MAXIMILIAN M. KOLBE FRIARY – RUIRI
Ruiri Catholic Mission is situated in the Eastern part of Kenya, near Meru town, within the Catholic Diocese of Meru. To reach the Ruiri, you have to travel a distance of 250 kilometers from Nairobi, the capital city, to Meru town and 14 kilometers more to the Mission. After the invitation of Friars Minor Conventual from Poland to Kenya in 1984 by Rt. Rev. Bp Silas Njiru of the Catholic Diocese of Meru (now bishop emeritus), the Friars have been carrying out and serving the people in various apostolates, projects and activities since 1985 when they when the Mission was handed over to them. The first Conventual Franciscan Friars to come to Kenya were: fr. Dominik Wasilewski, fr. Jan Lempicki and fr. Rajmund Marszalkowski, all from Poland.
In the Mission itself, there is a Parish, Friary, Retreat House, Postulancy House, Dispensary and Sisters’ Convent.
The Parish comprises of 16 outstations (Prayer Houses) and the parishoners are about 12,000.
Retreat House was built in the years between 1991 – 1994 and Rt. Rev. Bp Silas Njiru officially opened it in 1995. It offers a spiritual renewal for those within the Mission, the diocese and beyond. These include religious congregations both male and female, diocesan priests, seminarians, various lay groups and individuals. The retreats are preached as well as directed.
The Postulancy House in Ruiri marks the beginning of the Franciscan Formation journey for the candidates who want to join our way of life as religious brothers or priests. The candidates are introduced to the Conventual Franciscan charism through religious formation which touch on development of mature personality, deepening of spiritual and moral life and embracing community life, poverty, chastity and obedience. The house is for first year candidates from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
The dispensary was built between 1988 – 1990 and since its completion has been a blessing to the community around. It attends approximately 3000 cases a year with the common diseases being typhoid, malaria, and amoebiasis. It also has a maternity ward which reduces mortality rate of children by providing safe child-birth. Currently, the dispensary is run by the Felician Sisters.
Conventual Franciscan Friars
P.O. Box 472
60200 MERU, Kenya
Retreat House :E-mail: email@example.com
Postulancy House: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org