Fr. Fachtna O’Driscoll, SMA Superior General, sympathises with Mill Hill Missionaries following murder of Kenyan priest in Cameroon

I personally counted 21 Bullet holes made on the Church building of Kembong where at the time, the priest, the Catechist and many Christians were carrying out various activities in the Mission compound. The blood of the murdered priest was still clearly seen on the cemented entrance to the Church just at the door. He died right in the house of God and it is our prayer that the God whom he served so well will welcome him into his eternal kingdom.
– Bishop Andrew Nkea, bishop of Mamfe

The Superior General of the Society of African Missions, Fr. Fachtna O’Driscoll SMA, has sent the following message of prayerful solidarity to the Mill Hill Missionaries following the brutal murder of a Mill Hill Missionary priest in Cameroon:

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Fr. Fachtna O’Driscoll SMA

“On my own behalf and that of the entire family of SMA, I write to offer you and the entire family of Mill Hill my very sincere sympathy on the brutal killing of Fr Cosmas Ondari in Cameroon. I heard of this terrible tragedy on my return last night from the USG meeting. May his soul rest in peace. Please God, his death will bring about the end of the hostilities in that country.”

St. Joseph’s Missionary Society – the Mill Hill Missionaries – have posted on their website a strong statement by Bishop Andrew Nkea, bishop of Mamfe, condemning Fr. Ondari’s murder which you can access by clicking here. 

In his statement Bishop Nkea writes:

Kembong Parish Church where Fr. Cosmas was gunned down

Eye Witness accounts say that he was killed by Government Soldiers (Gendarmarie Nationale), who were shooting at random from their passing vehicle…

… I visited Kembong Parish on Thursday the 22nd of November, 2018, and I personally counted 21 Bullet holes made on the Church building of Kembong where at the time, the priest, the Catechist and many Christians were carrying out various activities in the Mission compound. The blood of the murdered priest was still clearly seen on the cemented entrance to the Church just at the door. He died right in the house of God and it is our prayer that the God whom he served so well will welcome him into his eternal kingdom.

Fr. Michael McCabe SMA, Irish Provincial, also sends the sympathy and prayers of the Irish Province to all Mill Hill Missionaries during this sad and tragic time. With Fr. O’Driscoll and Bishop Nkea, Fr. McCabe asks that we remember the family and confreres of the late Fr. Cosmas Ondari in our prayers. We pray especially that Fr. Ondari, who is now with the God of Love and Compassion whom he served with immense dedication, will help all working for peace and reconciliation in Cameroon to be victorious. 

The East African on-line news agency posted a report on the murder of Fr. Cosmas on 23 November 2018 which can be accessed by clicking here.