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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Live from Nairobi

Il Kilimanjaro

Live from Nairobi
I share with you some news from Kenya. Wednesday morning myself and Fr. Davide, from Dar es Salaam moved to Nairobi. Here welcomes us a young Carmelite priest from Kenya, Fr. Steve. We wait for the following flight on which are travelling Fr. Fryderick , Polish and Fr. Jean Marie, a Burundian. Both of them are coming from Rwanda.
We cross by car a section of Nairobi noticing high traffic, many commercial and industrial activities, but also the great green outdoors, at least in the area where we stand, Kareen. Here is the Carmelites Convent, as well as many other Religious communities. Next door there is the Consolata Missionaries House. Right there I could surprise with a visit Fr. Nicholas Fogliacco, fellow countryman back in Italy (Our Lady of Grace - Cuneo). We talked fraternally ending saying each other goodbye in our own dialect: the “piemontese”.
At present I am here in Nairobi because of a Meeting of the Superiors of French-speaking Carmelites. We are about twelve Carmelite Friars coming from Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Togo, Senegal, Madagascar, together with representative of the General House in Rome.
It's nice to get together and to learn about other Countries and different life experiences. Despite the social fragility of many countries, I find in all participants a very strong wish to bring the beauty of the Gospel, and to share the spirituality of Carmel. We had very lively and enriching exchanges of our points of view on education and formation of our youth, among a good number of other important issues. As an enjoyable conclusion we went to visit, not so far from our convent, a small park, natural environment for the giraffes
We have in our hearts much hope and convinced wishes to continue our missionary work so that Africa continues to grow enriching the world and the Church with its beautiful gifts.
Tomorrow, Saturday, November 22, I will leave travelling toward North: first to Paris and then to Rome. I will stay a few weeks in Italy. Talk to you soon.

In riunione con i Padri Carmelitani dell'Africa Francofona e Madagascar

Il Centro dei Carmelitani Scalzi a Nairobi
Le Centre des carmes Déchaux à Nairobi

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