One of the reasons for our missionary community being in the Philippines is to act as a bridge between the growing, local churches in Asia, and the church in Africa. A fruit of our presence in the Philippines has been realised today in Turkana, northern Kenya, as we officially handed over to two Filipino priests from the Diocese of Antique, central Philippines, the Parish of St. James, Kaikor, in the northern part of the Diocese of Lodwar. This was done today at a very colourful liturgical celebration at Kaikor in the presence of Bishop Dominic of Lodwar and Bishop Romy, visiting from the Diocese of Antique, Philippines, and a huge crowd of faithful of the parish.
We pray that the presence and work of these Filipino priests, Fr Frederick and Melchor, will bear much fruit – spiritually and materially – for the people of Turkana.
Bishop Dominic also announced the new assignments of Fr Denis as Parish Priest of Nariokotome, Fr Wycliffe as Parish Priest of the new parish of Srs Joachim and Anne of Kibish. Bishop Dominic announced also that Fr Avelino is going to join in the primary evangelisation work at Ave Maria Mission at the Diocese of Tombura Yambio, South Sudan.
Fr. Francis Teo