Our Journey In Kenya From 1965 to 2013

SHARING OUR FAITH

On the 11th of April 1965, the Superior General of Guadalupe Missionaries wrote to his Vicar General from Nairobi, Kenya, in the following words: “there is no doubt that the mission which has been offered to me in Teso land, in the Diocese of Kisumu, could be an ideal place to start our presence in Africa or, at least, it could be as a mission ad limina and in future we can extend our evangelization action towards other regions of the same country or even beyond the borders of the country”.

His Exc. Mons. John de Reeper, Bishop of Kisumu, offered to Mons. Manuel Escalante, Superior General of Guadalupe Missionaries, three Parishes in Teso land, close to the Kenya-Uganda border. Mons. Escalante was excited about this idea since the situation of that region (especially Teso ethnic group) could offer the opportunity to Guadalupe Missionaries the possibility to extend their evangelization action beyond the political borders of Kenya since Teso people are settled in the two countries. The three missions offered to Guadalupe Missionaries were: Amukura, Chakol and Chelelemuk.

The official agreement, between Guadalupe Missionaries and the Diocese of Kisumu, was signed on April the 14th 1965. It was him, Mon. John de Reeper, who welcomed, for the very first time, the Missionary Institute of Guadalupe into Africa.

The first Guadalupe missionary made his arrival in Amukura on December the 14th 1965 as an Assistant Priest to a Mill Hill missionary, who was the Parish Priest at that time in the mission, but this juridical situation was about to be different very soon since the new comer, Fr. Emerenciano Rodríguez, rapidly took over the responsibility of the Parish. Furthermore, he was appointed as the Episcopal Vicar in Teso region, in the following year. On February the 15th 1966, the second Guadalupe missionary arrived at Chakol as an assistant priest to a Mill Hill missionary as well. On July the 1st 1967 the third Guadalupe group made their presence in the region, which was composed by three more Mexican missionaries. Consequently, we are talking of five Guadalupe missionaries in Kenya, by the year 1967, who wanted to fulfill God’s will in the huge, needed and excited Africa Continent.