Nativity Feast : Nairobi, Kenya


Nativity Feast : Nairobi, Kenya

Report by Fr. Mervin SVD & Basil Serrao
Pics by Sharmila

Nairobi, Sep 15: Its small size in number notwithstanding, the Mangalorean Catholic community in Nairobi, Kenya celebrated Monti Fest with full religious fervour and traditional ado.














The celebration which began with the praying of Rosary at about 6.45 PM, on Saturday, 11th, at the family home of Mrs & Mr. Oliver, was followed by a solemn High Mass and a beautiful ceremony to honour Mother Mary by showering of flower petals. The theme - “MORI MAI AMKAM JEZU SORXIM VECHI VAT DAKOITA; JEZU THAIM EKVOTTAN SAMBALLTA” – helped the gathering to reflect over the vital role that Mother Mary plays in their day-to-day lives. Fr. Mervin Noronha SVD was the main celebrant, while Fr. Anto Poruthur SVD gave an inspiring homily. About 100 people, including some Goans & Kenyans, some non Catholics, and some Hindu and Muslim friends attended the celebration. A sumptuous meal marked the grand finale. Of course for fun lovers, there were plenty of spontaneous songs and jokes during the informal get together that accompanied the meals. All in all, everyone had a taste of Mangalorean piety, unity and communion."

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  • Flavy Pais, Malecody, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 16 2010

    Nice to see you on facebook Fr. Mervin. happy to know that you had a nice celebration, even in the far off land of Nairobi.

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  • Prashanth, Bantwal

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    nice to see you Fr. Mervin datu

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  • Mario Rodrigues, Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    We miss the celebrations. Wonderful to see all of you all. May the fellowship continues to Grow to Love and Serve God's people. God Bless you all.

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  • Mario Rodrigues, Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    We miss the celebrations. Wonderful to see all of you all. May the fellowship continues to Grow to Love and Serve God's people. God Bless you all.

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  • Natasha Dsouza, AUH, Pernal

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    Fr mevin, Nice coverage of Monthi fest celebration in Kenya.... U r very innovative n even being so far u celebrated monthi fest... Great job... Hope u all had a wonderful celebration

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  • Alex Serrao, Mangalore/Hirebile

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    Dear Fr. Mervin/Basil,

    Thanks for the meaningful coverage and good photos. (Thanks to Sharmila)

    Though the community is small in number in Nairobi, I must say that you are large in enthusiasm. Small deeds will unfold in small ways to have multifold effect in the years to come.

    May our mother Mary bless all of you and also your efforts to bring together the Community

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  • Pressy Braggs, Balkunje / Pune

    Tue, Sep 14 2010

    Fr. Mervi, nice to read and see the pictures of Monti Fest celebration in Kenya.

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