Nairobi, 08 December, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Fr. George Crocenzi, a native of the U.S., who ministered in East Africa for close to four decades has been recognized by his confreres; they have named a house in Nairobi after him.
Described as the “Father of the East African Province” of the Spiritans, Fr. Crocenzi was appointed Principal Superior of Kilimanjaro District in 1966, a period that marked the beginning of intense efforts to establish the Foundation of the Spiritans in East Africa, including the recruitment and training of candidates in the Congregation.
The native of Pittsburgh in the U.S., where he was born in 1923, is said to have lived the “radical gospel of self-giving” in his 38 years of Priestly ministry in Africa.
In a recent meeting, members of the Union of Circumscriptions of East Africa (UCEAF) of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Spiritans/Holy Ghost Fathers/CSSp.), who had been scouting for a name for the house that has been set aside for confreres enrolling for specialized studies in Nairobi settled for Fr. George Crocenzi.
“Spiritans can now come to study in the institutions in Kenya especially in Nairobi while staying at the Crocenzi House,” the Provincial Superior of Kenya and South Sudan, Fr. Dominic Gathurithu, who participated in the UCEAF meeting in November told ACI Africa on Tuesday, December 5.