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