred Heart

The Judaeo-Christian tradition sees the whole of creation as God’s beloved handiwork, so it is not surprising to find that love has a central place in all four gospels. In the synoptics, Jesus incarnates God’s love by reaching out to the poor and despised members of the society of his time, and by performing miracles…

The Netherlands: Contactblad Magazine
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The Netherlands: Contactblad Magazine

Summer 2021

Kenya: Appointment New Apostolic Commissary of Apostles of Jesus Congregation
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Kenya: Appointment New Apostolic Commissary of Apostles of Jesus Congregation

The Vatican has through the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) appointed Fr. Angelo Bettelli, a member of Canossian Sons of Charity (FDCC), as the new Pontifical Commissary for the Religious Missionary Order of the Apostles of Jesus (AJ). Fr. Angelo takes over from Monsignor Raphael p’Mony Wokorach a member…

Fr Alleluya Part III: How I moved to Kenya’s East Coast
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Fr Alleluya Part III: How I moved to Kenya’s East Coast

Fr. Alleluya Part II:  Mission in Kisii
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Fr. Alleluya Part II: Mission in Kisii