This week we bring you the last in the series of Sunday Liturgies to celebrate October the month of Mission, on this occasion led by Fr Anthony Kelly SMA.
FR Anthony comes from Ballinalsoe Co Galway was ordained for the Society of African Missions in June 1977 and together with two classmates went to Ghana on his first Missionary appointment in October of that year. He worked in Pastoral work in the Diocese of Sunyani in the Brongh- Ahaffo region of Ghana for 13 years. In 1990 he returned to Ireland and was based in S.M.A. house Dromantine until November 1999 where he served as vocation director for the Irish province. Each summer he directed the SMA holiday camp which catered for the children of our sponsors. In 1998 he established the Friends of Africa, a youth group who did advocacy work for Africa and sent young people for missionary experience to Africa.
In 2000 Anthony took up an invitation to go to Zambia where he worked in Youth ministry as
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chaplain to two Teacher training Colleges in Kitwe in the Copperbelt region until 2006. In January 2006 he became Regional Leader and served the S.M.A in Zambia as leader until December 2013.
After a short Sabbatical Anthony was asked to go to the S.M.A. house of Formation Nairobi Kenya where he served for 5 years until his election on to the leadership team of the Irish province in July 2019. Fr Anthony currently serves the Irish province as Councillor where he is responsible for Justice, Communication, engagement with Laity and other portfolios.