On 17th March, in Nairobi, Kenya, seven students of the Mill Hill Missionaries publically committed themselves to serve Christ as missionaries in a special ceremony presided over by the General Superior, Fr Anthony Chantry.
The length of training for Mill Hill Missionaries is ten years and involves a two year supervised experience of living and working in a mission area. Of the seven who are now perpetual members, two are from Kenya, two from India, two from Cameroon and one from the Philippines.
In his homily Fr Anthony reminded them that they were committing themselves to a life of service of those who are abandoned and in most need. “Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ can only be effective when it is accompanied by a deep respect for the culture and beliefs of others, and rooted in the gentle power of God’s love for all,” he said.
In the ceremony each of them publicly declared that they will try to be like Christ, messengers of the Good News, and to spread the kindness and love of God throughout the world.
Each new member was presented with his mission cross, and with the traditional red sash which is a sign of his readiness to shed his blood, like Christ, for the sake of God’s Kingdom.
Once these new Mill Hill Missionaries have been ordained deacons and then priests, they will be sent out to Mill Hill Missions in Kenya, Uganda, Malaysia, India, Philippines and Pakistan.
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