Through seminars, exhibitions, cocktails, sports tournaments and talent shows, Strathmore University students and staff engaged in a weeklong celebration of its founder St. Josemaria Escriva, under the theme; Don’t Let Your Life be Barren, Be Useful. The first of its kind event took place from 23rd September – 3rd October, 2016.
St. Josemaria, founder of Opus Dei, inspired a group of professionals to start a university in East Africa, which seeks to spread the message that work, study, sports, family life, and other ordinary activities are occasions of spiritual union through Jesus Christ. The initiative, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church erected by Pope St. John Paul II on 28th November 1982, inspired and focused on university education.
During the staff seminars and cocktails, Prof. David Sperling – one of the professionals sent by St. Josemaria, described the journey of starting the university from an accounting college in 1961.
Students were delighted to meet Dr. Olga Marlin, another professional who was sent by St. Josemaria and was particularly keen on starting Kianda College. Both professionals described their lessons borrowed from St. Josemaria’s teaching that encouraged them to push through while in Kenya.
Students also undertook in activities such as football tournaments and talent shows, which encouraged bonding and spiritual unity, as inspired by the Founder.
The launch of The Way (Kikuyu Version) Njira – a book on spirituality written by St. Josemaria, culminated the Founders celebrations. The chief guest at the event was Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria – Bishop of Kitui Diocese. A thanksgiving mass was celebrated thereafter.
Founders’ day celebrations will be conducted yearly in an effort to create awareness of Strathmore’s journey, enlightening staff and students on St. Josemaria’s works.
Any job, no matter how hidden, no matter how insignificant, when offered to the Lord, is charged with the strength of God’s life – St. Josemaria Escriva