African Congregation Blossoming

KOENIGSTEIN, Germany, JUNE 25, 2004 ( The Apostles of Jesus, African priests who go from family to family in the continent’s east and south, are in need of help to continue their work.

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«What we need is the world community to pray with us for peace and to support our efforts to give solid formation to our young,» said Father Augustine Njuu, superior general of the congregation during a recent visit to the German headquarters of the charity Aid to the Church in Need.

The Apostles of Jesus priests visit families, engage the poor, and teach the Gospel as well as reading and writing.

During a recent visit to his parish priests in Sudan, Tanzania and Kenya, Father Njuu said that the Church is vibrant, with churches filled to capacity on Sundays in all the villages he saw.

Two Italian Comboni missionaries founded the congregation in 1968 in Moroto, Uganda. Its headquarters is in Nairobi, Kenya.

Father Njuu said the congregation has 357 priests ministering in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Africa and Sudan. It has four minor seminaries with more than 700 students; a novitiate; and two major seminaries. All need financial aid.

From 1995 to 2004, Aid to the Church in Need allocated 125,000 euros ($150,000) to the congregation for the formation of seminarians.

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