Archbishop Kieran O’ Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, will lead the inaugural ‘Miles for Mission’ walk on Saturday 22 October.
walk, which is an initiative of World Missions Ireland (WMI), is being
held as part of the mission month of October celebrations.
Excellency, Mr Richard Opembe, the Kenyan Ambassador to Ireland will
also join in the event which will begin at 11.00am in the Phoenix Park,
Proceeds from the walk will go towards the Love and Hope Centre for
people living with HIV/Aids in Nakuru, Kenya.
The centre, which was
co-founded by Franciscan Missionary Sister Patricia Speight from
Belfast, cares for the most impoverished and destitute people in Nakuru.
Sister Patricia says that funds like those provided by World Missions
Ireland are vital and help ease the constant financial strain.
Speaking ahead of the event, Sally McEllistrim, PR Manager for WMI,
said, “We are delighted that Archbishop Kieran is joining us and the
presence of the Kenyan Ambassador is wonderful too, given the huge
numbers of Irish missionaries with links to Kenya .We are hoping that
our event will be a lovely occasion for people to come together, enjoy
the missionary camaraderie and help raise funds for a wonderful cause as
well. This event will give us time perhaps to reflect on our own
‘missionary walk in life’ and the imprint we are making. It will be a
fun occasion too as missionaries have a wealth of wonderful stories and
so we will raise spirits as we raise funds.”
World Missions Ireland is the official mission outreach charity of
the Catholic Church in Ireland.
It supports missionaries and mission
projects in up to 80 countries throughout the world.
For more on their
work see www.wmi.ie.
Sponsorship cards for the walk are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.