Since arriving in Kenya, Holy Ghost Fathers have been able to start a number of Parishes across the Province of Kenya and South Sudan. We aim to proclaim the gospel to people who have not yet heard it, foster the growth of young Christian communities. We achieve this through nurturing of spiritual growth and promotion of positive values, psychosocial aid to families, religious education, sacramental animation, training of formators, leadership formation and animation, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue and peace building.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Migombani Catholic Church is situated in Likoni area. It is about a kilometre from Likoni Ferry or two kilometres from our house in Shelly Beach. The founding of Migombani is a culmination of the series of talks and negotiations that took place between the late Archbishop Boniface Lele and the superior of the Holy Ghost Fathers in Kenya, Fr Martin Keane. After receiving the go ahead from the Archbishop the Holy Ghost community under Fr Martin purchased a piece of land where the new parish was to be constructed. The first church building which was just four walls and a thatched roof was constructed in a hurry to cater for the pastoral needs of the parishioners. On the 27th may 2007 the first mass was celebrated in the new church building with pomp and jubilation. It marked a return of the spiritans to Mombasa.
The following year, 2008, the then Archbishop of Mombasa laid a foundation stone for the new church building. The same year the construction of the Immaculate Heart of Mary nursery school kicked off. In 2009, the construction of the Holy Ghost Fathers’ Technical institute was launched by our donors from Ireland who laid the cornerstone in a very colourful celebration. There was a lot of construction work taking place simultaneously.
Something though was noticeably missing in Migombani, and that is the fathers’ residence. The priests who are currently serving in Migombani, and those who came before them, are residing at St Brendans. The construction of the fathers’ house was started last year 2014. At the moment we are financially constrained with regards to this project and we are asking all our well-wishers to assist us to complete the building.
The idea of starting St John the Evangelist parish came from the late His Eminence Maurice Cardinal Otunga, then archbishop of Nairobi, in 1989 when he asked the Congregation of the Holy Ghost (Spiritans) to start the parish and administer it.
The parish didn’t start to function immediately- in the meantime Christians living around attended Mass on Sundays at various chapels in Religious communities, mainly at Spiritan House, Francican Capuchins on Bogani road, the Shrine of the Apostles of Jesus on Langata road and at the Passionists on Ushirika road.Those who worshiped at the Spiritan House chapel and knew of the plans of a new parish took the initiative to get the Christians together to start the parish.
In 1995 an interim Parish pastoral council was formed with the blessing of the Cardinal (Otunga) who asked the Father-in-charge of Karen parish to be attending the initial meetings of the committee so as to give direction and guidance.
The Spiritans at the seminary graciously allowed the use of their library as the meeting venue on Sundays.
The committee realized the need to start fundraising for the building of the parish. They held mini Harambee fundraising meetings at the end of every month in the four centres mentioned above.
At the end of every three months, the parishioners would have a combined fundraiser in each of the four centers in rotational basis where external guests were also invited.
The first major fundraiser was held at Spiritan House in April, 1996. The Spiritans were represented by an official from their Provincial headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
The long term plan was envisaged as follows:
1. Acquire a plot on which to develop the parish,
2. Take care of the spiritual and sacramental needs of the parishioners,
3. Build a church,
4. Build a Fathers’ house,
5. Build a community centre.
In June 1996, Fr Simon Lobon was appointed as the first Father- in- charge of the parish.READ MORE……
The last of the missions to be established in East Pokot has been Rotu. The first tentative steps in this vast area took place in 1998 when Sean Mc Govern and Sr. Rebecca came up with the East Pokot medical project to care for the people in Akoret. We would camp there for 3 days at a time. This continued for some years till it became clear from the many needs of the people that a more permanent base was needed.
In 2002 Sr. Rebecca Janacek, who had been in the East Pokot medical project since 1987, with Fr. David Conway put up 3 pre-fabricated wooden houses in Rotu as a first step towards establishing a more permanent presence among these next neglected people. The fact that this area is the most northerly part of Nakuru Diocese and borders Turkana, makes it extremely vulnerable to attacks from Turkana rustlers. Many people have been killed in such encounters.
Over the next few years an amazing amount of development took place. The houses, a dining room and two bed rooms, have been used on regular occasions by Sr. Rebecca. She was stationed at Barpello during this time but came requently to Rotu for several days work.
One of the great achievements was the sinking of a bore hole at Rotu, and another at Chesawach. Both have perfect potable water. At Rotu this was essential for the people and for the permanent settlement of the mission.
By 2011 in November we were ready to begin living at Rotu on a permanent basis. Sean Mc Govern and Sr. Rebecca are both here now for almost 4 years. Further developments have taken place not least the establishment of the medical project with a very fine well equipped health unit. Also a great addition has been the construction of a sizable hostel for guests and indeed for any staff that may be employed in the medical or other projects. All of this to the great credit of Rebecca.
Since the permanent settlement of Rotu mission in 2011 there has been consistent Kanisa, Mass and instruction every Sunday from 10. AM – Noon. Attendance has been consistant at around 50. Over the past 4 years we have noticed that a small core of people is regular in attendance. 2 are wazee, 3 are women and 6 are school children of about 10 yrs of age. These 11 are preparing to receive the first stage of Baptism when the Bishop cames on pastoral visitation in October this year. They will be the first Catholics in this mission. When we arrived here in 2011 not one person could read or write. Now those 6 young students from standard 4 in Rotu School are very capable readers in the Church every Sunday. Much has been achieved. Much remains to be done.
In 1987 two housing cooperative societies were formed. One had members of the teaching profession (Nakuru Teachers) and the other one had members from workers in general (Nakuru Workers). Nakuru teachers Housing Society and Nakuru Workers Society bought hundreds of acres of land then subdivided the land to its members. In fact that was the main reason the members of both teachers and workers societies bought the land so that they could get a plot of ¼ or 1/8 of an acre to build their own home. Before that majority of teachers and workers in general were living in rental houses down town which were owned by the Nakuru Municipality or by individuals. The houses were small and still expensive to rent. So joining the Nakuru Teachers and Workers Societies helped the teachers and workers to own a piece of land and start constructing their own houses.
In 1999 the people around here build a small church where the priest would come from the nearby parish to offer spiritual services. More houses for rentals were also built here and the population increased. The need for a bigger church arose. Many fundraisers were held to collect money from Christians for this work. The church was built in stages, foundation, main structure, roofing, and plastering. In 2012 St. Francis Kiti was made a Parish with a residential priest.