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Day 14 - July 8 - Mwanza - Dar Es Salaam 

Today we began our morning with breakfast at the hotel at 7:30.  Cereal was the preferred entrée among our youth.  Our plan was to head to the local vendors down the street from the hotel for some last minute gift shopping.


It was amazing how all of the shop keepers had remembered all of their…

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Day 13 - Serengeti

IMG_57555:45 came quit quickly and Matthew was waiting on us.  Tiana and Tatyna were moving a little slower.  We were to meet our driver at 5:45 a.m. and got everyone together by 6:05.  Father Matthew came down to say farewell and we began our journey.  1 hour into the drive from Mwanza to the Serengeti, th…

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Day 11 - 5 - A Funeral and Nyampande

Our morning started at 7:30.  We got to sleep in.  Actually, I did not wake up until 7:10.  We met for breakfast in the hotel restaurant.  Matthew and Tatyna were delighted that they had Cocoa pebbles.  Since we were not being picked up until 10:00, we had decided to try and do some early shopping w…

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Day 10 - July 4 - Final Vows





Today we began early, at 6:30.  Fr. Makonge, who was taking us, started even earlier, holding mass at 5:30.  Our journey would take us about 3 hours to Mwahoba to see Brother Simeo Sahani take his final vows.

Traffic was a challenge with the President coming to town.  There was on…

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Day 9 - July 3 Geita- Sangerema


You can see from above where part of this day took us.  We checked out of the Lenny hotel and met at Fr. Matthew's office to outline the busy day.  We had a stop at the orphanage, sewing center, lunch with the bishop, travel back to Natakubwa, then to Sengerema, then to Nyampande.  And to do this …

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Day 8 - The Day of the Lord - Geita - Sangerema


Today waking up and seeing Taty with her normal smile was pure joy.   It was a great way to the start of the day.  Today we were off to mass at 8:00 which, since there was a mass at 6:00, we were being picked up at the hotel at almost 8:00.


We arrived at the Cathedral at a couple of minutes…

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Day 7 - Geita and A Trip to the Doctor

Today started out quite different.  Tatyna was in severe pain which required that we take her to the Diocese hospital in Sangerema to see a physician, Sr. Marie Jose Voeten, a sister working in the diocese from Holland.  Meanwhile, the Bishop made arrangements for Tiana and Matthew to hang out with …

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Day 6 - The Road to Geita

Today we will travel to Geita, to the Diocese and have dinner with Bishop Kassala.

I rose early, 4:30, so it appears that I am back on my normal sleep schedule.  It has been warm so I decided to go for a walk and take advantage of the cool air.  I was amazed to see the students arriving at their cl…

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Day 5 - Christ the King Parish - Nyantakubwa

20170629_17390020170629_17390520170629_174230Again our day started at 5:15.  Matthew was the first one up and ready.  He had been given a reading book to read the days reading and he was further preparing for his reflection.  We all arrived at ass a little early and actually were able to join the student toward the front of the church.  Today'…

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Day 4 - Christ the King - Nyantakubwa

Our morning started at 5:30 AM with mass at 6 AM. Tiana and Tatyna were moving quite slow. Matthew was awake when I knocked on the door, however shared he fell back asleep and missed mass.


After mass, we returned to the rectory to have breakfast at 7:20. Morning seems to come a little early…

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Day 3 - Dar Es Dalaam to Christ the King

The morning came early however Tiana, Tatyna and Matthew were all ready by 5;00 am.  I was the slow riser, not getting ready to rise until 5:10 am (I didn't get to bed until after 1:00 am as I tried to get some work done.


We left the FQ hotel to go catch a flight from Dar Es Salaam to Mwanza (1 …

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Day 1 - 2 Our Teenage Pilgrims head to Tanzania

Another journey to the wonderful country of Tanzania.  This time the party includes, Tiana Cisneros, age 17, sporting blonde hair, Tatyna Cisneros age 14, sporting purple hair, Matthew Dennis, age 17, sporting his blonde hair and their embedded reporter, Anthony Cisneros, age withheld and sporting w…

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