Three Brothers of the Lyke Community to Profess Vows
by Fr. Francis Kamau, FMH
On Friday, June 1, Brothers Paul Mutisya, Moses Mabele and Geoffrey Muga will have their Solemn Profession of Vows as Franciscan Missionaries of Hope at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Shreveport at 5:00 p.m. The following day, Saturday, June 2, Brother Geoffrey Muga will be ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop Michael G. Duca at St. Mary of the Pines Church in Shreveport at 10:00 a.m.
The Lyke Community is a Catholic congregation of priests and brothers inspired by the Holy Spirit to live together and observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ following the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi in witnessing to the life of poverty, chastity and obedience while committing to the mission and ministry of hope to God’s people.
The Lyke Community began in Nairobi, Kenya in September 1993 by young men who had undergone their initial formation in the Order of Friars Minor: Fr. Francis Kamau (who currently serves as pastor of St. Mary of the Pines Church in Shreveport), Fr. John Basiimwa, Fr. Nicholas Onyach and Fr. Jogues Abenawe. Fr. Andre McGrath, OFM, at that time the Rector of Tangaza College in Nairobi, played a major role in the community’s foundation and is considered a co-founder and sponsor of the congregation. Fr. Andre now serves as pastor of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Shreveport.
Since their foundation, the religious brothers have called themselves “The Lyke Community” in honor of the the late Archbishop James Patterson Lyke, the Archbishop of Atlanta, because he had visited the brothers and encouraged them before their foundation.
Brother Moses Mabele is a native of Kenya and currently finishing his theological studies at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.
Brother Paul Mutisya is a native of Kenya and in his second year of theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.
Brother Geoffrey Muga is a native of Kenya and currently finishing his Masters of Divinity at Washington Theological Union in Washington D.C.
Please join these men on June 1 and 2 as they continue down the paths of their religious vocations.