Here’s How This Priest Celebrated Mass on Top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Highest Mountain in Africa!

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What a brave priest!

Even though this happened three years ago, it is way too cool not to share!

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?

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