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My heart ached as I read these articles. They bring back such avid memories. Thank you Cyprian for keeping me in the know.
23 Jan 2021
What a fantastic collection. Many were before my time I was born in 1953 in Eldoret.
5 Jan 2021
Greeetings to Silu........from Kevin Lillis (formerly Impala etc) happy new year and keep on keepin on, great spirit!!!!
4 Jan 2021
Nice article. First time for me to hear about Mr Anthony D’Souza.
11 Dec 2020
I feel honoured to be John Gomes product. My children are envious of my high school life, who would not, with chicken pilau for a whole term.
11 Dec 2020
Way to go dad ...very very proud of your legacy.
15 Nov 2020
Thank you for that comprehensive history. It really educated me.. I went to St Teresa’s school. Do you still have family in Kenya. Keep safe. Great to find you in a search.
11 Nov 2020
I am so very sad to read of Elsie's passing she was a lovely lady and will be sadly missed by her Family & Friends sending much love to Mervyn and The Family Deepest sympathy with Love from Julie Terry Chris Dave Barry Gill & Families (Joyce Hopkins Family C.A.L )
Unknown commented on "Bill Pagano: son of an Italian PoW in Kenya"
8 Nov 2020
The Italian connection. Bill has some interesting stories to tell about Italian prisoners of war and their descendants. I have known some Italian prisoners war that settled in Mombasa. Some were settled in Portreitz are where they lived comfortably. There was an old man (at least when I knew him) he owned a Transport company called over land Transport company with Red Fiat trucks, then there were the Italian engineering fellows who were Fiat cars and trucks agents they lived in Nyali. One was called Bonano and the others Espozito if my old memory serves me right, and then there were the old chaps of mother star Engineering and Muri Salvage Company and Outrigger hotel at Liwatoni. I wonder if any of them still alive today. When I last saw some of them, they were truly old. In my next letter I will tell you how my connections with Italians started.
16 Oct 2020
Good morning. I don't remember very much about Kenya as I left there when I was 4 years old, but my family were there for many years. GB Jhalla (seen in your photos of the cricket teams) is my uncle and I guess you probably also knew my late father. I would be very interested in reading your book when published.
Unknown commented on "Harold George D'Souza Another Star Next Door"
17 Sept 2020
Harold was and is still one of the finest men you would like to meet and associate with. Excellent piece on this gentleman. cheers Norman.
Unknown commented on "(Untitled)"
21 Aug 2020
Now that we mentioned Arabs who were close to Goans in those days when it comes to sports and music let me mention to few memorable moments that i recall. one time i was invited by Franklin Pereira to the old Goan club in Mombasa. He came with his young boy called Jeff. He told me he has partnered with a man called Somji to start a company called ffk. My friendship with franklin was based on common love of history. He was great admirer of Saraphino Antao.
Lorraine Miranda commented on "CRESCENT FERNANDES: perhaps the last of his kind, a Goan icon."
15 Aug 2020
Our deepest condolences to the entire family. May his soul rest in peace.
14 Aug 2020
My deepest condolences to my good friend Christopher and his family, for their loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. xx Marc Allen
4 Aug 2020
Rest in peace Crescent. Condolences to the family. Danny and Pearl Ferrao.
4 Aug 2020
SKIP: You've done an excellent obituary on a giant of a man in Kenya from his sporting ties at the administration level and on the field. There was Crescent selling us his insurance policies when we were still in our teens and it eventually paid off when we were leaving Kenya. Had close ties with him on the field when we represented Caltex, a team that was assembled by the late David Carrasco, without a doubt the best administrator in Kenya. Crescent ran a close second to David and I should know as we worked together for the Kenya Goan Sports Association in organizing field hockey's Gold Cup and Allsopps Cup. The Allsops Cup was the equivalent of the Gold Cup that pitted the best soccer clubs in East Africa. Crescent was part of a dedicated group that included Tom Fernandes and the late John D'Souza. Crescent also played an active role at the Railway Goan Institute in different capacities. We will miss a thorough gentleman. Our condolences go out to Thelma and the family. Norman and Delphine
Alfred Fernandes commented on "CRESCENT FERNANDES: perhaps the last of his kind, a Goan icon."
R.I.P. Crescent. Heartfelt sympathy to Thelma and all the family.
29 Jul 2020
In August 1998 I had the pleasure of meeting President Mkapa in Oslo, Norway. He was here on a state visit and as part of the programme he met with individuals and organisations relevant to Tanzania. I was on the board of the Norway - Tanzania association and was asked to lead a small delegation to present the association and its activities. But what should we give him as a gift to remember the Association and his visit to Norway? For some reason I remember Peter Nazareth's brother John Nazareth once telling me that Mkapa and Peter had studied together at Makerere and that Mkapa was a fan of Elvis Presley. So, I scoured around music shops in Oslo and found a cd album that was special and seldom. (At least that's what the cover said). So, I bought it as our gift to him. At our meeting and after the formal part, I told him that I had a source who told me he liked Elvis Presley and that here is a special cd of the singer! The Tanzanian ambassador and the people around jumped in their chairs and wanted to know how come I had information of such personal character about the President! Luckly, I remained calm and told a curious and wondering president that I know his former university mate who had "leaked" the information. The president kept the cd aside and wanted to know about Peter's whereabouts and doings. I told him what I knew, and his face lit up as he then looked back at the album and kept it close to himself. A moment I will never forget, and from what I could judge he wouldn't either. The Mkapa- Presley moment. Rest in peace Mr President. Rodney Lobo, Oslo, Norway.
27 Jul 2020
Great to read of all this fascinating history of Valu and the Abreu family....I'm the son of Ophelia...now a writer...in UK. I visited Kenya and met quite a few of the clan...and am still in touch with Andrew & Zita...I also did some years work in Tanzania...& so know quite a lot about East Africa. My blog trodza.wordpress.com gives you a peep into some of my writing. I wish the family well and am so proud of the great contribution the family has made to society and to goans abroad. You can contact me on trodza at ymail or trukay at gmail.
15 Jul 2020
I had always wanted to know what happened to Blaise. I enjoyed watching him bowl. Thanks for sharing this write up. Blaise was a great gentleman and very unassuming.
14 Jul 2020
This is an excellent piece,Cyprian.Blaise was and is amazing.
Cleta commented on "ROSALIND MASCARENHAS: Eulogy"
12 Jul 2020
Thank you for all the happy memories,you will always be remembered fondly. I will miss our frequent little chats. From Cleta,Melissa,Sharon,and Robbie.
10 Jul 2020
Thank you so much Joseph, mum will be dearly missed, we know now she is in a better place where she won’t be feeling pain or suffering anymore. Thank you so much for the tribute you have created for mum, and for all to read and share, illustrating her life struggles, to be known and how she carried on to live a full and caring life, ,\which may reassure anyone whom may feel there is no hope when difficulties occur, but know there is hope always, Sincerely, Stanley,
10 Jul 2020
May her soul rest in eternal peace and May her memory be a blessing.
10 Jul 2020
If one day there is a story to be told of heroism, duty, dealing with the cards delt by life's meanderings,- then all those whose lives were touched by this giant of a soul in Rosalind Mascarenhas will be the authors of the chapters that write that book. Farewell Dear Rosalind. Thank you for memories and experiences over so many decades. With love, honour, respect and tribute from the family of Cosmas and Rose D'Souza.
1 Jul 2020
93 not out ! Bravo
24 Jun 2020
The reason for early jazz bands using banjos and never guitars was simply because guitars were not loud enough. But by utilizing brand new recording and amplification techniques.
23 Jun 2020
My father, Filipe Sebastiao De Souza, arrived in Kenya in 1928. Though early, he must have been the 3rd or fourth wave of Goans coming to East Africa. He first worked with Shell Company on the technical side and his work took him to the three East African countries(Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika). He would recount, after a nice tot of whisky to help him along, his adventures in the bush. The roads were murram- if they existed at all. The car wheels had wooden spokes which would sometime break. They carried spare spokes to replace them and continue on their journeys. Sometimes the spokes ran out, and they would then look for suitable pieces of timber in the surrounding forests, which would then be fashioned as replacements. After a few years of having Nairobi as his base, he was transferred to Kampala and he continued with the same job. He finally learnt the craft of Watch-making and repairs and he opened a shop dealing with Roamer watches and repairs. He had the franchise for Roamer watches in the whoe of East Africa and the Sudan. Around 1958 there was the Kabaka Yeka party and other parties which were agitating for Independence. Among the means used was a boycott of the South Asian and European businesses.My father's business was badly hit as most of his customers were Africans and the Baganda. He rallied on for a couple of years but the damage had been done. He closed shop before going into bankruptcy and opened a smaller outfit in the Wandegeya suburb in Kampala.This served to barely sustain the family. In 1961 the whole family moved to Nairobi and was to stay there until 1973 when he retired to Goa where he passed away at the end of that year. Malachy De Souza M.D.
Unknown commented on "(Untitled)"
16 Jun 2020
I am forever greatful to Cyprian for taking us Down memory lane of those sweet old days in Mombasa. Not only Goans but we Arabs too remember The Shiftars.
11 Jun 2020
I remember with great nostalgia passing my early school years at this school, from 1961 to 1966! Surrounded by so many happy schoolkids; both black and brown and every other colour in between. Now I'm 69, but the memories flood back! I also stayed until the end of 1962 at the nearby Goan School Hostel. I remember once Julius Nyerere dropping by at the hostel once as there was a nephew of his - or the son of some relative, or other politician - briefly staying at the hostel. I also recall hearing the independence festivities coming from the big sports stadium based in Cha'ngombe at the time, and this would have been November 1961. Sadly, the hostel had to shut at the end of term in 1962, for possible reasons of being under-used, as the top floor was completely unoccupied, with probably 40 bed spaces. I vaguely remember that we were never more than 25 boys in possibly an 80-bed space hostel. I was also teacher's pet two years in a row, (shock, horror!). when I was made number one pupil by these lady teachers. One of them was Miss Tanna, whom I had a crush on (more shock, horror!). She wore saris to school, was pale skinned, and always came to school smelling beautifully and wearing a long, lustrous thick hair plait, topped over one ear with a ball of jasmine flowers stuck behind one ear..aaaahh, memoires!! I would pay millions to re-live those times. Is there such a thing as a parallel universe, where one re-lives a life over and over?
8 Jun 2020
What an excellent collection.
1 Jun 2020
Well done Walter! All the best!
1 Jun 2020
Going through my files I found a copy of `A FAREWELL CONCERT TO OBOE`. The concert took place at the residence of J.M. Nazareth Q.C. on the 20thJuly 1966 . Taking part were all you named plus Helen De Souza and Euphemia (Sopranos) Brought tears to me because at a very early age Oboe taught me chess.
email@example.com commented on "Walter Fernandes: Out of Africa, unforgettable moments"
1 Jun 2020
I remember Walter and Leandro Saldanha as being the shining hopes for the future of Goan classical music. The quartet mentioned above, consisted of Alberto Rodrigues,recently deceased, the 2nd. violin, Anthony Alvares, elder brother of the much better known jazz trumpeter Auggie Alvares, played lead violinist. Aires Campos played viola and Braz Rodrigues, Alberto's brother played Cello. This group was also joined on various occasions by Walter, Leandro, Louis Pires, (violin), his bro. Gilbert, (Bass) Dominic de Souza (violin) and Ilda Noronha (Anthony, Oboe Noronha's wife.) Little known fact was that the late Alberto Rod. was a very proficient baritone singer who on one occasion won the Rose Bowl and a number of other trophies at the Kenya Music Festival. Those were Happy Times. Thank you, Walter for bringing back those great days.\
31 May 2020
Isabella , Albert was a great Violist . He and Anthony Alvares were good buddies . Very often he with Anthony Alvares (!st violin , Pires (2nd Violin) Albert(Viola) and I forget the fourth , would play in quartets . Sorry to hear he just passed away.
31 May 2020
It is with great sadness I report that my uncle Albert Rodrigues, violinist mentioned in this article, just passed away on 29 March 2020 in Goa.
27 May 2020
This was very interesting, Krishna's son is looking to get in touch with you. Please respond if you are happy to do so!
22 May 2020
Well written! Did not know it was you who wrote this article! Thank you!
18 May 2020
you have just given a history of my childhood parish I have been looking for, for a long time. Thank you.
11 Apr 2020
Dearest Sybil and Navarro Thanks for being there for Nick and me Love Cressy
27 Mar 2020
Both Pio and Fitz were pioneers in the struggle for Kenya’s independence. Both had strong feelings for the freedom of Goa as well. I wonder what their views on the current state of affairs in Goa and Kenya would be. The total breakdown in a strong and stable Government free of bribery and corruption which has transpired after Liberation and Independence must have dulled their spirits especially Fitz who being an officer of the court as well as Deputy Speaker of the Parliament.
12 Mar 2020
How about a visit to the Dr Ribeiro Parklands School after the Memorial Mass at St Francis Xavier Church, Parklands. Dr Malachy De Souza M.D.
4 Feb 2020
Rose has quite a rich background in the professional and sports fields. My sympathies to her and the rest of the family over the loss of her mother Annie De Sa on 29 January. Malachy De Souza M.D.
2 Feb 2020
I appreciate the write-up of Prof. Abdul Aziz Lodhi, who made me see clearly some insights on the Goan Community in Goa. I was aware of Goan Hindus and Goan Muslims - the former I surmised from the mosques I saw in Panjim in a trip to the motherland in 1975; I did not know there were Goan Muslims in Zanzibar, and I have yet to meet a Goan Muslim. It is nice to see that all branches of the Goan Community live side by side and I hope this trend continues. Marriage between the various communities and religions will help their integration. Dr Malachy De Souza M.D.
22 Jan 2020
Jack was truly a gentleman and a sportsman and was one of my role models although we had never met. Dr Malachy De Souza M.D.
20 Jan 2020
I attended Dr Manu's funeral Mass at St Austin's Church, Nairobi, and was pleasantly surprised to see so many people of all races and religions among the congregation. Manu will be remembered by many patients, especially those seen by his Ear Foundation; I accompanied Manu and Clara to some of the Ear Camps and it was an enriching experience to see the devotion of the couple. Malachy De Souza M.D.
17 Jan 2020
Appreciate the thoughts, albeit it belatedly
24 Dec 2019
Today I thought of Mr.Tony Almeida and I googled him and I found him here. I am sorry to hear about his passing away.May his soul rest in peace. We were neighbours in Dar es Salaam In Acacia Avenue .He was living with his family there .My father( ex P.S.Karadia) had our house in Changombe planned by him. My father was very proud of tfact that he was an Architect and that he drew the plans for our house. He was also the architect of my School 'D.A.Girls Secondary School'. I will always remember him a very handsome smiling but at times serious young man.He was 25 years my senior. Hansa Patel (Presently in London,UK. Born in Dar es Salaam)
23 Dec 2019
A great expose of the Goan History in Eastern Africa. A tribute to our sense of adventure and commitment.
22 Dec 2019
Narendra Modi has become so emboldened by his party’s success in the recent election that he thinks that he is a King or Rajah. His sole effort now is to convert India from a secular state to a Hindu State and disenfranchise those of every other religion in the process. This is not the first time he has acted in this fashion. When he was Chief Minister of Gujarat, he turned a blind eye and a deaf ear when EXTREMIST Hindus targeted Christians, desecrating Churches and harassing Christian Minority in Gujarat and even forcing converts to Christianity to renounce their faith and revert to Hinduism. He himself is an extremist and believes in the Hindutav doctrine. I wish all fair minded Indians join the protests and ensure that this absurd citizenship Law is abolished forthwith. India should remain a secular state and ALL Indians of whatever Religion or no religion at all can live in harmony in their own country and not be subject to the whims of people such as Modi. What a tragedy this is. I support wholeheartedly the protests against this unfair and unjust law.
25 Nov 2019
DOREEN FIGUEIREDO Growing up in Nairobi, the Figueiredo family knew the D'Cruz family very well.The previous comments show what a wonderful couple both Clara and Manu were. On behalf of the Sisters of Mercy and the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Nairobi I would like to acknowledge the support and work Manu gave in his own way and on behalf of the Rotarians in Nairobi to the Mater and our outlying missions. May he rest in peace.
8 Nov 2019
Dearest Sybil and Novarro, Thank you for letting me know! Warmest regards. K.
8 Nov 2019
Nicky, it was an immense pleasure and a great honour having known you for a couple of years before Idi Amin drove a wedge between us. You always watched over all of us, and there is no doubt you will continue doing the same from your ringside seat in Heaven, while enjoying the company of the Lord and as we wait to join you as per His plan. I wish your family the strength and courage to bear your temporary loss. Your fond memories will keep us all going. Affectionately, Kuldeep Nayer.
29 Oct 2019
Bwana Cypy! Asante sana! There are more of my true stories if you wish to read and enjoy!
Kersi Rustomji commented on "Muriel Thampy, a celebration of a much loved teacher and mother"
2 Oct 2019
While not my class teacher, Mural was a teacher at the Catholic Parochial and St Teacher. She was a dear friend. As I can’t attend from down under, I would be most grateful if my brief message is read at the gathering. Jambo all the CPS and St. Teresa lads and ladies. 60 odds years have passed, am 82 now, and I recall Muriel, her kids, especially Ashok and her brother Sydney Lewis. Unfortunately, I was not in her class but we saw her at school and held her in high respect and regards. Muriel was an amazingly brave and a gutsy lady, who raised a family of wonderful children, all by herself, with great devotion to them as well to life, casting aside the biases and communal barbs that our women were often were subjected to, which she often shared with me, during a few meals at her Ngara flat. Muriel showed them all they had someone tough to contend with, and Muriel a super Mum put them all to silence. Among you all gathered here, I still recall most of the names from CPS and St. Teresa, to mention here her other charges, all her students. Mural taught us all by her life example, that no matter what adversity besets us, we can overcome it all, if we put our shoulder to it. Dear Muriel, thank you for being a part of my like. May you now continue to have eternal peace. To you all, too many to mention by names which I still recall, at 82 years,jambo from Australia. I pray that the Lord blesses you all with love , happiness and joy in your lives. Kwaheri, dear friends of old and new. Kersi Rustomji.
2 Oct 2019
The article is very interesting, but I think I have missed something. I still can \not understand why were the Goans departed? Maybe I should find more information about that.
1 Oct 2019
Mrs Thampy was my neighbour in Ngara. I used to go to her home for Tuition. I still keep in touch with her family. God Bless them all! Roy Pacheco
23 Sept 2019
Warm family atmosphere was caught in these photos, it is always pleasing to see people happy. I think everyone has a special family album to treasure such moments.
19 Sept 2019
Hi Cyprian, I was born bred and brought up in Kitale in the Rift Valley Province. My father moved there from Kisumu in 1950 as a young man. He was warmly received by a Goan family of tailors called Mr Diaz. He had two sons Gilbert Diaz and Edmund Diaz and one sister Philomena Diaz.They taught him how to stitch suits a profession he picked up and used all his life. We somehow owe our existence and establishment to the Diaz family. I would wish to get in touch with any member of the Diaz family Ex-Kitale in Kenya.
9 Sept 2019
Will try my best!
9 Sept 2019
The identity of each person does not depend on his homeland or loved ones, since only he decides who he is and what is most important to him.
9 Sept 2019
This friendship story is incredibly amazing because you have passed incredibly many tests together and were able to maintain respect and understanding between you.
9 Sept 2019
Such strong stories should be known to the largest number of people so that everyone can appreciate what they have and take care of it even more.
5 Sept 2019
Thank you for sharing this.
5 Sept 2019
This is a nice reminder! Keep up sharing the news! Will be waiting for your new article! Hope it will be interesting and appealing!
5 Sept 2019
Such a beautiful account of your relationship with your dear mother. Brought me to tears! Stay strong. We are praying that you do well. Diana, Deb and family.
14 Aug 2019
Jambo Mheshimiwa Mutukufu Cyprian! Asanteni for the Great & Generous accolades to all our Coastal Sports Personalities – as we always portrayed the Coast to Coast Bond – and indefinitely Respect – Reflect – Reminisce our fallen Heroes!
14 Aug 2019
So nice to see a young uncle Aloysious featured here. Uncle Aloysious was keen and dedicated to the community. The fact that he was one of the few that were there from the inception of the GOA Toronto does not surprise me. He persevered for the community and in the charitable branch with great humility and dedication, never seeking any accolades for his contributions. As his niece he has been one of my inspirations. Kudos to all these six gentlemen for starting something that has generated pride for our community socially, in sports and in contributions to this beautiful land we call home. As a young girl I remember attending every dance with my family, participating in Canadian multicultural events like Harbour Front and Toronto’s Caravan. As a teenager In my new Canadian home I found grounding and a connection to my roots. Congratulations to the GOA Toronto as they celebrate 50 years, and all the individuals that have had a part in it.
14 Aug 2019
Thanks for the detailed information about Avtar &Alu. I was a close friend of the Mendonca family besides being their doctor. We would visit often & I would look forward to the Goan specialties they would serve at their table. Dr Malachy De Souza
23 Jul 2019
Maureen and Eugene were good customers to Ferrao Auto Repair as well as became good friends to Danny and myself. Our condolences to Karl and family, Gavin and family. It's a great loss to lots of us. Rest In Peace friends.
29 Jun 2019
Hi Cyprian. I was filled with joy at the various towns and sites you visited. Although I spent six years in Europe at Medical School in Italy, I was not able to see as many monuments as you may have seen within so short a period. I did visit a number of towns in Italy and saw ancient monuments; I regret not having been able to visit Venice and Florence. On Avignon, I would like to add that the Popes fled Rome to establish their Sees there. This was as a result of wards between the Papal States and the secular arm of the non-Papal States. St Catherine of Siena, that saint with a "sharp tongue," was instrumental in convincing the Pope to return to Rome and recover the See of Peter. Best wishes, Dr Malachy De Souza.
16 Jun 2019
Hi Skip - Wonderful Pictures & Commentary – Following
Fiona commented on "The Clan System in the Goan Village"
13 Jun 2019
Hi John, around 5 yaers ago, i managed to link to Richard de Souza who informed me that my father was linked to Vangod 3 - do you have any ancestry data for that clan please. Thank you
28 Apr 2019
I am sad to hear about the passing away of Mr. Anthony Almeida, a very well known, talented architect who made an enormous contribution to the profession. I am myself an architect from Dar-es-Salaam, and have met Mr. Almeida on several occasions in Dar. Every time, I learnt something new and interesting about him as a practising architect, his in-depth knowledge of history and design and construction in general. The fraternity of professionals and associates will miss him tremendously. We are very proud of the legacy that Mr. Almeida has left behind both locally and internationally. May God bless his soul. Praful Soni
Susan Rodrigues commented on "Ferdie Rodrigues: excerpts from a book in progress"
25 Apr 2019
The first excerpt is my interpretation of a photo: A meeting with dad and others with Amin.
7 Mar 2019
How wonderful to come across your wonderful story about 'The Shiftars' Cecilia Mascarenhas. I am Dave Whitehead, the drummer with Conny Kit and The Pirates in Mombasa at the time and latterly with 'The Bushmen' in Italy. Would also like to give my special thanks to Cyprian Fernandes for publishing your story here in this blog. Thank you Cyprian, and should you wish to contact me, I am on the same continent as you, but unfortunately a little bit too far away from you up here in Queensland. Oh how I miss those awesome time we had in Mombasa in the 50's and 60's.
27 Feb 2019
Thank you! Wish you a little light ... for your mum. Cyprian
27 Feb 2019
This is very useful, as my mum (97) has dementia. Thank you for sharing.
Cyprian Fernandes replied to a comment on "Nairobi: breathing new life into memories of Eastleigh/town schools"
10 Aug 2015
There is a web page but no FB page, have a word with Greg.
10 Aug 2015
Mervyn Maciel my 'rafiki and revered 'wazee' zipped this to me , Enjoyed the blog posting and pix. Even clocked pics of my rellies Denzil De Moraes and daughter etc. Did not recognize any other faces yet ( though admittedly many a bit ahead of my time there ) but nonetheless a great effort and well done Asante sana indeed (Sadly I was not able to be there despite living in London) I will message Greg separately PS: I's be keen to set up a dedicated FB page if there isn't one already . Your thoughts would be appreciated.
8 Dec 2014
The sincerest of thanks.
8 Dec 2014
Editorial in CATHOLIC MIRROR (Nairobi, Kenya), March, 1968 .Page Four. GOAN CATHOLICS The spotlight in recent weeks, has been turned full on the exodus of many Asians from Kenya. Among those who have departed are a number of Goan families from Nairobi and other centres in the country. Their departure must necessarily remind us of the extraordinary contributions the Goans of Kenya have made to the Catholic Church and Catholic life in this country. They came here bringing with them a tradition of Catholic worship and family life, which stretched back more than four centuries to the great apostle of their homeland, St Francis Xavier. In their own country – an area surrounded by non-Christian communities – they had developed that Christian tradition. It centred on a great devotion to the central act of worship of the Church, the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Blessed Eucharist. It found strength in their love of Mary, the Mother of God, and St. Francis Xavier. The older generation passed on their faith to those who followed them and many a missionary in Kenya in the last hundred years has had reason to thank God for the example of Catholic life of this people. Their loyalty to their faith and their unhesitating generosity in the material support of the Church and its spread to others are too well known to need emphasis. One need but mention a few of the monuments to this generosity – the Holy Family Cathedral in Nairobi, St.Francis Xavier’s Church, the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools and the Church at Eastleigh. They were generous to a fault when it came to giving to God, whether that giving involved the sacrifice of their time and comfort in working for such societies as that of St. Vincent de Paul or the Legion of Mary, or delving into their resources to build churches where God would be worshipped or schools where their children would receive a true Christian education. It is only natural then that the Catholic community, comprising people of every race, should regret the necessity that makes many of these fellow-Catholics leave us in Kenya. The Church will be poorer, spiritually and materially, for their going; but the countries to which they go will be the richer for their coming. Those who remain will, we know, continue the tradition of loyalty to their faith of the Goans. Those who are leaving will carry with them the thanks of their fellow-Catholics and missionaries and the prayerful wish that all will go well for them in their new homes. To all, whether they go or stay, might be applied the words of Pope Pius XI regarding another small catholic race, the Irish, whom persecution and economic necessity compelled to leave their homeland, a hundred years ago: “Like God’s pure air, they are everywhere; and everywhere they are doing good.”