Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kaburugi family day celebration.

Today August 24th, 2014, was held in the Parish of Kaburugi the family day with celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for more than 100 youths. The Mass was celebrated by His Lordship James Maria Wainaina, Bishop of the Diocese of Murang’a. He was surrounded and assisted by Father Raphael Kailemiah, Parish Priest at the end of his mandate, the new Parish Father James Njoroje, the Assistant Priest and vicar of the Community Father Morris Mawira, and Father Paul Mwangi Mboche coordinator of the Sons of Divine Providence here in Kenya.
In his homily, Bishop Wainaina stressed on the importance of knowing Christ and following him closely. He invited the Candidate to the Confirmation and all Christians to be like the apostle Peter, confessing that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God”.
At the end of the Mass, the following event was the washing of the feet for the people infected by jiggers and the gift of wrappers (shoes) and blankets and some foodstuffs.
The last event was the handing over between Father Raphael and Father James Njoroje as the new Parish Priest of St Peter’s Catholic Parish of Kaburugi. Symbolically, he received from the hands of the Bishop the keys of the Tabernacle as a sign of Church authority. The Bishop blessed and prayed for him to be courageous as he shepherds God’s flock.
Father Raphael is now on the way to Kandisi parish where he will serve as new parish priest in replacement of Father Peter Wambulwa appointed in Nairobi Community as Vicar and member of the formation team.

The party ends with family meal that was shared by all the people present at this celebration.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

“Pope Pius X, our supreme benefactor, our Pope”

As today, June 21st, the Church celebrates the liturgical memorial of St. Pius X, a short ride of history inspires us about this Pope and our Founder. PIUS X (1903 - 1914).
"The Holy Father Pius X will always be our supreme benefactor, our Pope."
It 's the thought of Don Orione, revealing his affection, the interest and the protection given by the Pope very valuable to the Little Work of the Divine Providence.
Pius X had news of Don Orione when he was still Cardinal in Venice.
The year after his election, he entrusted to our Founder the Church of St. Anne of the Palafrenieri. 
In 1908, when the devastating earthquake struck the Calabria, South of the Italy and the Sicily, the Pope appointed Don Orione as vicar-general of Messina. 
The two holy souls (Luigi Orione and Pius X) were very close to each other, the contacts were frequent, and audiences friendly.
Memorable an audience of 1906, in which Pius X revised and annotated the first Constitutions of the Little Work of the Divine Providence. During a private audience of the 19 April 1912, he offered to Don Orione the joy of making perpetual vows in his own hand: "For witnesses will be yours and my guardian angel" he to Don Orione.
The agricultural colony Santa Mary at Monte Mario in Rome and the Parish of All Saints (Ognissanti), outside the gate of San Giovanni, the famous "Roman Patagonia"(Patagonia Romana), are the most notorious labor camps to which the affection and esteem of Pius X called Don Orione and his children.
"Oh! That the memory of our Holy Father, Pope Pius X may be blessed by all the small Sons of Divine Providence, from generation to generation!"

Sunday, August 17, 2014

From house to house, Visit of the Delegate in the Orionine Missionary Year

Visit to USA

On 16th April I arrived at our house at Jasper Indiana, for the Easter Triduum which I celebrated with Fr Angelo Quadrini and all the people who attend our chapel in Providence Home, Jasper.  We had discussions with the Advisory Board for the improvement and future of the Providence Home which has its origins in 1933 and its founder Fr Aleksander Chwilowicz FDP from Poland.  After that I visited Phoenix, Arizona, to meet the Board of the Hickey Family Foundation which gives us so much help in the Philippines and Kenya to our work for sick and disabled children and young people.  I also showed the Board some PowerPoint presentations of our work in the Philippines, Kenya and India which encouraged them to continue their great help to us.

Fr Mirek Kowalczyk and daily Mass-goers 
at St Joseph-St Lazarus Parish, East Boston

Discouragement is the work of the Devil

Introduction of the Newsletter no. 16, (2014 April-July) 

Dear Confreres, Sisters and Friends,
In this Orionine Missionary Year, 100 years after the first Orionine Missionaries left Italy for Brazil, we recognise that making a start in a different nation, continent, with different food, language, climate and customs is a very big effort.  We thank all those missionaries who have made that decisive step to go out of the “comfort zone” of their familiar surroundings to bring the Gospel of God’s love to peoples and places which are new to the missionaries.  But we also recognise that after that first step of the Sons of Divine Providence, led by St. Luigi Orione, those who follow also have a hard task, that of persevering faithfully.  As the world seems to become more complicated and somehow more resistant to the Good News of Christ, we who are trying to maintain and develop what St Luigi and his early confreres started in the Church, need a lot of guidance, grace and strength to persevere and not allow discouragement to enter our hearts. Discouragement is the work of the Devil; and so, let us recognises its destructive force and pray to the Lord for the grace to overcome it, if it tempts us. “‘Charity commands us not stand aloof  in a comfortable self-sufficiency, but to feel and have an efficacious compassion for the suffering and needs of others, from whom we must not regard ourselves as separated while they are one with us in Christ’ (cf. Don Orione, Writings Scr. 80, 283).  So too, the Orionines of today must be taught how to respond quickly and creatively, with the spirit of ‘first aid’, to the emergencies around us and to the problems of our world (cf. Constitutions art. 121)”(In the footsteps of Don Orione p. 177). I know that you are all trying to do just that.  But sometimes find that things do not go as planned for many reasons. In my recent visits in the Delegation I was overcome by physical and mental tiredness which tempted me to discouragement and inactivity.  That experience, which I am gradually overcoming, has helped me to understand how discouraged and depressed people can feel at times.  I hope it will help me to be more understanding and compassionate and also helpful in overcoming such a state in my brothers and sisters.  Thankfully, after some rest I feel a lot better now. 

Fr. Malcolm Dyer FDP
Delegation "Mother of the Church"