Nairobi, Kenya: Today January Saturday 21, 2017, Eastern Africa Dominican family, Vicariate of Eastern Africa along with the Order of Preachers worldwide, celebrate the 800th anniversary (or “Jubilee”) of the approbation of the Order by Pope Honorius III in 1216. Please join us in this wonderful celebration
800 years ago, Saint Dominic Guzman introduced the grace of Dominican life into the world—in 1216—to preach for the salvation of souls. This is the pattern set by Saint Dominic, in imitation of the apostles.
The Order of Preachers (the Dominicans) is a religious order in the Roman Catholic Church; and friars, nuns, sisters, and laity worldwide continue this vibrant 800 year tradition on every continent to the present day.
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Sunday, 25 December, 2016: With some numbers. Today the Dominican Order is exactly 800 years old! We have been celebrating the Jubilee all year, but on this very day in the year 1216, Domingo de Guzman, a Spanish priest-canon who had been preaching in southern France, got approval from Pope Honorius III to found the Order of Preachers and to go proclaim the gospel everywhere.
It may even be permissible to stay a little longer with historical numbers. Some 700 years before the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, the Prophet Isaiah promised to Ahaz, a wicked King of Judah, the blessing of a child, who would embody and carry forward the Davidic line (Is. 7:14). Isaiah gave this child the name, Emmanuel, meaning in Hebrew, "God is with us." Then in the first century of our era the Evangelist Matthew, in telling the story of how the birth of Jesus Christ came about, understood this blessing to be connected with the event that we celebrate just now: the virginal conception and nativity of a child who is God-with-us (Mt. 1:18-24).. May these Christmas greetings go out in this name, given to us by the prophet Isaiah, realized in Jesus of Nazareth, proclaimed by our Father Dominic. It affirms what we believe and is the source of our joy.Add a comment
Monday, 12 December, 2016: The occasion at the Corpus Christi Monastery of Dominican Nuns in Karen was the presence among us of fr. Bruno Cadore,OP the Master of the Order, who is here in Kenya for the Third Week of Advent, to make a canonical visitation with the Friars.
All five corporate members of the Dominican Family came together: Dominican Youth and Laity; Sisters of the two Congregations who are working in these parts, the Nuns, and the Friars.
In the celebration of the Eucharist fr. Bruno preached movingly on the Mystery of the Visitation (it was the fest of Our Lady of Guadalupe). Later in the day he spoke to us again, about our preaching in different ways, and how the experience of compassion must be at the heart of what we have to proclaim.
It was a day to be remembered by all who were there!Add a comment
Nairobi, Saturday, August 20th 2016: Bro. Raphael Pio Gitonga Akotha, OP is ordained priest by Bishop Phillip A.S Anyolo of Homa Bay at Tangaza University College in Nairobi. Catholics from Kisumu Archdiocese and Meru Diocese attend the ordination. Before priesthood, Bro. Pio has served the Diaconate ministry in Kisumu Archdiocese where he is currently assigned at St. Martin De Porres Community. Before joining Dominicans, Pio was a teacher and was attracted to the Dominicans while studying at the University in Nairobi. He made first vows August 2008, solemn profession November 2013 and diaconate April 2014. He will continue his Ministry in Kisumu and helping at Our Lady of Grace school.Add a comment
It surprised Fr. Maury Schepers, OP, April afternoon, Tuesday 19th 2016, when 30 first year students from the Institute of Social Communication paid him a visit at the Corpus Christi Dominican Nuns Monerstery in Nairobi. Fr. Maury, who heads the Eastern Africa Vicariate was involved in a bicycle accident and is finally recuperating well at St. Dominic's House in Nairobi.
For the Tangaza University Journalism students, they are not only brought together by studies but also by the team spirit. They wanted to see Fr. Maury because they feel he inspires them to be better people in the future. They believe that Fr. Maury not only is their lecturer but a gem that they treasure so much.
"Thank-you for your tireless effort in ensuring our success.Get well soon and hoping to see you next semester. Your passion in talking about Pope Francis and Lonergan is greatly missed." (message from ISC first year students)
Fr. Maury Schepers was once the Director for the Institute of Social Communication at Tangaza University College and is still a teaching staff of the Religion and Responsibility. He also supervises students in writing their research papers.Add a comment
We are a Catholic Community of brothers witnessing to Jesus Christ and called by the Spirit to establish Dominican life in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan! We preach the Gospel and form young men into religious life following the spirit of our founder St. Dominic! We are committed to a process of critical integration of values derived from the variety of cultures we represent, so as to respond to the needs of the Church and society in Eastern Africa.