EUR-ECHO – Pâques 2013

Eur-Echo Pâques 2013Chers confrères,

Le Pape François, dans son homélie du 19 mars, parle d’un service qu’il se sent appelé à rendre en tant qu’évêque de Rome et auquel, dit-il, nous sommes tous appelés : faire resplendir l’étoile de l’espérance. Nous avons besoin, dit-il, de voir la lumière de l’espérance et de donner nous-mêmes espérance. Il indique comment nous pouvons nous y prendre en parlant d’être gardiens de la création, en posant sur tout homme et toute femme un regard de bonté et de tendresse. Oui, dit le Pape, n’ayons pas peur de la tendresse. La tendresse n’est pas la vertu du faible mais dénote une force d’âme et de capacité d’attention, de compassion, de vraie ouverture à l’autre, d’amour. SUITE

Martin Kasongo: my pastoral experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Martin KasongoI am Martin Kasongo from Chingola, Zambia. I have been a student in the Society of the Missionaries of Africa since 2006. I started my formation with the candidacy course in Kolibo, Serenje. I did my philosophy in Arusha and my novitiate in Bobo-Dioulasso. Thereafter, I was sent for my stage to Aru, north-eastern part of DRCongo in the diocese of Mahagi-Nioka.

My pastoral experience in a multi-cultural area like Aru was very enriching with its openness to all people coming from every corner of Congo and other countries. Bordering Uganda and South Sudan, it makes the Lugbaras culturally dynamic and special. They speak the Lugbarati.

Despite being introverts, the Lugbaras are welcoming and peaceful. One great thing that struck me is the way they have welcomed the Good News of Jesus. Evangelisation continues but I observed that these people are really doing their best for their spiritual and moral growth. They give themselves in taking care of their churches and the parish at large. This attitude shows their interest in the Word of God.

The Lugbaras are also hard workers. They take the education of their children in their own hands instead of counting on the government. But, they have difficulties sometimes to work in a spirit of collaboration or partnership because of lack of experience. I used to go to out-stations from Friday to Sunday. This experience was always very instructive for me. I was interested to understand how the catechists care for their Christians communities. During my visit in villages, I used to talk to the youth on issues of life, to all Christians on faith, and to catechists on perseverance. I visited the sick and the poor, encouraging them to hope in life in the face of hardships.

Being with people in these villages made me understand what Lavigerie meant by “being all things to all people.” The first step in any apostolate is our presence. So, let us be the instruments of the Lord who knows best how to guide us the way He wants.

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JCTR calls for a holistic approach in tackling Mealie-meal prices.

JCTR LusakaPress Release, 5th April 2013

The affordability and accessibility of mealie-meal has been a topical issue for sometime. This is not surprising given that mealie-meal is a staple food for the majority Zambians. It is therefore not surprising that the commodity of such strategic importance continues to attract attention from various stakeholders. READ MORE

Sister Eugénie Lacoursière (1883-1950) and Mgr. François-Xavier Lacoursière (1885-1970)

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 It is with joy and a sense of pride that I am sharing with you a recent discovery that I made about my family background. I share the same family three than Mgr. François-Xavier Lacoursière who was a White Father and a Bishop in Uganda. Our common ancestor is Paul Bertrand dit Saint Arnaud who came to “Nouvelle-France”, nowadays Québec, around 1690. The mother of Mgr. Lacoursière is Emma Saint-Arnaud, 5th generation from the ancestor while I am of the 10th generation. Moreover, the sister of Mgr. Lacoursière, Eugénie, 2 years older than him, became a White Sister. She is the one who influenced the decision of Father Voillard, General Superior, who appointed François-Xavier to Uganda instead of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) in 1913.
François-Xavier Lacoursière was born on the 26th January 1885 at Batiscan. He is the son of Louis-Philippe Lacoursière and Emma Saint-Arnaud. He died on the 15th March 1970.
My thanks go to the Chief Editor of the magazine La Missive, André St-Arnaud, who authorised me to share with you the articles published in the winter edition of the magazine, volume 8, number 2. The documents are written in French-Canadian.

Eugénie Lacoursière        Mgr François-Xavier Lacoursière

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Missionary Oath of Remi Nyengere Ziffa, Malawian, in Kinshasa

Remi Nyengere Ziffa 001Congratulations!
On behalf of the SAP I want to convey our congratulations at your pronouncement of the perpetual Missionary Oath on 3rd May 2013.
We are indeed very proud of you and will walk with you towards your ordination to the deaconate in the coming months.
You are welcome to the club of missionary in our little Society. I trust that you will find joy and fulfillment in this vocation.
All the best and God bless.
Christopher Chileshe, SAP Provincial
 UPDATES: Diaconate ordination to take place on Sunday the 19th May 2013.

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Interview with Lisa Schirch

Lisa SchirchLisa shares with us her wisdom on the peacebuilding field. She experiences it as an art. On this regard she develops three key concepts: design, improvisation and healing. She talks about the challenge of working as a peacebuilder within the US Military. She is witnessing the inner enslavement of many soldiers, she says:  “I think the recent news that more US soldiers died from suicide than in battle in the last year is evidence that there is a lot of internal wrestling going on with people in the military. And they have been asked to do things that go against the human nature and what people are taught; and when you are asked to do something that goes against your human nature it is very hard to live with yourself.”

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