Missionary Renewal to Guide Planned Golden Jubilee of Religious Men in Kenya

Cross, representing Religious Superiors’ Conference of Kenya (RSCK)

As Catholics around the world prepare to begin the celebration of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 (EMMOCT2019), which Pope Francis announced, a planned Golden Jubilee of male Religious in Kenya is providing an opportunity for the men who have consecrated their lives to God in different religious orders to renew themselves as missionaries, their Executive Secretary has said.

“With this celebration (Golden Jubilee), we hope to renew ourselves as missionaries who will go out and preach the word of God in various areas, even the ones hard to reach,” the Executive Secretary of the Religious Superiors’ Conference of Kenya (RSCK), Br. Julias Ouma Awino of the Brothers of St. Joseph (BSJ) told ACI Africa Friday.

“This celebration is also connected to the theme of EMMOCT2019, ‘Baptized and Sent,” Br Awino said and added, “As we come together with our different charisms, members are being commissioned with their uniqueness to go to the periphery and evangelize people.”

With the celebrations, RSCK anticipates an increase in missionary work, especially in hardship areas.

“We are looking forward to having more members on the ground evangelizing people at the periphery even at difficult places like where there is war like the border of Kenya and Somalia,” the Brother of St. Joseph said.


The Golden Jubilee for RSCK will be held on October 8 under the theme “Charism at the Service of the Mission of the Church”.

The theme “reflects various religious members who carry out different activities with different charisms,” Br. Awino explained.

The activities of the day will include a talk by the Secretary for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, OFM, as well as an Eucharistic celebration led by the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya Archbishop Hurbetus van Megen.

Founded in 1969, RSCK represents and brings together male consecrated communities in Kenya through their superiors and therefore offers “a locus to live out their charism for the good of Church in Kenya and speaking with one voice for all members.”

The Conference is made up of 77 member congregations based in different places in Kenya, representing religious priests, religious brothers and the Society of Apostolic Life.

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The jubilee celebrations will include an Annual General Meeting on October 9-10.