An account of the efforts being made by a Mayo born Kiltegan Missionary, Fr. Tony Barrett, in the Turkana desert of Kenya to inculturate Christianity in the customs and traditions of a nomadic people.

'Father of the Red Bull' visits the Turkana desert in Northern Kenya, which is home to wandering nomads whose lives centre on their herds. Each Turkana tribesman is given an animal's name and an Irish priest that settled there 12 years previously has been given the name 'Father of the Red Bull', a mark of high honour.

Fr. Tony Barrett, while very much the missionary, takes on an anthropological role in the tribal community. His approach to missionary work is one of 'inculturation' and as a result he has become respected by the indigenous population as a man of wisdom. While this approach is seen by many as unconventional, Fr. Tony has achieved great success and believes he is fulfilling the objectives of Vatican II to spread Christianity across Africa. Analogies are drawn between his work and the work done by St. Patrick in spreading Christianity in Ireland.

The programme also features commentary from: Father Brian Hearne, lecturer in theology at the GABA Pastoral Institute; Bishop John Mahon, the first bishop of the Turkana desert; and Bishop Raphael Ndingi.

The work of Father Barrett in the Turkana desert is being watched with great interest throughout the whole missionary world. His work is seen as the starting point for further missionary work that takes into account a respect for the traditions and values of the indigenous population.