Former delegates to Kitui send condolences after school bus crash

| August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Condolences poured in from former Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis delegates to Kitui, Kenya, in the wake of a school bus crash that killed 10 students and injured another 27 from St. Gabriel’s Boarding Primary School in Mwingi, Kenya, Aug. 4.

Mwingi is in the Diocese of Kitui, which has been in a solidarity partnership with the archdiocese since 2004.

Men and women who have traveled to Kitui sent messages over Facebook to members of the community, according to Janine Ricker, global mission outreach coordinator for the Center for Mission in the archdiocese, which oversees the partnership. Archbishop Bernard Hebda also sent a letter of condolence to the community.

Every other year, the Dioceses of Kitui or the archdiocese sends a delegation to visit the other. A delegation from the archdiocese last went to Kitui in 2017, and a delegation from Kitui will be visiting the archdiocese in 2018. Past archdiocesan delegates have visited St. Gabriel school.

“It is sad and unfortunate that we lost such precious lives whose dreams and visions were cut short by human error,” In Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Aug. 9, according to the Daily Nation newspaper in Kenya. “This tragedy could have been avoided had all the concerned parties adhered to the traffic laws.”

Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Nyeri, Kenya, presided over a Mass for the students, and shared similar thoughts. According to the Daily Nation, he also “told the bereaved families to take heart in understanding that there’s life after death and urged Kenyans to pray for those who survived the accident and are still hospitalized.”

Archbishop Muheria is the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Kitui.

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