Click here for full information, including several documents you can download, on our Safeguarding page.
September-October issue of Africa
We are still working on updating the website. It is very nearly ready, so once again, only the crossword, the colouring competition and the wordsearch from the September-October issue of Africa will be put on the website this month. With all our holidays now over, the new website should be launched before the end of September and we hope you will be happy to see many improvements and increased coverage of our Africa magazine.
A Death in the Family
We are very sad to inform you of the death of Fr Gerard McCluskey. Fr Gerry came from Blackstaff, Iniskeen, Co Monaghan. He was ordained in 1953 and his first assignment was to the Diocese of Eldoret in Kenya. In 1963 he joined the pioneer members of the Society in Brazil. He was to remain in Brazil for forty fruitful years. He returned to Ireland in 2013 and settled into the Care Unit in Kiltegan, as his health began to fail. He remained alert until the end, with a great interest in everything that was going on. He was a keen user of new technology.
He died peacefully on Thursday 28 August. He was buried in the Socity Cemetery on Saturday after funeral Mass in St Patrick's Chapel.
We extend our sympathy to all his family and many friends.
General Chapter of St Patrick's Missionary Society
On Tuesday 24th June the delegates to the General Chapter completed the elections for the new Central Leadership Team of St Patrick’s Missionary Society. They are pictured below. The Chapter concluded on Friday 27th June.
Fr Bosco Kamau, from Kenya, is Second Councillor. Fr John Marren, from Ireland, is Assistant Society Leader. Fr Cathal Moriarty from Ireland is Third Councillor and Fr Victor Dumme from Ireland is the new Society Leader.
On Friday 20th June the delegates to the General Chapter of St Patrick’s Missionary Society elected Fr Victor Dunne as the new Society Leader.
Fr Victor Dunne
Fr Victor comes from Killucan in Co Westmeath, and came to Kiltegan in 1972. He was ordained in 1980 and his first appointment was to the Diocese of Ogoja in Nigeria. He then worked in Bamenda in Cameroon and has been involved in teaching and training of students in Ireland, South Africa and Kenya since then.
We know that our friends will join us in praying for Fr Victor as he takes on this new commitment.
Click on the image below to go to a page with news of our General Chapter, taking place throughout the month of June
Fullness of Life
You can read a brief account of the life of recently deceased members of the Society here.
We are delighted to bring you news of two priestly ordination this year. Kufre-Abasi Thomas Afangide will be ordained on 1st March in his native Nigeria. His classmate Raphael Sankhulani Mwenda will be ordained later in the year.
Kufre-Abasi is pictured here on the day of his ordination as a Deacon last August. The ceremony was performed by Bishop Maurice Crowley SPS of Kitale Diocese in Kenya.
Conscious of the growing awareness that care for the earth is an essential part of any involvement in work for justice and peace, at our headquarters, in Kiltegan in Co Wicklow, St Patrick's Missionary Society has installed a wind turbine, which should supply all our needs for electricity on the compound. After a number of hurdles to be cleard along the way it began generating for the first time on Friday 4th January, to much excitement amongst the community. We look forward to an especially green new year.
For those who know the compound, the camera pans around and shows a view of the bell tower of the College.
Justice and Peace
You can read something of the work of one of our priests, Fr Kevin O'Hara, who has worked for many years in Nigeria in ministry for Justice and Peace. He works with the Shareholders Alliance for Corporate Accountability which is concerned with the wellbeing of those affected by the work of multinational oil corporations.
See the SACA website.
Justice Peace and the Integrity of Creation
Read a new article on the devastating effect on millions of people worldwide of the global arms trade and warfare here.