“Come Back Tomorrow”: African Memories


Fr David Costello OCD is a Discalced Carmelite celebrating his Diamond Jubilee of priesthood this year (1962–2022). After three years of teaching in Ireland, he was assigned to California. He served in all the Carmelite communities of San Jose, Redlands, Alhambra, and Oakville before going to Africa when he was fifty-nine. He now serves as a “priest in residence” at Santa Cruz Parish in Tucson, Arizona.

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“It was my pleasure and privilege to read ‘Come Back Tomorrow’: African Memories. It was well presented, adventuresome, a page-turner, compelling, and knowledgeable.”

— Carolyn Humphreys OCDS, OTR,  author of  From Ash to Fire and other books

‘Come Back Tomorrow’: African Memories is a beautiful treasure to the Ugandan Mission and a reliable witness to the beginning and early years of the mission. It is a most uplifting and hopeful story, showing God’s hand, blessing, and grace if we step out in trust.”

— Fr Jim Noonan ODC former missionary in Nigeria, and Provincial of the Anglo-Irish Province

“Come Back Tomorrow”: African Memories documents the history of the Carmelite Mission in Uganda back to the recommendation of Pope Paul VI. The Holy Father encouraged the traditional religious orders of the Church to go to Africa to enrich the Church with their distinctive charisms. The Discalced Carmelites responded by bringing their charism of interior prayer. Their Generalate in Rome called upon the California-Arizona Province to rise to this task, and they are meeting this challenge with generosity.

One of the founding members, Fr David Costello, shares a lively eyewitness account of his memories in Uganda and Kenya. He draws on the spiritual resources of his Order and brings his own pastoral experience to create a treasure for future missionaries.

As younger Ugandan Carmelites take over the work in Uganda, “Come Back Tomorrow” is a hope-filled account of how God has generously blessed the Carmelite vine in Uganda.


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