The plane arriving from Rome touched down at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 7:45 pm for Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz’s first visit to East Africa as Prelate of Opus Dei. He was warmly and joyfully received by the Vicar of Opus Dei in East Africa, Rev. Fr. Silvano Ochuodho and three families: the Njais, Sibondos and Beauttahs.
The Beauttahs were overjoyed as they welcomed Mons. Ocáriz with a bouquet of flowers, accompanied by a welcome song in Kiswahili (Kenya’s national language). The couple was accompanied by their children and grandchildren, representing three generations educated in some of the corporate undertakings of Opus Dei in Kenya.
The Njais and Sibondos joined the welcoming entourage together with their families.
The upcoming week will be a beehive of activities as Mons. Ocáriz will meet with the faithful of the Prelature as well as their families. He will also, in his capacity as Chancellor, meet with the staff and students of Strathmore University. In his agenda for the week, Mons. Ocáriz will visit some institutions which are corporate undertaking of Opus Dei; among them are:
Eastlands College of Technology, a project of Strathmore Educational Trust established in Kenya to train Micro-Entrepreneurs on basic business skills and provide ICT training as well as Electrical and Automotive technology for the youth who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Kibondeni College, a school of hospitality which aims to provide women with an all-round formation which will enable them be excellent professionals of high integrity in the service of society through the hospitality industry. This year marks 50 years since Kibondeni College was founded.