The Celebration of St Daniel Comboni 2018
by the African Catholic Community
The Feast of St Daniel Comboni of Sudan and South Sudan was held in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2.30pm.
Over 350 people attended this beautiful and joyful celebration, from the African community and other communities of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.
The main celebrant was Fr Philip Marshall and concelebrated by African Priests and other priests of the Archdiocese. The African Catholic choir sung beautifully as dancing children dressed in pink and blue gowns lead the Entrance Procession. The entire congregation swaying to the rhythm of the African music.
This event not only celebrated St Daniel Comboni, a Saint that helped bring Christs love to Africa (especially helping to combat the slave trade existing in the region during the 1800’s) but was also a celebration for the life of the Church as 15 young children from the African Catholic Community were baptised and 8 Candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Fr Philip Marshall baptised and confirmed these children with a tenderness and care that reflected an appreciation for their presence in the Church. He concluded the Mass with a sincere thanks for the richness and diversity the African Community bring to the Adelaide Catholic Community.
Fr Michael Musyoka Kyumu also thanked Fr Philip for his special support to the African Community especially noting the amazing work by Clement Kuek with some support from the Multicultural Office.
After the lively Mass, everyone was invited to food and refreshments in the Cathedral Hall. Traditional African food was served, cooked and shared from the community. Truly chakula kizuri!. There, Fr Philip was gifted with a beautifully embroidered vestment by the community, in gratitude for his commitment to this young, vibrant, growing community.
Please view the photos of the celebration below for your enjoyment.