Photo: The Bells of Glenmary
It’s just one bell, really — but the bell at Glenmary’s Cincinnati headquarters rang with abandon as four novices left the Cincinnati headquarters of the Glenmary Home Missioners on a hot August morning, to begin new missions.
Aloysius Sswendawula, Jose Carlos Miguel Lopez, Samuel Mungai and Kenneth Wandera were the focus of a prayer service and blessing outside the novitiate house with Glenmary president Fr. Chet Artysiewicz and several Glenmary priests, brothers, and lay coworkers.
“The sending of our brothers here to serve the needs of the Church will strengthen our bond with those local churches to which they’re going, and the prayers we offer in this celebration are an expression of that communion,” Fr. Chet said during the prayers. “May God who in Christ has show us his truth and love make you four messengers of the Gospel, and witnesses to the divine love before all the world.”
Wandera and Ssendawula left for parishes in Tennessee. Lopez and Mungai headed to Windsor, NC. Fr. Chet blessed the cars as they drove away, sprinkling each with holy water, while the mission bell beside the novitiate house rang until the cars were out of sight — a Glenmary tradition whenever a missionary leaves for a mission.
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