As we approach the anniversary (January 25) of the founding of the Congregation of the Mission, .famvin is highlighting some examples of their mission, programs, and services. The Vincentian Mission in Kenya began in 1981.
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Pope Francis echoed the sentiments of St. Vincent de Paul when he called upon the Church to show “loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about.” Your gift will strengthen programs in Kenya, support our seminarians, and enrich the parishes and local communities we serve. We invite you to offer your prayers and support to help sustain and grow the young Church in East Africa.
The services of the Congregation of the Mission Western (USA) Province include:
DePaul Formation House – More than 30 seminarians receive their education and formation here each year. In their pastoral ministry, these dedicated young men visit the sick, lead youth outreach programs and evangelize people in areas beyond parish boundaries.
Parish Ministry – The Vincentians of the Western Province administer four parishes in Kenya, as well as 20 outstations. These parishes are vibrant, faith-filled communities of sacrament and service.
DePaul Woodworking – A Vincentian brother teaches carpentry skills to help people find stable jobs in their towns and villages.
Ministry to Priests – We offer the Emmaus Program, a week-long gathering for diocesan priests, three times each year. This program encourages ongoing education and fraternal support among local diocesan priests. We also lead the Forming the Formators program, an annual month-long meeting of Vincentians, to assist with spiritual and intellectual formation in Africa and the island of Madagascar.
Saint Vincent’s Nursery School – We opened this preschool in the heart of the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, during the summer of 2005. The school is a center for evangelization and education, with plans to serve even more children in the coming years.
-Source: YouTube/Congregation of the Mission Kenya Mission
Related resource: multimedia presentation on De Paul Centre, Nairobi on VinFormation