Winter 2007/2008

Mother Mary Francis
May God Be Praised!

Two and a half years after the decision to open our first foreign mission in Kisumu, Kenya the plans and efforts came to fruition on November 29, 2007.

God had blessed us with many surprises once our Community had taken the leap of faith and "put out into the deep". It had been an incredible journey of faith, vision and fortitude. We never had to do it alone for we knew that God was leading us every step of the way.

He also provided us with many dear friends to assist us.

Sr. Irene Akumba, FSA and Fr. Martin Martiny, OP. who were instrumental in encouraging us to begin this mission, remained faithfully by our side to assist and advise us. The Sembi family who sold us the property helped us in countless ways and became dear friends to the Sisters. In the short time that we have lived in Kisumu and the few months that we have begun to take in our first patients, we have made many friends and truly can call our little mission "home."

The day of the dedication was a typically beautiful day with a clear sky, brilliant sun and a slight breeze. We had an outdoor Mass of Thanksgiving so that we could accommodate over 300 guests. The Archbishop of Kisumu, Zacchaeus Okoth, was the main celebrant. Bishop Linus and 25-30 priests were there to concelebrate. Many religious communities in the surrounding areas attended and our dear Dominican Sisters from Thica drove seven hours to attend the dedication.

The preparation for the reception was organized by the Dominican Friar's cook. The Novitiate of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna of Lwak (our neighbors and Sr. Ireneís community) and many volunteers assisted him.

The children's choir came from the local parish to sing and dance in the African tradition. But as the Archbishop so aptly said in his homily, the true honored guests of the day were our six patients in residence at St. Catherine of Siena Home. Several of the patients were able to attend the festivities and the Archbishop blessed the Home and visited with each patient after the Mass.

We can only give thanks to God for His abundant blessings of the dedication day and every day before and to camel We are blessed to be neighbors to our Dominican Friars who will shepherd us and also work side by side with us in the tradition of St. Dominic.

We are able to continue the desire of Mother Mary Alphonsa to treat each of our dear patients as our loved ones and to put them up in our very best bedroom to receive loving and tender care. It is God's House and we are happy to welcome His poor into this house so that we can shower His Love upon them until He calls them to their eternal Home.