Nairobi, 02 March, 2020 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
The first Catholic missionaries to evangelize the East African nation of Kenya, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Saturday, February 29 commissioned the first Kenyan lay associates after years of orientation, with those behind the initiative expressing the hope that the new members will help foster the charism of their 317-year-old worldwide religious order among their various relations.
“We feel that these Lay Spiritans who know a lot about our charism can take it to their families, friends and the places where they work,” Fr. John Mbinda who is at the helm of the Spiritans in Kenya and South Sudan told ACI Africa on the sidelines of the Saturday morning event.
The event saw the commissioning of some 140-lay faithful, drawn from various Spiritan-run parishes in Kenya, as Lay Spiritan Associates.
The official commissioning of the laity formed and oriented in the way of life of the Congregation, Fr. Mbinda said, “is going to have a big impact on our role in evangelization and also about our commitment to live as religious in this congregation.”
“It is important to have a lay group who are going to represent and take the Spiritan charism to the family,” the Kenyan-born cleric underscored and explained, “The family is very key because it is the mother of everything, it is the foundation of faith where we begin learning what faith is.”