Mass in Swahili Draws 250 Worshipers for New Ministry to East African Catholics

Ever since Father Deogratias Rwegasira’s arrival for ministry in the Diocese of Harrisburg five years ago, the Tanzanian-born priest has hoped and prayed for a regular Mass in Swahili for Catholics native to East Africa.

During his ten years of service in the Diocese of Allentown, Father Deo – a member of the Congregation of the Apostles of Jesus – celebrated such a Mass, and has wanted to bring one to Lancaster since being assigned as chaplain at Lancaster General Hospital.