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Memorial Mass, Friendly Reception, Visit to St. Daniel Comboni Secondary School Project Site

Nov 29, 2016

Every year a Memorial Mass is held at the Italian War Memorial Church in Nyeri where, laid to rest, are the remains of the Duke of Aosta, Prince Amedeo Savoia-Aosta. Also buried in the Church grounds are soldiers of different nationalities and religions.

The Order of Malta this year joined the Italian community in the celebration of the Memorial mass held on Sunday, 13th November 2016 and along with the Italian Embassy laid a wreath on the tomb of the Duke of Aosta.  Holy Mass was co-celebrated by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Emeritus of Nyahururu Luigi Pagliaro, Fr. Daniel Bertea, Parish priest of the Consolata Shrine in Nairobi and Fr. Joseph Gitonga of the Consolata fathers.   In attendance were the Italian Ambassador and spouse, the Italian Military Attaché from Addis Ababa and spouse, the President of Comites and spouse, as well as Italian families, friends and government officials.  The Order was represented by the Chargé d’Affaires and one of the Counsellors, Dr. Laura Colnaghi Calissoni.

In the evening of the same day the Order hosted a friendly reception which was attended by Ambassadors from various countries.  Sincere thanks were extended to the wife of the Chargé d’Affaires for having organized such an exquisite cocktail set in an enchanting and relaxed environment.

The following day, 14th November 2016, the Order paid a visit to the construction site of the St. Daniel Comboni Secondary School at Embakasi, a project proposed by the Comboni Missionaries – Verona Fathers.  The building of the centre has advanced considerably, namely 4 floors have been completed with walling and roof structure.  In order for the work to be completed, the project is awaiting for funds to be released by the CEI.  The prospective contribution of the Order could be in the supply of two laboratories or classroom furniture, or both.