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American brother in Kenya reburied after thieves desecrate grave

August 23, 2013

The body of an American-born Catholic religious will be reburied in the Archdiocese of Nyeri, Kenya, after thieves desecrated his grave.

The grave robbers had exhumed and then abandoned the body of Brother Dominic Jordan, the former headmaster of St. Mary’s School in Nyeri; they were reportedly looking for a ring that he was believed to be wearing when he was buried. Born in New York as James Peter Jordan, Brother Dominic had died of a stroke at the age last February at the age of 71.

Archbishop Peter Kairo of Nyeri presided at a second burial service for the religious. The archdiocese also plans to reconsecrate the cemetery.

Raid on graves have become more common in Kenya, with thieves sometimes re-selling the coffins as well as taking away valuables. There is a wide belief that Catholic priests and religious are rich and may be buried with items that have gold or silver.


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