The priory of St. Martin de Porres in Kisumu is our novitiate. Our community there enjoys the full life of prayer of a Dominican; daily Eucharist and the sung Liturgy of the Hours. Local Christians participate in parts of the liturgy, as well as those who come to our retreat center. Dominican prayer includes the rosary, the Angelus, and the De Profundis (Psalm 130 for our deceased brethren).
The number of people who attend our Sunday liturgy has grown so much that now we use an old warehouse that we are converting into a church. Approximately 200 people attend Mass. They include about 50 students from RIAT college (Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology), about 20 members of the Dominican Laity, religious sisters from different congregations and many lay Christians from the surrounding neighborhood. We hope to complete the conversion of the warehouse within the next few months. Meanwhile, the students from RIAT college clean and set up the warehouse for Mass every week.
The RIAT students love their Catholic faith. Every Thursday about 30 of them attend an hour of Eucharistic adoration followed by sung Vespers and light refreshments. Many of them also stay after Sunday Mass for catechesis. It is very impressive to see the way the students devoutly adore the Eucharist. Only God’s grace can explain how college students are able to sit in silence for an hour.
After Night Prayer on Sunday we spend 15-20 minutes of extended prayer to offer special intentions as a community. We lift up in prayer all of our Dominican brothers and sisters, our family members, and all who we serve in the community.
Our weekly liturgical schedule witnesses to the priority of prayer in our lives. Through it we extend the sacramental grace which allows us to know and love the Lord more deeply.