FSSP Priest Celebrates Mass on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Highest Mountain in Africa – Here’s His Story

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What a brave priest!

New Zealand native Fr. Antony Sumich, FSSP, celebrated Mass on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa in Sept. of 2015.

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In this Facebook post, Fr. Sumich explains the experience:

“Pax Christi,

This (pictured above) is where I said Mass on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015.

The top of Kilimanjaro is nearly 6,000 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level.

Needless to say, it was a little hard to breathe after the 7-½ hours it took to walk up there! But mainly the difficulty breathing was from the altitude.

The table I used, and the altar and Mass vestments, etc., were carried up by our porters. One of them (who we gave the name “table-guy”), literally carried a table strapped on his back the whole way up.

After my Mass, Fr. Gregory Bartholomew said his Mass also.

We prayed a lot, and our porters & guides joined us in daily Mass, and prayers for good weather.

Our prayers were answered and the temperature stayed at about +5 Celsius degrees (low 40’s Fahrenheit), there was no wind whatsoever (very rare) during the two hours we spent at the top.

The Mass was attended by a number of Tanzanian guides who were so happy to see Our Blessed Lord physically on top of Africa.”

How amazing! What do you think of his story?

[See also: What is the FSSP? The Faithful Traditionalist Society, Explained]

[See also: Mother Angelica’s Little-Known Love of the Latin Mass]

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