Josiah Kimiri Kimani
Josiah Kimiri Kimani's mother instilled a love of the Catholic faith in all of her six children. Growing up in Nyahururu Diocese, Shamata Parish, Kenya, Josiah attended Catholic school and was an active member of his parish. He served as an acolyte and accompanied the parish priest on visits to the parish's sick and elderly.
After eighth grade, Josiah knew he was being called to a vocation. His parish priest helped him enroll in a high school seminary, where he met a missionary priest for the Society of African Missions.
"I was struck by their charism of working in the most abandoned places in Africa," Josiah said.
But Josiah's family wanted him to pursue other careers. He worked in the National Youth Service, where he offered paramilitary training, administered basic first aid and provided disaster management, but he was called back to mission work in 2008, when he rejoined the Society of African Missions, working in Africa and studying philosophy and theology. He spent a year in the Child Rescue Center in Philippines, helping abandoned, disabled children. Upon returning to Kenya, he became involved in youth ministry, including warning children about the effects of drug and substance abuse.
Now, Josiah is beginning a new adventure, studying to become a Glenmarian brother.
"Through my interactions with the brothers, I loved the fact that the brothers had the freedom to do what they loved and were talented in," Josiah said. "My hope and prayer is to become a Glenmary brother. I have interest in social justice where I would get involved in community programs, such as building and construction and working with the refugees and migrants."
Currently, Josiah is working in prison ministry in Branchville, Ind.
"I find it fun being in the presence of inmates who are very hospitable and very good at singing," Josiah said. "I always look forward to Friday evening for this ministry.