REQUIEM MASS MUSICAL CONCERT IN AID OF OTUNGA BEATIFICATION PROCESS HELD AT STRATHMORE UNIVERSITY
By Francis Njuguna (May 2016)
In line with funds raising for the ongoing beatification process on the life of Servant of God Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga, the Strathmore University, Nairobi in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Nairobi - Cardinal Otunga’s Beatification Office, on May 29th 2016, organized a grand musical concert, whose proceeds will go towards supporting the current process.
Dubbed “The Requiem Mass in D minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart”, the Sunday evening concert was staged at the University’s Auditorium.
The grand evening event was jointly performed by the Kenya National Youth Orchestra, under the directorship of Levi Wataka and St Paul’s Chaplaincy and Parish Choir, Nairobi, and directed by Dan Odhiambo.
The head of Opus Dei in Kenya Rev. Fr. Silvanus welcomed the audience/participants in Strathmore Auditorium.
Addressing the congregation before the commencement of the grand musical event, the Vice- Postulator in the Cardinal Otunga’s Beatification Process, Brother Reginald Cruz said the ongoing process was quite in the right course.
“Currently we are in the process of writing a biography (positio) on the life of Cardinal Otunga, a crucial issue in the commencement of the second phase of the process, otherwise referred to as the Roman Phase,” said Brother Cruz.
He added that the writing of the positio will run into hundreds of pages.
Brother Cruz called for steadfast prayers and financial support to the process.
“At this juncture both prayers and financial involvement is necessary for the ongoing process. I appeal to all of us to ensure that we have participated in prayers for the process and as well as supporting it materially,” he emphasized.
He said since its commencement, the process had witnessed various aspects of achievements.
The first phase of the process, otherwise referred to as Diocesan Phase is already complete and its report submitted to Rome.
The process under the Office of Cardinal Otunga Beatification, based at the Holy Family Minor Basilica, Nairobi has carried out various aspects of funds drive, through annual Walks, Dinners and Golf Tournaments.
But in recent times a felt need to expand the exercise to other areas such as musical concerts as has been expressed by the central Committee of the process.