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Home WHO WE ARE Assumptionists Profiles Fr. PETER OMWOYO, A.A.



Interviewer - Would you share a bit about your background: family, childhood, early education etc.?

Fr. Peter – I was born in 1976, in the western part of Kenya in Kisii County, to Sabina Moraa and Patrice Omwoyo. I am the third child in a family of four sons and one daughter. My father, who is now deceased, was a ‘stone dresser.’ The deep faith of my Catholic family was passed on to me. I was baptized at fifteen years of age after catechetical preparation and confirmed a few years later. My primary and secondary education took place in public schools that were Catholic sponsored.

How and where did your roots in Assumption begin? Did anyone in particular have a significant impact on your life?

– During my years in secondary school, I began to hear God’s call to priesthood. My parish priest shared a booklet with me that mentioned many religious communities. In time, my journey with the Assumptionists began in 1998 when I contacted the Vocation Director, Fr. Richard Brunelle, A.A. After frequent communications, I was invited to attend a number of workshops and ‘live in experiences.’ In 2000 I was accepted as a resident candidate, during which time I was deeply impressed with the simplicity and welcoming spirit of the Assumptionist community. My mentors, Frs. Richard Brunelle and Oliver Blanchette, accompanied me all through my religious formation.

Would you share some of your later formation and education memories?

– My religious formation took place in Africa. My novitiate and philosophy studies were in Arusha, Tanzania while my theology studies were in Nairobi, Kenya. During these early years, I encountered people of different cultures and nationalities who were very important in shaping my formation experience. As our Rule states, “We accept one another with our differences because he who unites us is stronger than that which separates us.”

Do you have any favorite scripture passages?

– Yes, I have two favorite passages. The first is taken from Psalm 116: 12-13, “How shall I make a return to the Lord for all he has done for me? The cup of salvation I will take up and I will call upon the name of the Lord.” And he other is Jesus’ prayer for humanity in John 17:18-19, “Consecrate them in truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. So I consecrate myself for them, so they may be consecrated to the truth.”

Where did your subsequent community assignments take you?

– Upon the completion of my theological studies at Tangaza College in 2008, I was first assigned to our house of philosophy in Arusha, Tanzania where I was treasurer for six months. In June of 2009, I was then assigned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which was a totally new cultural experience for me. It gave me a greater picture of·· the congregation’s reality in that part of the world. My assignment was not only to learn French but also to be immersed into pastoral ministry while working with the youth and prisoners. It was in the DRC that I prepared for my diaconate and priestly ordinations. After I was ordained a priest in 2011, I was asked to help our postulants in Nairobi for one year. Since then I have been at St. Anne and St. Patrick’s Parish in Sturbridge, MA where I work with the Eucharistic ministers, the homebound, the Cursillo members, the Lay/Religious Alliance folks and the African community in Worcester.

How have you experienced growth in living out your Assumptionist charism?

– Without prayer, Christian life makes no sense at all. It has shaped and nourished my religious life and because of it I have remained in constant and personal relationship with God, with neighbor and with the environment where I live and socialize. It is by simply praying that I have opened myself to various types of prayer like meditation, adoration, divine office, the Rosary and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. It is my conviction that God is always calling us, day in and day out. And as our Rule of Life states: “Our prayer challenges our life in the Gospel.”

Would you share any of your happy memories/stories?

– My happy memories revolve around my various stages of religious formation. Candidacy, postulancy, novitiate, post-novitiate and ordination were great and significant moments in my life filled with God’s grace.

What hobbies or other interests do you have?

– I enjoy physical exercise, especially jogging, in addition to socializing with people and reading.

What is your vision and/or hope for the future of the congregation and/or the Church?

– My hope is that we may all be one; that we may walk and “live in a household of perfect harmony and having one heart intent on God.” (Rule of St. Augustine, 1, 2)

- Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with others?

– I am happy to be a Christian and happy to be an Augustinian of the Assumption!

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