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Tanzania. E. Africa.
Greetings and best wishes to you and to all good friends and neighbours in and
around Laurencetown. It has been a long time since I wrote to you last.
[September 1990, see extract from 1990 newsletter overleaf.] If the memory is
still functioning well the last time was while I was still in Nigeria. Then
again I didn't want to be overburdening you with the many problems and
difficulties we experience & encounter in the course of our work here in Africa.
In truth it can be said that I only remember you when such problems become
overpowering and I'm forced to admit, in all humility, that we need all the help
we can be offered if we are to be fruitful in some shape & form. It is because
of this that I have decided to write you this letter, while at the same time
remembering your kind words of encouragement when we meet during my trips home
Many times I have informed you of the situation here in our parish of Mwandoya &
in Tanzania as a whole, & also being aware of your own awareness of the entire
situation of much of Africa, so, therefore, I believe that I have no reason to
exhaust you with the details of the situations we encounter here on a daily
In the parish I have 30 villages with a population of over 100,000. With the
limited resources at hand I try to offer the people some of the services that
will enhance their lives in some way. However, it's like chipping away at an
iceberg. Since it is the Lord's work I continue to hope that one day things will
As the workload is getting bigger our Society (SMA Fathers) have decided to give
me another priest, a native of Ivory Coast, W. Africa. He is hoping to join me
here in Oct of this year. As the Mission House is very small we decided to
extend it by building three rooms. Already the building has reached roofing
level which we are now completing. To complete the work and amenities we need
help in the area of €3,000. With this letter I'm appealing to you, to my friends
and : ,;, neighbours in and around Laurencetown to come to our aid in some way.
While appealing for aid through this letter, I'm deeply aware of the kindness
and generosity which the people of Laurencetown have shown me down through the
years. I have tried to express this but no words are adequate enough to convey
my true gratitude. Only God, out of His love and kindness, can do that.
My sister Patricia & brother-in-law Tommy Clarke came to visit me last year.
What they saw & experienced, I believe, will remain deep in their memory &
especially in their hearts. Back home they have tried to help us here personally
& by appealing to their friends, neighbours & co-workers. As we all know it is
impossible to say when the problems of Africa will become less & more so their
effects become less severe on the people. At the same time we continue to search
for ways to ease some of the burdens but we cannot do it alone.
So it is with this letter I beg & implore you to come to our aid here in the
parish of Mwandoya. May God continue to fill your hearts with the spirit of
generosity, fellowship & compassion for all his people.
Your friend & brother in Christ,
Paddy Kelly SMA.
Item from the Lawrencetown parish newsletter of September 16th 1990:
Fr. Paddy Kelly S.M.A. has sent a letter telling of his work in his new
parish in Nigeria. ... He finds it very difficult. His major problem is his mode
of transport. He says that the vehicle which he is now using is a daily source
of mechanical breakdown and is becoming totally unfit for repairs. He says that
there is a vehicle on offer for approximately IR£4000 which would go a long way
to assist his work and which is of sound condition. He realizes that this is an
enormous sum. He feels embarrassed to he asking for more help in the light of
the generosity which he experienced in the past from the people of the parish
and surrounding districts, but he is obviously very frustrated and is fearful
that his new project will fail. He says that he needs a reply one way or the
other by the end of September.
If you would like to help Fr Paddy, you can give your donation to me or to any
member of the parish council. As it is unlikely that we can raise the full
amount quickly by direct donations, would it he possible for some people in the
parish to give interest-free loans so that the £4000 can he sent to Fr Paddy
immediately? These loans would he repayable in full on demand or in any case
within two years. The parish council will set up a committee to organise
fund-raising to repay the loans. If you wish to contribute to the loan fund you
can do so to me or to any member of the parish council. I have asked the members
of the parish council to meet with me after 8.00 p.m. Mass on next Tuesday
Our thanks to the GAA and the committee of the Kiltormer Social Centre for
offering the proceeds of the dance there next Friday night (September 21st) for
Fr Paddy. Music is by Declan Nerney. Please support this dance and encourage all
your friends to go.
In December 2003 the Lawrencetown Community Enterprise Company opened an account
(No. 65508462) at the Bank of Ireland, Ballinasloe (branch code: 90-36-80) for
people who wished to support Fr. Paddy's work, either by making occasional
lodgements or by standing order. If you would like to help Fr. Paddy in his
moment of extreme need, please make your donation to this account or give it to
me or to any member of the Pastoral Council.