Vincentian Regional House Nairobi
|Patron||St. Vincent De Paul|
|Address||Vincentian Fathers, P.O. Box 25158, 00603, Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa.|
|Email $ Web||www.vphnairobi.org ;|
01. Fr. Kattattu John - Director VPH
02. Fr. Mattappillil Jacob - Rector & Administrator and Associate Director VPH
03. Fr. Pattath Joseph - Regional Superior & Superior V.H.
01. Vincentian Prayer House (2001)
02. Sacred Heart Regional House (2006)
03. Vincentian Study House (2007)
HISTORY AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
In 1996 a Popular Mission was arranged in Guadalupe Parish in Nairobi, Kenya. Late Cardinal Moris Ottunga, the then Archbishop of Nairobi personally attended it and was very much impressed. He welcomed Fr. Joseph Kuruppamparambil to Kenya to spread his ministry. The great renewal experienced by the Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Njery, Kenya by the retreats of Fr. Kuruppamparambil prompted the Superior General of that Congregation to donate one of their houses in Lenana Road, Nairobi to the Vincentian Congregation to continue the Mission. Staying there Fr. Kuruppamparambil began to go far and wide to preach retreats. In 2000, Fr. Paul Parekkattil came to help Fr. Kuruppamparambil. Vincentian Prayer House was established in 2001 in the house donated by the sisters with Fr. Paul Parekkattil as its first superior. But contrary to our expectation this centre had to be returned. Then the house was shifted to Lavington, a property that we purchased in 2002. The project to construct a prayer centre here was funded by the family of Glen and Kielty, from Ireland. The new building was blessed by His Grace Ndingi Mwana Nzeki, the former Archbishop of Nairobi on 8th June, 2007. Very Rev. Fr. Varghese Puthussery, the former Superior General inaugurated the residential block and retreat hall.
When the residential block in Lavington, Naiarobi was complete, the superiors decided to use it as a Theology Study House for our students and it was opened 10th August 2007. Our brothers were doing their Theology at Tangaza College staying at Bakanja Study House since 2001 till 2007. Having a study house of our own was an ideal thing that our seminarians could have their formation from our own priests. So far twelve of them have already become priests. In 2010 we started sending the students for theology studies to Hekima College as it is near our Study House. Our brothers are actively involved in the ministries attached to the house and on Sundays go for Pastoral Ministry. Besides, during Mid-term break and long vacation they conduct Jesus Mission Retreats in Schools and Parishes.