May 18; Students, staff and friends of the Campus gathered together at the campus tent to thank God for the gift of CUEA to humanity and humanity to CUEA, to praise God’s name for his marvelous deeds and to pray for CUEA to succeed in its vision and mission.
The prayers began with ecumenical praises and concluded with the Holy mass celebrated by Fr. Fredric Mvumbi, Fr. George Omondi and Fr. Dagobert Kabendera. Since some of the students and staff are not Catholics, they opted for a method that could embrace all. Every person of goodwill was given an opportunity to pray and to praise.
Some of the students and staff are pastors; they played an important role in the whole celebration. The choir, comprising both students and staff- under the leadership of the Chaplain, organized beautiful songs of praises, meditations, thanksgivings and petitions. Thus, the time between 9:30 and 11:30, was consecrated to ecumenical praises, prayers, scriptures readings and meditations. Students and staff, came in large numbers and actively participated in the event.
The holy mass began at 12:00 and many evening students joined the community since the Head of academic programs had personally communicated to them what the management had planned. It was a lively and long mass because the community decided to include petitions in different forms. The homily put great emphasis on (1) seeking first the kingdom of God in all that we do, (2) being opened to God’s wisdom, (3) avoiding all kinds of discriminations, and (3) managing our duties and responsibilities for there is no excuse for the pursuit of excellence.
After mass, the community of the faithful shared a wonderful meal that symbolically made us strong and ready to be sent and serve CUEA according to the will of God. Then, at 2.00pm the Full-time staff gathered in the Conference room for the VC’s Program.