Seminarian Travelogue: East Africa

My name is Nicholas Guiney, C.S.C., and I am a 4th-year temporarily professed seminarian at the Congregation of Holy Cross.This summer, my classmate, and fellow seminarian, Peter and I are living and ministering in Dandora, a large slum-like neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya. Holy Cross has ministered in this neighborhood since 1978. We have not been given a specific population number for Dandora, but suffice to say that it is very dense. Dandora is infamous in Nairobi as being the city’s municipal dumpsite.

We live with 12 other Holy Cross religious, who work at the parish, St. James pre-primary and primary school, Br. Andre Hospital, or are studying at the Catholic University of East Africa. The pr iests and brothers here have great zeal for their missionary work.

I am blessed to partake in several different ministries while here in Dandora. I teach computer classes to primary school students, visit patients at Br. Andre Hospital, assist with liturgies, visit and participate in prayer groups throughout the neighborhood, and help distribute food to the poor and needy. Holy Cross’ work here in Dandora is incredible, and I have tried to capture some moments on my phone and camera throughout my time. I hope you enjoy it!

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