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March 2012

Issue No.3/12

From the Coordinators Desk… experience, as you may already have seen from the photos on our Facebook page. We congratulate them for a job well done, and for their

newly

elected

MAGiS

officials. The National Youth Mass followed

Dear friends,

shortly after. At the invitation of

The month of March has been a

Yusufu from the Catholic Diocese

busy one for MAGiS. A lot of

of Nakuru youth office, Magis

people put in time and effort to

Kenya took an active role in the

bring to life experiences that

well

touched the lives of many. The

March

in

Dar

es

Salaam,

The

In

‘Road-to-Rio’13’

has

also

started, marked by the launch of

was the first East African MAGiS

the MAG+S2013 Brazil website.

Weekend to be hosted in Tanzania

As the ink on this newsletter was

and our sisters and brothers there an

Mass.

Magis weekend’.

Tanzania easily comes to mind. It

prepared

youth

Kangemi as well, there was a ‘mini-

MAGiS Weekend at the beginning of

attended

drying, the Leaders and Mentors

extra-ordinary

had their meeting, concluding the 1


1st quarter of 2012 and ushering in

MAGiS Weekend Dar es Salaam

the 2nd. We sincerely thank Paul Kalenzi,SJ, who has served as Chair of Leaders and Mentors, and offered immense contribution to the

growth

of

MAGiS

Kenya.

Ngonidzashe Edward,SJ, will also be leaving us during the second quarter. wonderful

Ngoni

has

mentor,

been

friend

The long bus trip to Dar es Salaam

a

(9 hours from Mombasa and 14

and

from Nairobi!), and the need to get

brother to us and we thank him

a

sincerely. Boniface Mutuku, the

yellow-fever

certificate,

leader of MAGiS Kibera will be

did

vaccination not

deter

16

Kenyans from signing up for the

passing on the leadership mantle.

MAGiS Weekend in Dar towards

We thank them all and wish them

the end of February 2012. On a

well in their mission. We also

warm Friday evening, March 2nd, 46

welcome Charles Lwanga, SJ who

participants sat under the stars

takes over from Paul as Chair of

for introductions that marked the

Leaders and Mentors. Karibu sana

official

Charles!

start

of

the

MAGiS

Weekend. The fatigue from long

The Coordinating team wishes you

hours of travel for the Kenyans

a Blessed Holy week and a Happy

and hard work of preparations for

Easter!

the

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hosts

seemed

to

only

strengthen their resolve to pray the Way of the Cross at 11pm in

2


the night. After a short but good

informed that there had been no

sleep, Saturday arrived, and with

electricity supply for 3 days.

it,

an

invitation

experiment

to

to

go

on

Kigamboni,

15

kilometres from central Dar, and across on the ferry. The pilgrims began the experiment by praying together

at

Mass

with

the As

residents of a home for lepers.

Fr.

Shete

gave

the

final

blessing, we heard the distant roar of the water pumps, indicating that ‘umeme umerudi!’ On Sunday morning, the youth at Luhanga parish invited the pilgrims to Mass, after which we all had an Fr. Shete, SJ, celebrated the

opportunity to see first hand the

Mass while the pilgrims’ make-shift

devastation that the December

choir did not disappoint.

2011 floods left in the area.

The experiment leader, Rehema

A great sign of hope was the

Mbalamwezi, then made 7 groups

nomination of a new team to guide

that

MAGiS

were

assigned

different

Tanzania,

with

Rehema

tasks, ranging from ferrying water

Mbalamwezi

to cleaning to doing the laundry of

coordinator, bringing to a close an

the residents.

intense

One special sign, was that just

experience.

before

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the

Mass,

we

were 3

but

as

fulfilling

national

MAGiS


The program for the days in Brazil

MAG+S/WYD’13, Rio de Janeiro

is as follows: 12-14th July: Opening Gathering in Rio. 15th-21st

July:

Experiments

On the 25th March, the Brazilian

across Brazil

organizing team for MAG+S 2013

22nd July: Gathering in Rio.

unveiled

23rd-28th July: World Youth Days

their

website,

www.magis2013.com. This marked

in Rio.

the official preparations for the Keep checking the website and

event, just seven months after the

Facebook pages for updates.

conclusion of MAG+S 2011 in Spain. Although still in Portuguese, the language spoken in Brazil,

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the

website looks great and promises

MAGiS Kangemi

to be an exciting window through

MAGiS Kangemi is a vibrant group

which we can ‘peep in’ and see what

with a total

to expect in 15 months time. The

belonging to the only Jesuit parish

English section of the website will

in Kenya- St.Joseph the Worker in

be available soon.

Kangemi. It is among the most

of 25 members,

active MAGiS groups in Kenya. MAGiS

Kangemi

meets

every

Monday from 6pm and are fresh from a successful MAGiS Kangemi weekend,

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held

at

the

parish


pastoral centre on the 16th and 17th

National Youth Mass

March.

On 11th March, all roads led to Mji wa Furaha for the National youth mass (World youth

day Kenya

chapter). The event was graced by the Bishop of Nakuru, Rt. Rev. Makumba. The Magis Nakuru leader, John Some of the activities that we

Yusuf was the chief organizer for

partake include; Weekly prayer

the event and invited Magis people

meetings

to take an active role of ushering

evening,

held local

every Magis

Monday weekends,

and selling magis merchandise.

nature walks, and most importantly home visits. We visit the homes of our members as a group, to get to know each other like a family. Some MAGiS Kangemi members are Martin Wachira who is the immediate

former

national

coordinator, Norman Kiguhi who

The World Youth Day theme and

serves as the current group leader

message from the Pope for this

and

Paul

year was then officially launched

Kalenzi,SJ . All for the Greater

to the youth in Kenya. The theme

Glory of God.

is ‘Rejoice in the Lord Always’,

-- By Norman Kiguhi

(Phil 4.4).

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the

outgoing

mentor

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---If you have any MAGiS

PRAYER FOR ENDING THE LENTEN PERIOD:

news and photos please share them with us and we will include them in upcoming newsletters.

Loving Father of mine,

CONTACT: The Coordinator MAGiS Kenya Email: magiskenya@gmail.com

I feel the pace quicken, the time draw near. I am filled with joy as I move toward Easter and the promised reconciliation with you.

Mobile: 0721 605 830

Teach me to follow the example of your Son, Skype: Magiskenya

to be worthy of being called one his people: a Christian.

Face book: Magis Kenya Magis Africa

Help me to live each day as he did

YouTube:

turning hatred to love

MagisKenya’s Channel

Coordination Team: Edna, Brian and Allen

and conflict to peace.

I await the new life with eagerness, faith and a deep gratitude!

Spirituality

AMEN

Companionship Service

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