Turkana (2015 Updates)PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF WYCLIFFE OCHIENG
On December 12th, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Deacon Wycliffe Ochieng was ordained to the priesthood at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle at Nariokotome Mission, Diocese of Lodwar (Turkana), northern Kenya. Wycliffe, who is 33 years old, is a member of the public association of the faithful Missionary Community of St. Paul the Apostle and Mary, Mother of the Church or, as many in CPS would know, MCSPA.
The ordination mass was presided by Rt. Rev. Dominic Kimengich, Bishop of Lodwar, who emphasized the tremendous work of the Community in the north-eastern part of this vast diocese in bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people of Turkana. He praised the number of local African vocations in the MCSPA and asked the faithful to support and pray for them.
In typical Turkana way of celebrating, the mass was very colourful with exuberant singing and dancing. The joy of the people could not have been more apparent! After the mass, there was food for all the people, who came from the different settlements by the lakeshore and the mountains, some a whole night’s trek away. There were visitors from Spain and the UK and also from Mombasa on the Kenyan coast where Wycliffe comes from.
The following day, Sunday 13th December, Fr. Wycliffe celebrated his first mass. The MCSPA kindly asks that you keep him in prayer as he begins his journey as a priest in this mission land.
CELEBRATION OF 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF FOUNDING OF LOBUR MISSION
About 10 years ago, in north-eastern Turkana County (coterminous with the Diocese of Lodwar in northern Kenya), Frs. Paco Andreo and Albert Salvans (of the Missionary Community of St. Paul the Apostle and Mary, Mother of the Church or MCSPA) were perched atop a heap of huge boulders on a cliff overlooking the flat plains of Napeikar and the grey Loima Hills in the horizon that stretched all the way to the border with South Sudan. There they dreamt of a new mission …
10 years on, the Mission of St. John the Evangelist at Lobur is a thriving centre of pastoral and socio-development activities; at all the surrounding settlements and beyond, there are nutritional centres (to check the effects of malnutrition among children), earth and rock dams and boreholes (which are so necessary for the mainly pastoral families that live in this vast area), catechists and centres for the celebration of the Eucharist and sacraments, small-scale vegetable farms, cross-border peace initiatives, scholarship funds for students etc.
Hence, it was with great reason and joy that on the 29th of December 2015, a lively celebration was held at the chapel of Lobur Mission to commemorate the 10 years of its founding. Members of the MCSPA from Kenya and Ethiopia were present, together with the faithful from the villages around Lobur Mission.
Let us continue praying for missionaries the world over and the missionary work of the Church especially that primary evangelization in places where the mercy of God needs to be shown in terms of food, water, shelter, peace, health and education.