Father Peter Mandina, who served several local parishes as a sacramental minister before returning to his home diocese of Machakos, Kenya, is one of several Kenyan priests recovering after being beaten during a robbery at Pope Pius VI Junior Seminary, where Father Mandina is rector.
Father Mandina was a sacramental minister at St. Bridget/St. Joseph Parish in East Bloomfield and St. Patrick Parish in Victor from 2002-06, and also served at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Brighton.
The attack happened Oct. 18, following a special collection taken by staff, students and administration for World Mission Sunday, said a friend, Kenneth Mangan, a parishioner of St. Pius Tenth in Chili who visited Father Mandina in Kenya in April. Mangan spread word locally about the attack.
Father Mandina said in an e-mail that the thugs were after 50,000 Kenyan shillings (U.S. $700).
"They came to the seminary rectory about 11:30 p.m., broke in and forced us to give them the money and cell phones," Father Mandina said in his e-mail.
The priest said he was hit on his back with an iron bar — which was possibly a crowbar — and that he has been going to physical therapy for this injury. Another priest was hit on the head and has bruises, while a third received cuts on his face as he was trying to escape in his car, Father Mandina said. The seminary watchman also was hit on the head and has been admitted to Bishop Kioko Catholic Hospital in Machakos, Kenya, the priest noted.
Mangan said several local parishioners have collected money to replace the stolen funds.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To send Father Peter Mandina a get-well card, write: Rev. Peter Mandina, Pope Paul VI Junior Seminary, PO Box 164, Machakos, Kenya 90100.