Kenyan Youth Visit Daughters of St. Paul

Kenyan young people visited the Daughters of St. Paul convent in Jamaica Plain on September 22, 2012. It was an all day event with 20 kids participating. They were welcomed by Sr. Carmen Christi Pompei, the Novice Formator, Sr. Jackie Gitonga, a Kenyan Novice and the entire Community of novices. Dan Kurema, the Coordinator of the Kenyan Apostolate, Irene Mburu, a member of the Archdiocesan Ethnic Young Adult Council and a number of parents accompanied the twenty youth on the visit. The visit kicked off with a presentation by the Daughters on their life and mission. Following the presentation, the young people and their chaperones were taken on a tour of the convent and adjacent publishing house. They visited Sr. Maria Ruth’s Spanish Radio program as well as the Editorial, Digital, and Audio/Video departments.

The final stop on the tour was the chapel where they were able to rest in the presence of Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration. The youth were invited during the holy hour to place their prayer petitions on paper and present them to the Lord. The “Visit” with Jesus was followed by lunch and the young people had the opportunity to meet more of the sisters and ask them questions about their life and ministry in an informal setting.

The convent and publishing house visit did not conclude the day. The Daughters of St. Paul guided their visitors to their book and media center in Dedham where they browsed the great selection of books, CD’s, movies, statuary and religious goods. At the book and media center, the young people were able to see firsthand the close interaction the Daughters have with the people of God as they provide materials that help these people grow in their faith each day.

The point of the daylong trip was to give the young people a firsthand look at the New Evangelization in action and allow them the opportunity to step back and think about their own calling and the purpose God has for them. Whether they are called to the priesthood, religious life or married life, the young people were invited to see that God has a plan for their lives and that is where they will find fulfillment and happiness.

The following day on the 23rd, the Daughters of St. Paul Novitiate traveled to Sacred Heart in Quincy, one of the three parishes where the Kenyans worship (St. Michael’s in Lowell and St. John’s in Winthrop being the other two). On that day, the whole community experienced the graces received because of the youth program’s visit to the Daughters home.

Dan Kurema and Irene Mburu found the trip to be a great benefit to the entire community. They remarked on the joy of the Sisters living in community.

We have a few pictures that we were able to post from this visit. They are below.

For more information about the Daughters of St. Paul visit www.pauline.org

The Kenyan Catholic community and friends brings together and provides a culturally familiar worship experience for Kenyan Catholics living in the greater Boston area. The first Swahili mass was celebrated at St. John the Evangelist parish in Winthrop, Massachusetts in November of 1999. Over the last thirteen years the community has grown, and it is now possible to attend a mass celebrated in Swahili in three parishes within the archdiocese of Boston.

St. John the Evangelist Parish (1st and 4th Sunday @ 5pm)
320 Winthrop Street
Winthrop, MA 02152

St. Michael Parish (1st, 2nd, 3rd Sunday @ 12:30pm)
543 Bridge Street
Lowell, MA 01850

Sacred Heart Parish (every Sunday @ 12:00pm)
386 Hancock Street
North Quincy, MA 02171

 

Sr. Carmen Christi Pompei leading a presentation to the Kenyan youth community

Sr. Carmen Christi Pompei, FSP leading a presentation to the Kenyan youth community

 

Jackie Gitonga, Novice within the Daughters shares her experience with the youth

Sr. Jackie Gitonga, Novice within the Daughters shares her experience with the youth

More of the joy filled novices

More of the joy filled novices: Sr. Julia Hernandez, Sr. Cheryl Galema, Sr. Theresa Noble, Sr. Sandy Lucas

 

Sr. Maria Ruth Reyes, FSP talks to the youth about her Radio program

Sr. Maria Ruth Reyes, FSP talks to the youth about her Radio program

 

Sr. Kathryn James Hermes, FSP shows the youth some of the Apps produced by the Daughters

Sr. Kathryn James Hermes, FSP shows the youth some of the Apps produced by the Daughters

 

 

Dan Kurema, Kenyan Coordinator of the Archdiocese of Boston, speaks to the youth

Dan Kurema, Kenyan Coordinator of the Archdiocese of Boston, speaks to the youth

 

The Kenyan youth getting to know the sisters better

The Kenyan youth getting to know the sisters better

 

...and the sisters getting to know the Kenyan youth

…and the sisters getting to know the Kenyan youth

 

Thank you Daughters of St. Paul and thank you Kenyan community…especially the youth!!

 

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