For Kenneth Wandera, the second time was a charm.
Kenneth knew that he wanted to be a missioner, because his hometown church in Kenya was founded by missioners.
Rooted in faith, he loved the idea of spreading the Gospel and bringing Catholicism to the unchurched.He researched the Mill Hill Missioners who founded his church and joined their formation program, but it was not a good fit.
Kenneth enjoyed the outreach aspects of the mission work – working with the poor, serving in the orphanages, teaching young people, helping catechumens, visiting the old and sick and educating people about theology – but he wanted more.
“Pastoral work is where I learned to meet people and always felt God’s presence, the spirit of God at work even in the hardest moments of those experiences,” Kenneth said. “I discovered how much people require others to talk to, to share their plight with and hopefully to get the consoling message of Christ. I learned resilience and the spirit of loving service.”
He heard about Glenmary and connected with its mission. He entered the formation program in 2015 and has been studying at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana. He served in Maynardville, Tenn., and his parish so adored him that parishioners plan to travel to West Virginia to see him make his first oath. In June after his first oath, he will return to Maynardville, Tenn.