After months of planning and a healthy dose of Divine Providence I made it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This was the point of this website and blog. I wanted to draw attention to the spiritual needs of my parishioners at Holy Rosary in Portland, Oregon, as well as the spiritual and financial needs of our Dominican Student Brothers in Formation. I did a ton of praying which I’ll cover in a separate post.

Sunrise over Mawenzi Peaks, one of the three peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro

These days with lots of COVID-19 restrictions, just getting to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania has its challenges. Finding the right company to lead us up the mountain with the maximum amount of acclimatization ensured the best changes of making it to the top, but even then that’s not a guarantee. Nature also provide some interesting challenges. January through March are the ”driest” months of the year but different weather patterns as of late are bringing much more rain to the area that previously recorded. Then, there’s the simple physical toll that high altitude demands on each climber. Altitude sickness can hit the most physically fit just as much as the average Joe. Even then, getting to high elevations doesn’t actually mean that one can stay there. That I was able to get to the rim, travel an hour to the high point, say a Mass with setup and breakdown is a major miracle in my book. Deo gratias!

My official certificate of success!


Dawn Orr · February 16, 2022 at 8:37 pm

Congratulations! Beautiful, an amazing site to see! ✝️

Brenda Allor · February 17, 2022 at 1:08 am

Glory to God and Congratulations Fr. Corwin

    Molly M. · February 17, 2022 at 2:06 am

    What an accomplishment! Congratulations Father – all for the glory of God.

    Anna W · February 17, 2022 at 4:53 am

    God bless you Father. We have been enjoying the updates and reading your posts to the boys. We appreciate you and your prayers.

Jim orr · February 18, 2022 at 1:59 pm

Congratulations Father. Jim

Alex Contreras · February 20, 2022 at 12:37 am

Amazing to celebrate mass on the top of the world, close by the creator! God bless Fr Corwin

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