October 10, 2014

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Living in the Bush: without water

The sun beats down from directly overhead, burning the skin after a very short while. The breeze does provide some relief, especially in the shade. It is the end of the dry season and there is little vegetation on the ground. Many of the trees are bare, though some trees stubbornly stay green. The ground is hard. The washboard dirt roads have numerous ruts and washouts … driving 15-20 kilometers can take an hour or more.

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October 9, 2014

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Kwa Koke Earth Dam Visit

The Diocese of Kitui has experienced an almost devastating drought for some 10 years. When it does rain, which is usually just twice a year, the ground is often so solid and dry that water runs off. The partnership consisting of members from the Diocese of Kitui and the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis came together to discuss ways to help with the water situation.

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October 9, 2014

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Community gathering in St. Mary’s Parish, Miambani, Kitui, Kenya

All morning long preparations were being made for the big community fundraiser in Miambani. Huge tents were assembled and positioned, then moved again to be in just the right spot. The children, all in their school uniforms of navy blue sweaters, white collared shirts and either blank pants for the boys or a plaid jumper for the girls, raised the plastic chairs above their heads and placed them in neat rows under the tents.

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October 8, 2014

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Facing HIV/AIDS in Kitui

On Monday, October 6, Joyce, Jodee and I (Lucy) were privileged to attend an HIV/AIDS support group sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Kitui. This group, which has been meeting since 2005, is composed of both Muslim and Christian women and men. The stories they shared of being isolated, afraid and stigmatized were very powerful. Through the Catholic Church, they have received household items such as mattresses and medication not provided by the government. More importantly, this group and the church have given them hope and a purpose.

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October 6, 2014

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Visiting with the Street Children

This afternoon, I went to the Kitui Diocese’s Saint John Eudes Rehabilitation Centre for street children on the outskirts of Kitui Town.

Sister Lucia, one of the many young African religious sisters we have met in Kitui had invited me and some of the other Minnesota delegates to see this concrete block building where she is working miracles.

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October 6, 2014

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Kitui, Kenya Partnership: A Day at St. John Paul II Institute for the Deaf and the Blind

Today we visited the Kitui Diocese’s St. John Paul II Institute for the Deaf and the Blind. I was very excited to see the place and visit with the Principal, Joyce Mutwii. My family, and my parish, the Church of St. Joseph, Red Wing, had hosted Joyce two years ago when she visited Minnesota with the Kitui Delegation. Joyce and I have corresponded by e-mail over these two years and I was very eager to see her again.

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October 3, 2014

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Voyaguer life comes alive for young readers

Learning about the lifestyles and traditions of the voyageurs is made easy in an interesting work of historical fiction for young readers.

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October 3, 2014

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Into The Bush

The “first wave” of delegates from the archdiocese arrived in Kenya on the evening of October 1, the feast day of St. Therese, the patroness of mission. The team was enthusiastically met at the Nairobi airport by the receiving committee of our partnering Diocese of Kitui:  Fr. Robert Mutui, the vicar general of the Diocese of […]

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October 2, 2014

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Breuer and the Benedictines build a church

How Marcel Breuer and the Benedictine monks of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville collaborated to design and build the iconic church that set the worldwide standard for a church for the new Catholic liturgy in the mid-20th century.

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September 29, 2014

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Kitui, Kenya Send-Off Mass

On Saturday, September 27th, a special send-off Mass was held for the solidarity partnership delegation traveling to Kitui, Kenya and their relatives. It was a wonderfully inspiring Mass which was led by Archbishop Nienstedt who will be with the group leaving October 5 for Kenya.  The Mass included a special send-off prayer and the presentation […]

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