The Diocese of Kerry celebrated Mission Month with a public talk presented by Fr. Niall Geaney and Sr. Orla Treacy. which was well-attended by an audience rich in missionary experience. Fr. Niall, a native of Castleisland and a Kiltegan priest is now working in St. Brendan’s Parish, Tralee. Fr. Niall opened the evening describing his life as a missionary in Sudan, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya. He spoke of the challenges of warfare and famine, which are sadly ongoing realities. He also shared instances of joy-filled liturgies and the perseverance of hope in people who often have to keep starting over.
Sr. Orla Treacy is a Loreto Sister who went to Presentation Primary school in Tralee. She received the Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Award last year in recognition for her work in South Sudan. Following her congregation’s “Courage to move” initiative, the Loreto School in Rumbek was started in 2006… although the compound is still being developed and now includes a primary and secondary school and a clinic. Working with the Dinka people, this is a pioneering project. Pupils face challenges inherent to their culture of early arranged marriages and revenge killings, a legacy of war. For further information visit https://www.loretorumbek.ie
Also present in St. John’s were Sr. Mary Usifoh and Michelle (Communications Officer) from Our Lady of Apostles http://http://www.olaireland.ie/ who presented on opportunities and projects for those interested in a volunteering experience in Africa. Fr. Dan Ahern represented the Columban Missionaries https://columbans.ie/.
Srs Orla and Penina also visited Mercy Mounthawk and Presentation Secondary School on Friday presenting to TY students.
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Next Sunday October 21st is World Mission Sunday. to read Pope Francis’ message Together with Young People, Let’s Bring the Gospel to All click papa-francesco_20180520_giornata-missionaria2018.
A Diocesan collection will be held at all Sunday Masses to promote the work of World Missions Ireland http://www.wmi.ie