The Celebration of St Daniel Comboni 2019

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The Feast of St Daniel Comboni of Sudan and South Sudan was held in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 2.30pm, where over 200 people attended this very significant community celebration bringing many cultures together.

The main celebrant, Fr Philip Marshall, wore a chasuble with the picture of St Daniel Comboni painted on the vestment, to celebrate this special Saint who helped to combat the slave trade existing in Sudan and South Sudan in the 1800’s.  The concelebrants at the Mass were Fr. Anthony Adimai, Administrator of the Cathedral Parish; Fr Michael Musyoka Kyumu, Fr. Mwaura Gicheha, and Deacon Nick Kerr. 

The stylish members of the African community filled the church pews with colour and flair wearing their traditional dress. The beautiful African rhythm of music permeated through the congregation while the African Principal Choir (St Kizito) was singing church hymns in English and different African languages, delighting the congregation with joyful intermittent ‘ululation’.

This feast day was a special time for 10 young people and children who were baptised, with four who received the sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion. The joy on the children’s faces who received the Eucharist for the first time was a sight to behold!  Fr Philip Marshall baptised and confirmed the candidates with reverence for the liturgy of the sacraments and gentleness and love for the candidates. This annual celebration to be held at the Cathedral each year reflects the importance of the faith and culture that this community brings to the Catholic Church in Adelaide. Mr Clement Kuek was recognised by both Fr Philip and Fr Michael for the amazing support he has given to the African Community over the years.

After the Mass, everyone was invited to the Cathedral Hall where delicious African food was served, and shared by all, depicting a perfect gathering around the table of Christ.

Please view the photos of the celebration below for your enjoyment.