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Saturday, October 22, 2016
Father Martin Addai: reports and tributes
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¬†Following the news of the death of Fr Martin Addai, the missionary killed by robbers in Kenya on Saturday, we have received the following reports and tributes. Fr Gťrard Chabanon, Superior General of the Missionaries of Africa issued the following statement: We have just learned of the brutal death of one of our confreres, Martin Addai, Ghanaian, 46 years of age. He was Rector of our Theology Seminary in Nairobi. On Saturday afternoon, he was going to visit friends when very close to the seminary, he was held up by robbers who shot him. It seems he died on the spot. His body was then thrown onto the side of the road and the assailants escaped with the vehicle, which was recovered last night. Martin Addai was born in Adamsi, Diocese of Kumasi in Ghana on 12 November 1960. He spent his Spiritual Year in Kasama in Zambia in 1984. He took his Missionary Oath in Totteridge north London, on 8 December 1989. He was ordained priest in Kumasi in Ghana on 21 July 1990 and was active in parish work in Chimoio Diocese, Mozambique. From 1993-1996 he studied for a licentiate in Moral Theology in Rome, then did a year of spirituality in Canada. Back in Mozambique, he lectured at Maputo Major Seminary. Then he became Rector of the Philosophicum at Ejisu, Ghana, till 2004. He was an elected member of the 2004 Chapter before leaving for Nairobi. Bishop George Stack, an Auxiliary Bishop from Westminster Diocese writes: I am shocked and saddened at the news of the death of this outstanding priest. I have recently been in correspondence with him about the possibility of him coming to work in the Diocese over the summer period, during his vacation from the Theology Institute in Nairobi where he has been teaching. He was looking forward to coming once more to London and renewing contact with the many people he had come to know over the years. Martin worked with me both as a student and as a Deacon at Kentish Town in the mid 1980's. At that time he was studying at the Mill Hill Missionary Institute and was part of a very happy relationship the parish had with what were then known as the White Fathers, now the Missionaries of Africa. Martin was ordained Deacon at Our Lady Help of Christians on 8 December 1989. He had written to remind me of this when he marked his 17th anniversary of Diaconate. He was a gentle and warm person, always with a ready smile and an understanding ear. After missionary work in Mozambique he then continued his studies and latterly was appointed as lecturer in Moral Theology at the formation house in Nairobi. His death is a tremendous loss to his own family in Ghana, to his Missionary Congregation and to the Church at large. May he rest in peace. Father Robert Kaggwa, chaplain at Roehampton University told ICN: "I knew Martin in Rome for one year. He came to study moral theology as I was finishing my doctorate in 1995. I then left and we did not see each other again. I found him a very cheerful and lovely person. I know he was from the South of Ghana - a place where the Missionaries of Africa were not traditionally working (they mainly work in the North). He did his novitiate in Zambia followed by two years of pastoral experience in Malawi after which he studied theology at the Missionary Institute London. He was ordained in the late 80s. He then worked several years in Mozambique followed by two years of study in Rome and a year in Canada. He went back to teach at a Major Seminary in Mozambique and he was later in charge of the Missionaries of Africa Philosophy seminary in Ghana. He was then appointed Rector of the International formation house of the Missionaries of Africa in Nairobi and lecturer at the Catholic University of East Africa in 2005. "Martin was really a very spiritual person, very friendly, a good theologian and very down to earth. He was appreciated by all who met him and his death is really a tragic loss."
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