September 25, 2012
For Everything There is a Season
According to Scripture, there is a time for everything under heaven. For the Marianists in Eastern Africa, there was a time to plant. Starting with their arrival in 1957, they began to grow a Marianist presence in Kenya, Zambia and Malawi. But the signing of the Lusaka Declaration in 1979 — a document formally declaring their intention to recruit African Marianists in the Society of Mary — gave their work greater focus and direction.
Now, more than 30 years later, it is time to reap the rewards of that work. In a celebration in May, Marianists from around the globe gathered in Nairobi to witness the handing over of leadership responsibility to African Marianists and the newly formed independent Region of Eastern Africa. It also was an occasion to honor the legacy of those who made this possible.