ALL AFRICA REPORT: Nairobi — John Cardinal Njue head of the Kenya Episcopal Conference (KEC) on July 3 blessed the site of a proposed new prayer garden at the Consolata Shrine in Westlands, Nairobi.
The ceremony also coincided with the marking of 40 years of the shrine as parish and 20 years as shrine, according to the parish officials.
Cardinal Njue encouraged Catholics to remain firm in faith and strengthen their perseverance against every day challenges, as well as become instruments of consolation.
He urged Christians to pray for the nation for those in leadership can be able to guide and unite the country.
The Cardinal hailed Consolata Missionaries for their spirit of togetherness, love and commitment in their community and to the church.
Once the garden is complete celebrations such as; Holy Eucharist, confessions, Stations of the Cross, the holy Rosary, benediction and the procession of the Blessed Sacrament, will be held here.
According to the official records of the Consolata Shrine since 1953 to June 2011, it has baptized a total of 8,299 people, confirmed 4,817 and united in marriage 1,547 couples.The Consolata shrine was founded in 1953 and dedicated to Our Lady of Consolata. It was consecrated a parish in April 3, 1971 by the Servant of God Maurice Cardinal Otunga.
The parish which is in the Nairobi Central deanery, has a population of 8000 Catholics and two outstations; Highridge and Kileleshwa according to the Kenya Catholic Directory 2006.
One of the major projects in the parish is, Consolata Youth Rehabilitation Programme (COYREP) that supports and caters for the needs of the community in terms of education, health, economic empowerment and sanitation.