St Boniface and our Sister Parish St. Mark's Parish in Turkana, Kenya
The Oratory Church of St. Boniface has since the early 2000s had a sister parish relationship with St. Mark’s parish in Lokitaung, Turkana, where we support it financially. Turkana is a drought ravaged region which is the poorest and least developed in Kenya with 88% of the population living in poverty and only about half the primary school age children enrolled in school. The Catholic church has had a crucial and growing presence in Turkana over the past six decades. The Turkana is a proud people living in close relationship with nature, a life more imperiled and closer to the one lived by the people of the old testament. The Turkana are sought after for security work and known for their music. Through our sister parish relationship, we aim to nurture a bond of love, expand our understanding of the universal church, learn more about each other, help and pray for each other, and grow our own faith in the process. It is part of our Oratory life. We celebrate each other's saints' feast days, and this Sunday, April 25, is the Feast of Mark the Evangelist.
The Lord's Prayer in the Turkana Language:
Apa kosi lo iyei nakuj, kipuroi ekiro kon, akonipolou bu, na icamit iyong tosubae a nakwap kona esubenere a nakuj. Nakinae akwaar na akimuj kosi na a ngirwa ka daang; torimakinae ngasecesea kosi kona kirimakinea sua lu kisecanakinete; nyikirik sua nakininget, nakaneni toiunae sua a ni aronon. Amin.