Spiritans were the first Catholic missionaries to evangelize Kenya coming to Mombasa in 1889. Spiritans are present in five of Kenya’s twenty-six Dioceses, working primarily in first evangelaizaiton, slum work in parishes in Nairobi and Mombasa, education and work in home-based parishes.
Over the last few years, the Spiritans in Kenya have launched into several new works: first evangelisation amongst the Pokot people, the re-opening of missions in the very difficult Garissa region, and pastoral work in the poor quarters of Nairobi.
The confreres have always been very much involved in education. They no longer have the same responsibilities in that area, but they still have a direct or indirect involvement. One very important work for the country and the diocese is St. Mary’s College, Nairobi. The Spiritans direct the work and they recently took some important decisions regarding the future.
The Spiritans are continuing other works to which they have been committed for a long time: chaplaincies and religious teaching in schools and the University, parishes, chaplains to hospitals and convents, professors in the senior seminary, work in the pastoral centres and involvement in inter-religious dialogue.