ST. STEVEN KENYA PARTNERSHIP
~~ CURRENT EVENTS!! ~~
Kenya Day Mass on April 30th at 10:45 Mass in the School Hall with a Taste of Africa buffet immediately following
May we be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. Romans
The St. Steven Kenya Partnership Committee was officially formed on the feast of the Assumption of Mary, August 15, 1999 between St. Stephen Church in Bradshaw and St. Steven’s Church in Mombasa, Kenya. This relationship developed through the power of the rosary, when in the year 1998 mission rosaries were sent to St. Steven’s Kenya. Eighth grade CCD students made the rosaries as a service project and selected St. Steven’s, Kenya in honor of our patron, Saint Stephen.
Fr. Joseph Okech, A.J. parish priest at St. Steven’s accepted the mission rosaries on behalf of the entire parish community and immediately saw an opportunity to develop a relationship between our parishes. Fr. Larry Kolson embraced this proposal and the catechist teacher, with the assistance of the Parish Council, proceeded to pursue volunteers to form the Kenya Partnership Committee.
The Kenya Partnership has flourished taking on many projects, sponsoring an annual wood carving fund raiser event, establishing culture exchanges through pen-pal letter writing among the youth, and joining our parishes together in spirit on our “Kenya Day” celebration. The concern to assist with some of the material needs of the faith community in Kenya brought forth much generosity from our parish, school and benefactors.
Over the years the committee initiated many projects to build our relationship with St. Steven’s Bomu in Kenya. Contributions have been sent to our sister parish to complete their new church, dedicated on December 26, 2001. To better serve the needs of the Bomu community, a water well was installed, a four story bell tower built with the installation of digital carillon bells while monthly stipends continue to provide for the sick and the first family bibles were distributed.
The cultural exchange between parishes strengthened when in August 1999, Fr. Joseph Okech visited our parish for the first time with subsequent visits by the Archbishop of Mombasa, The Most Reverend John Njenga. In June 2005, five ambassadors from our parish traveled to St. Steven’s Bomu community and experienced firsthand the deep faith and African spirituality we have felt from afar. This memorable trip has forever changed our partnership as these ambassadors brought with them this spirituality that has united our parishes in an extraordinary way. Since then, visits between our parishes continue and are encouraged.
Our hope for the future is to continue to grow and develop our partnership in ways the Holy Spirit and Our Lady of the Rosary will lead us! Please consider joining the Kenya Partnership Committee and becoming part of this vibrant cultural ministry! Please contact the committee for additional information.
Chairperson - Mary Bauer; 443-456-3498 - email@example.com
Co-Chairperson - Alex Wall; 443-834-2853 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary - Duffy Laws; 410-592-6312 - email@example.com
Treasurer - Kellie Reynolds; 410-592-7294 - firstname.lastname@example.org