1951 - Moving beyond Nigeria

1951 was a watershed year in the Kiltegan story: it was the year St. Patrick's Missionaries looked beyond the narrow limits of Southern Nigeria. For 19 years, the Society had worked only in Nigeria where there was still more than enough work for its priests. However, there were greater needs elsewhere and, at Rome's request, a new mission was undertaken in Kenya on the opposite side of the African continent. The first Society priests left for Kenya in December 1951, to work with the Mill Hill Fathers in the Great Rift Valley among both nomadic and settled peoples.

 

Their territory stretched from the barren Turkana Desert through the farmlands and forests of the White Highlands to the wide plains of Central Kenya, and in due course the area was divided into the three dioceses of Lodwar, Eldoret and Nakuru. In 1956 Kiltegan accepted responsibility for Kitui, another Kenya mission, taking over from the Holy Ghost Fathers.

 

The number of vocations in Ireland was so great in the 1950s, that it was decided to build a new college in Kiltegan and to expand the Society's House of Studies in Cork. The two building projects - vital for the training of St. Patrick's Missionaries - were eventually completed, thanks to the generosity of old friends in Ireland and new friends in the United States. And by the end of the 1950s there were nearly 200 Kiltegan priests in Africa.

Kenya

St Patrick’s
P.O. Box 25269

Lavington 00603

Nairobi

Kenya

Tel:

+254 20 4343189

or

+254 790494655

Email:

spsclt@spms.org

Ireland

St Patrick’s
Kiltegan
Co Wicklow

W91 Y022
Ireland

Tel:

+353 59 647 3600

Fax:

+353 59 647 3529

Email:

office@spms.ie

England

20 Beauchamp Road
East Molesey
Surrey
KT8 0PA
England

Tel:

+44 208 979 1890

Fax:

+44 208 941 8221

Email:

office@stpatricksuk.co.uk

Scotland

St Patrick’s
8, Abercromby Place
Stirling
FK8 2QP
Scotland

Tel:

+44 1786 447 722

Fax:

+44 1786 464 064

Email:

stpatsbuch@aol.com

 

USA

St Patrick Fathers
8422 West Windsor Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656-4252
USA

Tel:

+1 773 887 4741

Fax:

+1 773 887 3654

Email:

spsil@spms.org

www.stpatrickfathers.com

 

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