Blessing, Ringing of Mission Bell Sends Off Glenmary Novices

Posted: 8/26/2016

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Four novices left Glenmary headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio the morning of Aug. 26 to begin the mission portion of their novitiate year.

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 Father Chet Artysiewicz presiding. Several Glenmary priests, brothers and lay coworkers gathered for the event.

"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," Father 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 is being sent to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church in Maynardville, Tenn. and Ssendawula is going to St. Michael the Archangel in Erwin, Tenn. Lopez and Mungai are headed to Windsor, N.C., home of Holy Spirit mission.

After the blessing, the men got in their cars to drive to their respective destinations. Father Chet blessed each vehicle as it drove by, sprinkling each with holy water. The mission bell beside the novitiate house was rung from the conclusion of the prayer service until the cars were out of sight. The send-off with the mission bell is a Glenmary tradition whenever a missionary is leaving headquarters for a mission destination.

Glenmary novices send-off