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Kenya Mission Pilgrimage 2024
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Congregation of the Mission Western Province

2024 Kenya Mission Pilgrimage

September 22 – October 1, 2024

Nairobi, Kenya

Pilgrimages challenge us to journey to a new place, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Our pilgrimage will allow us to share in the mission of the priests and brothers of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) as they serve the people of Kenya in their schools and homes, providing us with an immersive experience of Kenyan culture.

This trip is an opportunity to witness the ministry that the Vincentians provide in Kenya every day, to learn about East African culture, and develop friendships with the people of Kenya. This will give us a deeper appreciation of the value of the ways that Vincentians serve the poor in Kenya and throughout the world.

Limited space is available. 

Mission Activities

  • Visit De Paul Centre, our Vincentian seminary/novitiate, as well as Tangaza College or St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, which have Vincentians faculty members.
  • Interact with the trainees and the staff at the DePaul Woodworking Program, where  young men and women learn valuable skills that will help them earn employment and provide for their families.
  • Visit kindergartens, grade schools, and junior high schools, where we will meet with the students and teachers. We will observe safe boundaries practices when interacting with children and vulnerable adults.
  • Visit area parishes with a focus on the Small Christian Communities, which are small gatherings of Christians in parishes, usually about 10-15 families meeting once every week to reflect on the Word of God and pray together.
  • Accompany Vincentians as they make home and village visits with a special attention to very poor families. This will give us a deeper appreciation of the value of the ways that Vincentians serve the poor in Kenya and throughout the world.
  • Visit the Kibera slum, one of the largest in the world, and experience the Vincentians’ ministry to those who live there.

Spiritual and Cultural Activities

  • We will have the opportunity to attend Mass with the Vincentians daily. Common prayer, Eucharistic adoration, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available to us. Very Reverend Father Edwin Mugwe, C.M., Superior of the Vice-Province, and the Kenyan priests and brothers will be our hosts.
  • We will be with the Vincentian community on the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul (Sept. 27), and they are planning a wonderful celebration for us!
  • Prayer at the Resurrection Gardens in Nairobi and a tour of the Capitol.
  • Apostolic reflection, as a group, on each day’s activities.
  •  We plan to visit Nairobi’s museums, Cultural Centre, National Park, and the Elephant/Giraffe Sanctuary.

Costs and Travel Logistics

  • Participants will book their own airfare, which is estimated at approximately $2,000 and is being handled through Tricia Bersett at Travel Tyme in order to coordinate arrivals into Nairobi.
  • We will stay at the Vincentians’ St. Lazare House and the Moriarity Institute in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Each person will have a private bedroom with bathroom and shower, and we will have three meals daily with the Vincentians. Costs for food, lodging, and ground transportation in Kenya are $850 per participant, payable by August 15, 2024.
  • Participants should anticipate 18 hours of air travel in each direction, as well as a fair amount of walking each day.
  • The Kenya Shilling is the national currency, and there will be an opportunity to exchange U.S. dollars on arrival. It is recommended to bring some cash to cover souvenirs and other spot expenses. Visa and Mastercard are also accepted throughout Nairobi.
  • As the purpose of this trip is to become more aware of the ministry and mission of the Vincentians and to experience the global church, the first and most important step is to ask God for the grace to discern if He is calling you to participate in this pilgrimage.
  • Once you have registered, specific information will be sent to you regarding travel preparations, packing, required immunizations, etc… A number of mandatory Zoom meetings will be held to discuss logistics and answer questions.

Click above for the online registration form.

Let Us Pray

O Lord Jesus, who wonderfully strengthened the Holy Martyrs of Uganda, Charles Lwanga, Mathias Mulumba and their Companions; and gave them to us as exemplars of faith, fortitude, chastity, charity and fidelity, grant, we beseech You, that by their intercession the same virtues may increase in us; and that we may deserve to become propagators of your Faith. You who live and reign world without end. Amen.