Emmaus Programme

From Vincentian Encyclopedia

The Emmaus Programme was begun in 2004 by priests of the Congregation of the Mission serving in Nairobi, Kenya in response to a request from Kenyan bishops. The bishops had asked that confreres develop an outreach to priests who serve in remote areas.

The Programme's purpose is to address four pillars of formation for priests in missionary territories: human, spiritual, intellectual, and apostolic. It is available three times a year and, as of July 2007, more than 200 priests had attended.

At its inception, the Programme served the Ecclesiastical Province of the Archdiocese of Nairobi. Subsequently it expanded to include priests of other dioceses. Its stated goals are:

To provide an integrated series of seminars in a reflective, spiritual setting to enable diocesan clergy to engage in formation and ongoing development to encourage personal holiness, increase priestly support and morale and assist in improving ministerial competence in missionary areas.

The Programme was a recipient of the Mission Award of the Congregation of the Mission for 2007.

External Links

[1] Information about the Archdiocese of Nairobi

[2] Website of the Kenya Episcopal Conference