The opening of St. Andrew’s House of Formation and the Formation program will sustain the spiritual core of Mustard Seed Communities long into the future. MSC’s long-term vision is to have Priests, Deacons and Sisters serving throughout Mustard Seed Communities across the world. They will carry the vision of Mustard Seed Communities, ministering to the spiritual and pastoral well-being of the children, staff, and mission volunteers. Today, five Brothers are participating in the Formation Program and reside in community at St. Andrew’s House of Formation.
Video of the opening of St. Andrew's House of Formation at Jacob's Ladder
Brothers Ernest and Bekithemba, both from MSC Zimbabwe, have finished their second year at St. Michael’s Theological Seminary in Kingston and begin their third year in the fall. Brother Richard, from Jamaica, is discerning life as a Mustard Seed Priest and will begin his studies at the Seminary in September along with Brothers Brighton and Jeremiah who recently arrived in Jamaica from Africa.
Fr. Christopher, the Formator in Residence at St. Andrew’s House of Formation, came to Mustard Seed from Ghana in mid-June and recently celebrated his 25th year of priestly ministry. He attended St. Peter’s Regional Seminary in Ghana and earned his Diploma in Theology from the University of Ghana. Fr. Christopher studied at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and earned his Doctor of Ministry (Liturgy) in 2008. He served as an Assistant Parish Priest during the years he was in Illinois.
Fr. Philip Omondi is approaching the end of his first year as a Mustard Seed Priest. He is currently serving at MSC Zimbabwe. We will celebrate the first anniversary of his priestly ordination on September 8th, the Feast day of Mustard Seed Communities.