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St. John the Baptist Mass at Nazareth, Kenya

Oct 12, 2017

On the 21st July 2017, the small Consolata church at the Nazareth Hospital in Banana Hill, Kiambu County, was the venue chosen by the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Order of Malta, Dr. Franco De Paoli and his wife Marinella, to celebrate Holy Mass in honour of our Patron Saint.

The Nazareth Hospital is also home to elderly Consolata Sisters who, regardless of their age, are still very active and have been instrumental in bringing together 70 pupils to attend the Allamano Children’s Hope School.  These children, the offspring of extremely poor families who are employed in the tea plantations, receive education and meals on a daily basis.

To mark the occasion, the Order of Malta donated to the above-mentioned children large food parcels so that they would have enough food during the general electoral period which coincided with the end of term.

Thanks to the generosity of British Airways, cabin blankets were also donated to all the children to fight the cold Kenyan winter weather.

Holy Mass was presided over by the Very Reverend Monsignor Marco Ganci, Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission of the Apostolic Nunciature and co-celebrated by Fr. Njoroge. The students accompanied the Mass with lively hymns and dances as is customary in the good African tradition.

In addition to the Nuns and the children, the event was attended by the President of the Italian Community, Mr. Bruno Giachino and spouse and the Diplomatic Secretary of the Order, Mr. Sam Mattock.

The colourful and cheerful photos were taken courtesy of Mr. Jack Brockham.

After the celebrations, all present were invited to lunch in order to end the day together.