Wednesday, 12 November 2008

KENYA: Veteran Catholic Missionary at the Coast is Buried

MOMBASA August 1, 2008 (CISA) -One of the longest-serving Catholic missionaries here on the Indian Ocean coast, Fr Tom Barron, was buried Friday at the Holy Ghost Cathedral Parish.The 76-year-old Holy Ghost missionary from Ireland died on Friday, July 25, at a home for the aged. He had served the Catholic Church in Mombasa for 46 years.Moments before he passed away, Fr. Barron told Fr. Joachim Minja who anointed him: “Tell the archbishop to take care of the diocese. Thank the people of Mombasa for allowing me to stay here.”The requiem mass was celebrated by Fr Sean McGovern, the local superior of the Holy Ghost Fathers in Kenya, who described his late confrere as “a humble, brave and courageous priest.”Fr Barron was born on November 14, 1931, in Ireland, and was ordained a priest on July 10, 1960. He arrived in the Archdiocese of Mombasa in 1962. He worked in the diocesan administration as a procurator and secretary.From 1973 to 1988, he was the vicar-general and later worked in Utange and Shanzu parishes where he built a house for father in charge and a convent in 1979.In 1984, he worked at Holy Ghost cathedral and in 1989 at Mikindani parish.

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