Br. Benignus Buckley, OFM Cap
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Br. Benignus Buckley, OFM Cap


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Track 1: Growing up near Kilkenny city in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1951 joining the Capuchin Franciscan Order. Track 2: His appointment to Northern Rhodesia in 1959, which involved an eleven daysea voyage to Cape Town, South Africa, followed by three days and nights on a train to Livingstone. Assignment to Chinyingi in the northwestern district, with a parish that extended to the Angolan border. He describes living in a grass hut and primitive conditions for seven years. His second appointment to Mangango working with refugees for 17 years. Track 3: In 1980 assignment to Sioma, a parish that extended westward to Angola and southward to the border with Southwest Africa, then under South African control. This area was heavily affected by incursions from South African troops, as well as the long civil war in Angola, leading to a major humanitarian crisis. Overseeing a relief operation in that region for many years. Track 4: The mission over the years, its growth and development. Track 5: Getting a decoration from the President for his work with the refugees. He speaks about how he earned that award. Returning to Ireland in 1998.

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IMU Missionary Stories Project


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48 hours

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A Missionary in South Africa and Angola for 39 years

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Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore