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Happy Feast of St. Clare of Assisi!

St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Mukumari, Diocese of Kole, Democratic Republic of the Congo

When I was in the Congo, this was my parish - Saint Clare of Assisi in Mukumary!  They have recently painting the exterior.  My pictures below are from my trip back in March of 2014.

These children spent a few days moving bricks and dirt to
ready everything for the installation of the concrete floor.

The brick laying / floor prepping master!

St. Clare full of people for Mass on Sunday!

The parish as you come down the hill (before the new paint job)!

The altar

The Divine Mercy Grotto (future)

Beautiful Architecture!

My first experience in the parish - where I stood on a table
so they could give me a proper welcome!
This parish is unconventional according to US standards.  The center of the parish is in Mukumary and goes in three directions for approximately 80km in each direction.  There are 32 mission stations for this parish that concerns 32,000 people in 33 villages.  Father Emmanuel and his assistant, Father Charles, do their best to carry the Good News to the people of their parish.

Experience the entrance hymn during the Sunday Mass I attended while in the Congo! (if you're reading in a reader, click over to see the video)

Happy Feast Day, St. Clare of Assisi Parish!  May you be blessed abundantly throughout this coming year!


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