Italian Catholic priest, Father Adolf Ballot has acquired plaudits from far and large whereas leaving Kenya with solely two luggage, 53 years after he was posted to the East African nation.
The celebrated priest is famously generally known as Father Alleluia Omogoka -a nickname he earned whereas serving on the Catholic Diocese of Kisii.
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On Tuesday, Might 25, the standard father flew again to Italy after spending virtually his complete life on missionary work in Kenya.
Catholic Justice and Peace Fee, Malindi wished him properly in a press release launched earlier than his departure. The fee said that “Fr Adolf, 80, packed all his private belongings acquired throughout his greater than 5 a long time of Priestly Ministry in Kenya, becoming in simply two small luggage, and began his journey again house in Italy for retirement.”
Fr. Adolf was ordained as a priest in his house Diocese of Bolzano-Brixen, Northern Italy in 1966. He then left his hometown, South Tyrol on the border of Italy and Austria in December 1968 to function a missionary priest in Kenya, East Africa.
He was first posted on the Catholic Diocese of Kisii the place he served for 31 years, from 1969 to 2000 and have become a favorite among the many locals.
On Pentecost Sunday 2001, Fr. Adolf was transferred to the Catholic Diocese of Malindi the place he served for 20 years till his departure.
The priest celebrated his farewell mass at Witu-Kipini Parish within the Central Deanery of Malindi Diocese on (Pentecost) Sunday, Might 23. Fr. Adolf will have fun his 81st birthday in early June 2021.
“Might you by no means miss heaven Padre in Jesus identify. Almighty Father, Might he be with you on the finish of his journey on earth. Keep in mind all his good deeds and forgive all his shortcomings by means of Christ Our Lord Amen,” Rachel Ogbu prayed.
“A superb priest. He’s nonetheless remembered in Kisii Diocese particularly Nyamagwa Parish for his selfless service. Mungu ambariki.,” Stephen Okibo added.
“That is the very Father who assisted me in 1992 throughout tribal clashes when he was at Nyamagwa, Kisii. I want I may meet him earlier than he left for his house,” Gichana Rowlands remembered.
Catholic Justice and Peace Fee, Malindi quoted Luke 9:3-6 as a testomony to his exemplary dedication to instructing, preaching and serving in Kenya.
He instructed them: “Take nothing for the journey—no employees, no bag, no bread, no cash, no further shirt. No matter home you enter, keep there till you allow that city. If folks don’t welcome you, go away their city and shake the mud off your ft as an affidavit in opposition to them.”
In order that they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the excellent news and therapeutic folks all over the place.
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