Africa, St Patrick's Missions 
December 2021 Vol. 86 No. 9

Our December issue is out now. On the cover we feature the beautiful Nativity by Federico Barocci (1535-1612) and our back cover features the Advent wreath from St Patrick’s Chapel in Kiltegan. In this issue, Nuala Higgins celebrates the life of St Nicholas and traces his journey from his birth in Patara (in modern day Turkey) to his place of rest in Co Kilkenny in Ireland; Sr Chinyeaka C Ezeani MSHR connects the Christmas of her childhood in Nigeria to Christmas in Ireland; Fr Niall Martin celebrates the Rosenberg Nativity by artist Sieger Köder; Ailish O’Brien goes back to 1992 and listening to a “Wall of Tears” from the album “A Woman’s Heart” in rural Kenya; Fr Tim Redmond writes about “The Beautiful Task of Advent”; we remember the late Fr Michael Kane (RIP) through his own words and photographs; Fr Dermot Connolly takes us on the journey of the O Antiphons of Advent, from Dec 17th to 23rd; and Amy Heffernan has a very tasty Christmas Cake recipe for you to try. We also feature our Society Jubilarians. This year our missionaries celebrated Diamond, Golden and Silver jubilees. It is a moment to give thanks for hundreds of years of generous service in the missionary priesthood and to wish everyone every blessing for the future. Ad Multos Anos, “here’s to many more years!”


We hope you enjoy our Christmas issue, and we wish you all the blessings of this Advent Season.

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Let there be food…

Amy Heffernan


July/August…in the family of things

Fr Michael Kane (1941-2021)


From My Bookshelf

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty


Wonder with the Word

Fr Dermot Connolly