The joy of mission

The joy of mission

It was with joy I stepped on African soil in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1979. A childhood dream had been fulfilled. This dream was fuelled by the faith of my family and community in Ireland, inspired by the reading of missionary magazines, like Africa and the Far East and the ever present collection box for the black babies at home, in the parish church and in the local village shops.

Welcomes and Farewells at Feastday Mass

Welcomes and Farewells at Feastday Mass

The Mass for the 31st July feast of St Ignatius, at Gardiner St church, celebrated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, was the occasion for the handover of service from Fr John Dardis  to Fr Tom Layden  as the Provincial of the Irish Jesuits.

Mosney - Human Dignity Under Threat

Mosney - Human Dignity Under Threat

The Irish Missionary Union would like to express its solidarity with asylum seekers in Mosney who are being subject to transfer to Hatch Hall in Dublin without consultation or their consent.

Missionaries Day Out

Missionaries Day Out

The annual day-out of the Jesuit Mission Office on 30 June had a motley group of missionaries, friends, volunteers and Mission Office staff descend on some of the best known historical sites in the capital.

Irish NGOs Conference

Address given to the Conference for Irish NGOs with projects in Kenya.    16 June 2010

Author: Fr. John K. Guiney, SJ representing the Irish Missionary Union- umbrella organization for 86 missionary organizations.  Irish missionary personnel have been in Kenya for over a century and 200 of their members work in Kenya in 2010.

It is good to have this opportunity to speak with you as a hyphenated missionary - development and humanitarian worker who has been working in Kenya and the Eastern Africa Region for the past number of years.  My arrival there in 1979 melted into the history of Irish men and women who have gone to serve there for over a century.   These men and women, lay volunteers and lay missionaries, sisters, priests and brothers made a real connection and impact on the lives of many Kenyans and had a huge influence on generations of volunteers and development workers in Ireland.   

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