Who we are?

We are Guadalupe Missionaries (Guadalupe Fathers in Kenya). The Mexican Society of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Foreign Missions was founded by bishops and priests from México on October 7th 1949. Bishop Alonso M. Escalante, a Mexican American Maryknoll who had worked for many years in China and Bolivia, was appointed Superior General of the new Missionary Society.

Our Mission is to bring the Good News to those countries where the majority of the inhabitants have not heard of Christ. Pius XII approved for us the name of Guadalupe Missionaries (Misioneros de Guadalupe) in honor of our Lady of Guadalupe, considering that our Lady of Guadalupe has become for us Mexicans, a mark of national identity and a great example of missionary zeal, as she helped the Spanish missionaries to bring the catholic faith to Mexico.

Guadalupe Missionaries arrived in Kenya on 12th December 1965, two years after independence and four days after the closing of Vatican Council II. It was the third mission of the Institute and the first in the African Continent.

Four decades have already passed and we believe that this is an opportune moment to stop and remember our journey. What have we learned? What have been our findings, initiatives, and obstacles? What must we keep, avoid, and what we should renew? In what way have we perceived the presence of God acting in the midst of our people?

Certainly, it is necessary to walk in the footsteps of our past with the attitude of a father who is taking out of his chest new and old things (Mat. 13:52) in order to share the findings, successes, and failures. To thank the Lord for having invited us to be his collaborators in the mission, to ask pardon for sins of commission and omission, to walk again in the encounter with the Kenyan people in a new manner, but not in a different mode from the way of God.

Guadalupe Missionaries began their work in the periphery of the country, on the border of Kenya and Uganda (Teso and Luhya land). They supported small educational projects, giving priority to the African woman, children, and young people, facilitating integration and participation in the society that a newly independent nation was trying out. There was growing attachment to the people through the following means: Sunday visits, sharing food, learning their local languages, and promoting the vocations of agents of local evangelization. Other features, which have characterized the Mexican Missionaries in Kenya, include: striving towards self-sufficiency, the desire to form SCCs (Small Christian Communities) and formation of local leaders.

Quienes Somos los Misioneros de Guadalupe

We have already taken up 19 communities in different dioceses in Kenya. This include places such as Teso, Maragoli, Kipsigis, Maasai, and Nairobi (urban area). Presently, we attend 6 Parishes: 2 in Nairobi (Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and Christ The King Catholic Chuch- Kibera), 3 in Maasai land (Lenkisem, Mashuru and Namanga) and one in Turkana (Kainuk).

Guadalupe Missionaries in Kenya dream about a people who work and who, sharing the values of their predecessors, promote life in all its integrity live in harmony with God, with creation, and with others, and thus celebrate jubilantly the love of God in union with their environment.

We believe that the Lord is calling us to work in dialogue with different social and religious agents; we want to renew life in all its dimensions by means of the Gospel, respecting cultures, in the style of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, in order to build together a society with hope.

Our Mother, ‘the Dark One’, teaches us to direct our care to the poor recognizing their dignity, speaking their own language, announcing the ‘God by whom all things live’, giving hope and spirit to people in order to take on the original project of the Father.

We have to continue forming and empowering leaders and agents of evangelization so that they become means of transformation and thereby promote life, justice, peace, the environment, and integral development. The field of work is vast and the challenges of this multicultural society offer us the opportunity to be present in hitherto unimaginable places.

We must prioritize: inculturation of the Gospel, integral formation of leaders and agents of evangelization, and facilitate ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue. We want to address the traditional religions, African cultures and marginalized areas without a community of believers.

We take this opportunity to give thanks to each one of you. Thank you for your prayers and unconditional support, which you have offered us during this time.

May the Lord of life accompany us, be our strength, and continue illuminating our way.

Guadalupe Fathers, Kenya