The first stage of a new venture of the FCJ European Network – twinning with the Assumption Sisters of Eldoret – took place in April/May of this year (2004) when a team of Faithful Companions of Jesus (Betty Ryan (from Ireland), Rita McLoughlin and Ethna Dempsey (from England) and Ruth Casey (from France)) went to Eldoret, in Kenya, to accompany the sisters in the Spiritual Exercises.
Arriving at the airport in Nairobi…
Sisters Rita, Betty and Ruth FCJ are met by Sisters Rosaline, Lucy, Phyllis and Paul A.S.E.
Ethna must have been taking the photo!
The FCJs on the retreat team were joined by Sr Paul A.S.E. who had done her training in St Beuno’s, Wales.
Retreat team outside St Brendan’s Catering College, where the retreats took place.
All those involved, both retreatants and those accompanying found that the retreats went very well – of course we have no photos to illustrate the retreats! There were three separate retreats and in all, 78 of the Sisters were able to make the retreat. The Assumption Sisters of Eldoret number 103 in total at the moment.
We had a couple of days off in between the retreats and the following photos show some of the places and people we visited:
Lake Bogoria and the pink flamingos ...
the hot springs ...
Kenya is a very beautiful country!
After the retreats and the short formation course, we had a few days’ rest and holiday with the Poor Clares in Myanga – friends of ours from Arundel in West Sussex, UK,
There we learned to drum, with Catherine, Gertrude and Mary, sisters in formation.
We visited a school of 880 children -
here are a few
who were thrilled to see the camera.
And finally we had
to pose for our final photo …
Sr Florence, Sr Mary, Gertrude, Ruth, Sisters Leo, Marion and Clare Agnes.
It was time for departures to begin ...
and it is not always easy to say goodbye!
The welcome and hospitality we received was second to none – in fact we often felt that we were receiving much more than we were giving… There seems to be a lot of gratitude in all our hearts – the FCJs as well as the Sisters of the Assumption of Eldoret. We both feel we have made friends, found kindred spirits, and we thank the Lord who led us to each other and is present in all that we do.
Please use the slide show below
if you would like to see more photos of our visit to Kenya.