Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ died in Nairobi, Kenya, in November 2009. For over 25 years he dedicated his life to Africa. The Eastern Africa Province of the Jesuits has established a Memorial Fund to honour this exceptional Irish missionary.The Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ Memorial Fund
Background: For over twenty-five years, Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ spent his life working in Africa, dedicated initially to the training of African Jesuits, and then members of other religious congregations and laity to help address the needs of a vibrant and growing Church. His tireless efforts at Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya have produced a generation of skilled leaders throughout the African continent.
For the last ten years, Fr. McGarry concentrated his efforts in the area of spirituality and the promotion of the Jesuit Spiritual Exercises at Mwangaza Spirituality Centre, Karen, Kenya. He directed countless retreats, trained spiritual directors, conducted workshops in spiritual direction, and advised Church leaders throughout the region of Eastern Africa. It is this legacy that we commemorate and why this Memorial fund is being created.
The Fund and Its Purpose: The Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ Memorial Fund (CMMF) is established specifically to fund the training of young Jesuits of the Province of Eastern Africa (AOR) who as part of their formation need to be skilled in the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises and Spiritual Direction. This can take the form of short programmes at Jesuit Spirituality Centres world-wide, intensive internships for theologians from Hekima College, and practical pastoral care outlet at Mwangaza for these young African Jesuits.
At the discretion of AOR, CMMF will also fund programmes of formation in the Spiritual Exercises and retreat direction for suitably qualified religious personnel and lay men and women in the manner outlined above.
The Memorial Fund will be managed by the AOR’s administration in consultation with Mwangaza Spirituality Centre. Gifts to the Fund will be restricted and only used for the purposes specifically stated above.
Donations to the Fund: Donations can be made directly to the Jesuit Irish Missions Office, 28 Upper Sherrard Street, Dublin 1, IRELAND with reference to The Cecil McGarry SJ Memorial Fund.
Wire transfers can be made to: Commercial Bank of Africa, Upper Hill Branch, Ragati Road, PO Box 30691, 00100 Nairobi, KENYA, for the Society of Jesus-Kenya, acc. # 80-339-224, SWIFT Code CBAFKENX