Returning Missionaries: ‘Disenfranchised Grief’

Returning Missionaries: ‘Disenfranchised Grief’

One of the workshop participants is a Christian Brother named Greg Kennedy. He spent 54 years working in Africa – Zimbabwe and South Africa – and is back in Ireland less than a year.

“My main challenge was that I didn’t know anybody in Ireland any more: I’m talking about my own congregation here,” he says.

Kennedy left Ireland soon after ordination; as he never worked in this country, he was coming back to a community he had to start all over again with.

In common with many former missionaries I talk to, Kennedy points out that nobody, not even in his own community, has displayed any curiosity about the work he spent a lifetime doing.

Source: Irish Times

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