Monday, July 15, 2013

Out of Africa...

Father Chris O’Connor and Father Ed Riley are visiting the Church in Africa these days and have sent back some pictures from Accra, Ghana.  As they travel around this continent, where the Church is so alive, I am reminded of Pope Benedict XVI’s opening words in Africae Munus, his post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the Synod on the Church in Africa: 
“Africa’s commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ is a precious treasure which I entrust at the beginning of this third millennium to the bishops, priests, permanent deacons, consecrated persons, catechists and lay faithful of that beloved continent and its neighboring islands. Through this mission, Africa is led to explore its Christian vocation more deeply; it is called, in the name of Jesus, to live reconciliation between individuals and communities and to promote peace and justice in truth for all.”
Meeting to discuss seminary formation in Africa and the United States on Wednesday at St. Peter's Regional Seminary, Cape Coast, Ghana.
The Missionary Sisters of Charity operate a home for orphan & infirm babies, house homeless adult men & women, and run a school to teach women the skill of sewing.
Local men and women selling food & domestic items on a main street in Accra, Ghana
Fr. Fabian Hevi, SMA introduces Fr. Chris O'Connor to a local Catholic family, mother & five children, that he helps in Nairobi, Kenya. Fr. Fabian just completed building a Catholic Church and School in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Nairobi, Kenya with the assistance of Catholics from Ohio parishes. In addition to his responsibilities as regional Provincial Superior of the SMA Fathers and building the church & school, he heads up their Vocations office.
The story of the Good Samaritan is enfleshed in a local Anglican woman who has given a small lot of land for a Catholic family consisting of a mother & her five children to build their modest one room dwelling place.