Oswald Mallya

Oswald Mallya

Oswald Mallya has just completed his Masters in Counselling. His dissertation is entitled: Will the Psychotherapist(s) eventually replace priest(s) as the physicians of the soul? The related question behind this research is to understand why some Catholics opt paying for the help of a psychotherapist instead of asking for spiritual direction from a priest who will welcome them free of charge. Why are some Catholics abandoning the Confession or the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which has been used as the


Sacrament of Healing by our Church for about 2000 years?

From those interviewed, the main reason mentioned is the issue of time. Basically, priests have no time to listen. They are too busy. Moreover, some of them are unfriendly or have an unapproachable character. Finally, the sacrament of reconciliation, in its actual form, does not allow people to share their inner self for lack of time. Oswald hopes to pursue his research once back to Serenje as parish priest.

Doctorate studies of Marc Nsanzurwimo in Rome

Congratulation to Father Marc Nsanzurwimo who completed recently his doctorate at the Pontificia Università UrbanMarc Nsanzurwimo_2012_Biana in Rome. His thesis, entitled The Funeral in Zambia with Particular Reference to the Lala People of Serenje, is focusing on rites and customs from which life flows within and between the visible and invisible worlds. The research is a reflection on funeral as a locus for inculturation within the context of evangelization and encounter between African traditional religion and the Church.

Marc is very happy about his achievement. Moreover, he was pleased to see that a student consulted his thesis on the same day he put his document in the FENZA library.

In the coming weeks, he intends to finish gathering some reflections which he started to do years ago with some parishioners of Regiment Parish. Hopefully, with some funds, another book will be ready for publication by January 2013 with the title; Regiment Parish, St Charles Luangwa, 70 years of Evangelization and Social Concern.

We wish Marc Nsanzurwimo to enjoy making more research in line with the vocation of FENZA Centre where he has now been appointed.

St. Lawrence Parish opening celebration

Come to have life abundantly

It is under this motto that the new Parish of St. Lawrence opened the celebration of its dedication on the 16th September 2012. Even though the new church is quite impressive in size, the celebration took place outside under a most welcome fresh wind. The Archbishop Telesphore George Mpundu officiated mass.
St. Lawrence grew from Kabwata Parish where we also have confreres. Both places are separated by only few kilometres. Various lay groups and movements are very active together with 18 small Christian communities located in Misisi and Kamwala South. Other activities include a maize mill, a car park, block making, computer centre, carpentry, basic school and Home of Hope Centre for street children.
Brief historical events:
September 1997: first blocks of classrooms – Community School. November 25, 1998: official acquisition of the land. 1998: beginning of Home of Hope by the Catholic Women’s League. 1999: development of the Special Needs Centre. 2000: construction of the Multipurpose Hall. 2004: beginning of Catechetical instruction. 2005: construction of the priest’s house and first celebration of the first communion and children’s baptisms. 2007: construction of the research Clinic and computer Centre. November 2009: beginning of the construction of the actual church. March 2010: arrival of Theresians Sisters. June 12, 2011: opening and blessing of the church by His Eminence Medardo Cardinal J. Mazombwe. January 15, 2012: arrival of the first Missionaries of Africa’s community of Antoon van Kessel, Jacek Rakowski and then stagiaire Ernest Katembo Ngetha.

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Home of Hope

Home of Hope is a Centre which gives shelter to the homeless boys that are found on the streets of Lusaka in order to rescue them from the vicious circle of homelessness: street-drugs-abuse-crime. It has become a half-way home with the purpose of re-integrating those children back in their families and main stream society. Statistics show that 90 % of street children are boys. The girls are referred to other NGOs with a similar outreach program.

The Centre was founded in 1998 by the Catholic Women’s League of Lusaka at the request of the then Archbishop of Lusaka R.R. Medardo Mazombwe. The League is still in charge of advocacy, sourcing funds and development of the premises as well as its running costs.

Being within its boundaries, the Catholic Parish of Good Shepherd was involved from the very beginning of the Centre. The first basic structures were built within the property of St. Lawrence Community Centre under the supervision of the Missionaries of Africa.

In 2011, Home of Hope admitted 68 homeless boys from whom 37 of them ran away at one point or another. Most of them came back and were readmitted. A total of 24 boys were successfully reintegrated to their families while others are still under the care of the Centre by providing them with educational support. Some children were very young. Two of them were 6 years old, one 8 and several boys within the range from 9 to 11 years old. Two brothers came from Ethiopia and two young ones from DRC/Congo.

The Centre works closely with Social Services (DSWO), Child Protection Unit of Zambia Police (CPU) and International Organization for Migrants (IOM). As a joint effort, Home of Hope has managed to take two cases (assault and child sexual abuse) to the Court of Law.

The year 2011 was marked by many types of violence among the population of homeless youth and children in Lusaka. Among these, the most common were assaults. But cases of murder, child sexual abuse, abortion and suicide were also registered. At various moments, the Centre was instrumental in transporting dead children to the Lusaka Mortuary, obtaining legal documentation and informing relatives of the deceased when possible. At the moment Home of Hope employs four teachers. Six dormitories are sheltering 48 boys. Our confrere Jacek Rakowski is involved at the Centre for many years now. Child protection policy guidelines are in place for the wellbeing of the children as much as for the staff of the Centre.

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Our house in Ndola

According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ndola), the population of Ndola has reached 774,757 inhabitants. Founded in 1904 by John “Chiripula” Stephenson, just six months after Livingstone, Ndola has always been an administrative town linked with the Rhodesian Railway as early as 1907. Over time, Ndola became the capital of the Copperbelt.

The Franciscan Conventuals from Italy arrived in 1931 and the White Fathers came a year later. For many decades, Ndola was the centre of the country until the seventies when Lusaka grew in size and importance, being the capital. Ndola airport was the entry point in Zambia for a long time. This is why Ndola became a vital centre for all the dioceses of Northern Zambia. Lorries were sent to get all the necessary goods for those dioceses. The Procure of Ndola has been a vibrant place for over half a century until better roads and general development in the country allowed the Northern part of Zambia to find other ways to meet its own needs. Like the town, the activities of the Procure went down. Fortunately, our confreres are still very active in various pastoral activities as hospital Chaplain or ministering in parishes like New Kaloko and others. As Ndola seems to resurrect economically from its lethargy with the prospect of major investments in a new oil refinery from private investors, our missionary presence may also increase in near future.

Still in Ndola are our confreres Reinhold Bloching and Piet Verkleij. Denis Laliberté went back home to Canada for health reason as well as Maurits De Weerdt to Belgium for his retirement. Jules Roy joined the community recently.

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