Our inaugural ‘Miles for Mission’ in the Phoenix Park on Saturday was a success! The sun shone, the helpers arrived and the missionaries were in lively spirits as was the Kenyan Ambassador who readily joined in the fun as did his Wife !
Archbishop Kieran O’ Reilly of Cashel and Emly led our walk and in his speech he complimented ‘World Missions Ireland’ for launching the initiative, calling it “a wonderful occasion for missionary togetherness and one that will, I hope, become an annual event”. Noting the trees in the Park Archbishop Kieran said that WMI ,like missionaries, has planted a seed in holding the walk ,adding that the assembled participants could look back in years to come and say they were “at the very first miles for Mission”.
Spokesperson for WMI, Sally McEllistrim, thanked all who turned up , complimenting the missionaries for their tireless hard work and calling them “the light in the darkness for those experiencing poverty, despair and displacement”. She thanked all who provided sponsorship including Musgrave’s, Dublin City Council, The Irish Catholic and praised the Defence Forces for proving equipment for the event.
H.E Mr Richard Opembe, the Kenyan Ambassador to Ireland said he was “delighted to be involved, the Irish missionaries are wonderful”.