Two Irish Kiltegan Fathers, Sean Cremin from County Cork and Willie Walshe from County Wicklow were guests of Ambassador Vincent O’Neil at the Irish Embassy in Nairobi yesterday.
Between them, the two Fathers from the St Patrick’s Missionary Society have been in Kenya for over 60 years.
The Irish Embassy Tweeted a photo from the visit to celebrate their “fantastic commitment and service.”
St Patrick’s Missionaries in Kenya
Following its foundation in 1932, for the next 28 years the overseas missions of the Society had all been in Nigeria, before the first five members of the Society assigned to Kenya travelled by boat and arrived on December 29th 1951.
At the time, Kenya was under British Rule. Although colonial life was very comfortable, the local people lacked education and land security, so the missionaries got involved in the running of schools and the training of teachers.
The Church grew markedly and the Diocese of Eldoret was further divided into the Dioceses of Lodwar, Nakuru, and later Kitale.
Kenya today is an important centre for the training of St Patrick’s priests and Society members work in the Archdioceses of Nairobi and Mombasa, and in the Dioceses of Kitui, Nakuru, Kericho, Eldoret, Kitale and Lodwar.