Fr. Patrick Chisanga OFM Conventual; new Bishop of Mansa

Patrick Chisanga OFM Conventual copieDear All,
Good news!
We have a new Bishop for Mansa.
Fr. Patrick Chisanga OFM Conventual. He was the provincial of the Conventuals between 2008 and 2012 in Zambia.
While we wish him a fruitful episcopate we also welcome back our Mike with warm hands. It has been a long road! Welcome back Mike and congratulations!
Christopher Chileshe, SAP Provincial
Pope appoints Fr Chisanga Mansa bishop
By Masuzyo Chakwe, The Post Newspaper Sun 01 Dec. 2013
POPE Francis has appointed Fr Patrick Chisanga as the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Mansa.
According to Zambia Episcopal Conference spokesperson Fr Paul Samasumo, Fr Chisanga was a Franciscan priest of a religious congregation within the Catholic Church known as the Order of Friars Minor Conventual.
“Fr Chisanga is currently a lecturer of Psychology at St Bonaventure College in Lusaka’s Makeni township. The Diocese of Mansa has had no substantive Bishop since the retirement of Bishop Aaron Chisha on 15 January 2009. Fr Michael Merizzi, a missionary priest of the White Fathers, has been the Apostolic Administrator. Fr Merizzi will continue to be in charge of the Diocese of Mansa until the Bishop-elect, Fr Chisanga, is ordained as Bishop of Mansa, on a date to be announced,” he stated.
He stated that Fr Chisanga was born on the Copperbelt in Kamuchanga, Mufulira on May 16, 1971 and completed his secondary school education at the minor seminary of Ndola Diocese in 1990.
After school, he joined the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and upon completion of training as a Franciscan student studying philosophy and theology, Fr Chisanga was ordained a priest on June 27, 1999 in Ndola.
In 2006, Fr Chisanga obtained a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.
Since his ordination as a priest, Fr Chisanga has served the Church in various capacities as a parish priest, director of formation for the Franciscans, in charge of the Franciscans here in Zambia and as a senior lecturer of Psychology at St Bonaventure College.
ZAMBIE – Nomination de l’Évêque de Mansa
Cité du Vatican (Agence Fides) – Le Saint-Père François, en date du 30 novembre 2013, a nommé Evêque du Diocèse de Mansa, en Zambie, le Père Patrick Chisanga, O.F.M. Conv., ancien Ministre provincial de l’Ordre des Frères mineurs conventuels en Zambie.
Le nouvel Evêque est né le 16 mai 1971 à Kamuchanga, dans le Diocèse de Ndola. Une fois achevés l’école primaire à Buyantanshi et le collège, à Mufulira – Ndola, il a été admis au Petit Séminaire de Ndola. En 1990, il est entré comme Postulant au sein de l’Ordre des Frères mineurs conventuels. Il a effectué son Noviciat à Solwezi et a émis ses vœux temporaires en 1992. Après avoir achevé ses études de Philosophie et de Théologie, il a émis ses voeux perpétuels à Nairobi en 1998. Il a été ordonné prêtre le 27 juin 1999.
Après son ordination sacerdotale, il a exercé les ministères suivants : 1999-2001 : Curé de Saints Michel et Noé à Kitwe, 2001-2002 : Vice-gardien et formateur au Collège Bonaventure de Regina Pacis à Chawama-Lusaka, 2002-2006 : Etudes supérieures en Psychologie à Rome près l’Université pontificale grégorienne, 2006-2008 : Gardien et Directeur de la formation des étudiants en Théologie près le Makeny Friary de Lusaka, simultanément, enseignant de Psychologie au Collège Bonaventure de Lusaka, 2008-2012 : Ministre provincial des Frères mineurs conventuels de la Province de Zambie et Malawi. Il est actuellement professeur au Collège Bonaventure de Lusaka. (SL) (Agence Fides 30/11/2013)

Anti-Slavery campaign in the Southern Africa Province

Claudio Zuccala Petit Echo 2013
125th Anniversary of Cardinal Lavigerie’s Anti-Slavery campaign.
Many events and initiatives at the level of SAP during the year
As I am writing these lines, one of the major events organised at the level of SAP to mark the 125th anniversary of Lavigerie’s Anti-Slavery campaign, has just come to an end. Initially, it had been envisaged that a bus highlighting the Anti-Slavery campaign would tour through all the sectors of the Province picking up and dropping off people as it went along. As it was, the Mozambique sector was the only one able to organise this aspect of the campaign. A minibus set off from Beira on 29th August and travelled to Tete, the boom town along the Zambezi River, picking up some people from our parishes of Dombe and Sussundenga. A two day awareness event was organised in Tete and the same happened in Chimoio a week later. Hundreds of people took part. The final event took place in Beira, at the Nazaré centre, from 12th to 15th September 2013. Conferences, debates, drama, radio and television interviews took place and there was a 4-day-long continuous and interested involvement of some 80 participants. This was a considerable achievement for our confreres in Mozambique.
By Claudio Zuccala, M.Afr

Present Magazine December 2013

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Greetings! From the East where all the wise left to pitch tents up in the North. Currently, it is rather warm and dry here, but hopefully God will be merciful to send us some few drops of his blessings.
The “Come and See” session is going on well with six young men. Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit Navutika, Mary Mother of God Parish which is in being looked after by our humorous and zealous Missionary, Abambo Joe.
The Parish is very young but full of life with a diversity of pastoral activities to explore. It was interesting to go and see what is happening up there. FULL TEXT

The Institution of Acolytes in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Theology Students in Abidjan 2013
Theology Students in Abidjan 2013

We are very glad to share with you our joy of a very important event that we had on the 15th November 2013. On that special day, we had a festival Eucharistic celebration where the official institution of 12 acolytes took place. Among the twelve instituted as acolytes were Paul Kitha from Malawi and Mukuka Humphrey from Zambia. The Eucharistic celebration was presided by Emmanuel NG’ONA, who is also one of the members of the General Council for the Society of the Missionaries of Africa. This is because it was the same week our community (Fraternité Lavigerie) had an official visit of Emmanuel NG’ONA and Jean-Michel Laurent the secretary to formation. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to all those who have been supporting us in different ways. We will equally keep praying for you so that our God of love will continue being the light of yourlife. Our hope and expectation is that we become faithful servants of the Lord at all time through this ministry of acolyte. By Mukuka Humphrey and Makambi Kitha Paul 


Conference on Mission – FENZA – 7th December

“As the Father sent me, so am I sending you” (Jn. 20:21);
“Go out to the whole world; proclaim the gospel to all creation…” (Mk. 16:15).
How do you evangelise a man, a woman or indeed a youth who rarely or never goes to church but is all the time on the Internet “facebooking”, “twittering” and “smsing”? How do you reach out to a person who belongs to another religion? Which methodology is relevant to our context of a globalised and digitalised world?
Hear more about new ways of connecting people to Jesus Christ, moving from old to new ways of mission with continuity and discontinuity.
WHERE: At Faith and Encounter Centre (FENZA) Bauleni, behind St. Mathias Catholic Church.
WHEN: Saturday 7th December 2013, From 14.00hrs to 17.00hrs
Fr. Laston Lupupa
Rev. Ezron Musonda
Fr. Marc Nsanzurwimo
We hope to see on Saturday 7th December at 14.00hrs

MOZAMBIQUE – Southern African Bishops’ Appeal for Peace in Mozambique

Agenzia Fides logoMaputo (Agenzia Fides) – Cautious opening of the Mozambican government’s with regards to the request of RENAMO (Mozambique National Resistance) to involve domestic observers in the dialogue to resolve the crisis that saw the national army attack the headquarters of the former guerrilla movement in the forests of Sadjunjira in the central province of Sofala, on October 21. The leader of RENAMO, Afonso Dhlakama, managed to escape and hide in an unspecified place.
Since then, in attacks committed by men of RENAMO to government institutions and along the roads, dozens of people have lost their lives.
José Pacheco, Minister of Agriculture and head of the government commission for dialogue with the main = opposition party, said that the government is ready to recognize the participation in discussions with RENAMO of Lourenco do Rosario, Rector of the private “A Polytechnic” University, and Mgr. Dinis Sengulane, Anglican Bishop of Lebombo, but rejected the idea of involving foreign mediators, saying that “we Mozambicans can solve internal affairs”.
Meanwhile in the administrative elections boycotted by RENAMO, the ruling party, FRELIMO, was re-elected at the head of the administration of the capital Maputo.
The Mozambican crisis was recalled by IMBISA Assembly (Interregional Association of Bishops of Southern Africa), the body that brings together the Bishops of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, which was held in mid-November in Gaborone (Botswana). “We follow with concern, says the message of IMBISA, what is happening in Mozambique in recent times. It seems that the weapons are being replaced, bringing suffering and death, to dialogue and cooperation of all for the consolidation of peace”.
Referring to the peace agreements of 1992, which put an end to a war which lasted 17 years, the message said that “Mozambique and its leaders are taken as an example of how to end a long war through dialogue”.
“Mozambique plays a very important role in our region. Its progress and stability are vital for our Countries to consolidate their development. We therefore call on our governments to join their voices to that of the people of Mozambique to demand the cessation of all acts of violence and the use of weapons and to encourage all efforts of dialogue”, the document concludes. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 27/11/2013)

Come closer to yourself, book written by Marcel Neels, M.Afr.

Come Closer to YourselfDear Confrère,
I have published a book called “Come closer to yourself”. It is the outcome of many retreats I directed. I truly believe that it can be an excellent tool for spiritual reflection for many of us. May I ask you to kindly make it known to the confreres of your responsibility? You can have a look at the book and its content table by typing the title “Come closer to yourself” in Google search. Google advertises the book for a couple of months. Perhaps a good present for Christmas to give to confreres, priests, Sisters?
The book can be ordered directly from the Publisher
Thank you in advance for your fraternal cooperation in this matter.
Marcel Neels, M.Afr.

Death of the mother of our confrere Stanislas Lubungo

Stanislas_LubunboDear Confreres,
I regret to inform you of the passing on of Stan Lubungo’s mother in Mpongwe hospital last night. She was admitted yesterday and passed away around 02 hours.
Funeral arrangements are yet to be made.
Let us pray for her that she rests in peace and for the family that they find strength in the Lord.
If you would like to pass a word of condolences to Stan who is still in France, you may do so by sending a word to Stanislas below this message under “Leave a comment”.
In Christ,
Christopher Chileshe, M.Afr
SAP Provincial
The funeral took place on the 29th November 2013.

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Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of the Holy Father Francis

banners-EVANGELII-GAUDIUM-ENApostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of the Holy Father Francis to the Bishops, Clergy, Consecrated Persons and the Lay Faithful on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World
1. THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.
2. The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ.
3. I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.
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Summary in French / Français (146 KB)

Interview with Vanessa Jackson

Vanessa JacksonInterview with Vanessa Jackson who is an African-American women who shares with us her liberation journey. Her personal journey goes from trauma to power wounding. She is an activist and a “narrative therapist”. In this interview she shows to be quite critical with the traditional clinical approach to people who have been carrying wounds from systemic oppression, especially from inherited slavery. She says: “Dr. Cartwright was an expert in slave medicine and based on his observations and reports from overseers, he described a mental illness that caused slaves to run away from their natural condition of enslavement. As a pro-slavery advocate, Dr. Cartwright believed that such behavior could only be characterized as mental illness. While this term sounds completely outrageous to us today, I would argue that such terms as oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorders which are widely use to describe, medicate and incarcerate children and adolescents are modern day examples of pathologizing efforts to liberate oneself and these labels blind us to the oppression that marginalized groups, like enslaved persons and children experience when they lack power and agency.”  Full Text

Press Release: New Catholic Archbishop in Blantyre, Malawi

The Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Malawi is pleased to announce that 

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His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Right Reverend Thomas Luke Msusa Archbishop of Blantyre, transferring him from the Episcopal See of Zomba. The announcement will be made today, Thursday, 21 November 2013 at noontime in the Vatican.
The Right Reverend Montfort Stima, Auxiliary Bishop of Blantyre and currently Diocesan Administrator of the Archdiocese, remains in charge of the Archdiocese up until Rt. Rev. Thomas Msusa will take possession of the Archiepiscopal See of Blantyre.
Dated: 21 November 2013, Lilongwe
Press Release

MALAWI – Corruption Scandal: “Speedy prosecutions to regain the trust of donors” asks the Church

Agenzia Fides logoLilongwe (Agenzia Fides) – Do everything possible to clean up politics and administration in order to regain the confidence of international donors whose aid is needed to alleviate the suffering of the population. This is the meaning of the message delivered by Chris Chisoni, Secretary General of the Commission for “Justice and Peace” of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, at a press conference at the end of the meeting of the Commissions “Justice and Peace” of 8 Catholic dioceses in the Country.
“The Church cannot just sit and watch some of the challenges Malawians are facing now hence the need for us to speak out with one voice over these issues”, said Chisoni.
International donors (European Union, Great Britain, Norway and the African Development Bank) have stopped giving aid to Malawi following the discovery of serious fraud on the use of funds received. It is estimated that at least 185 million dollars have been stolen from state coffers.
So far, fifty officials have been arrested, including the Minister of Justice, Ralph Kasambara.
In relation to the so-called “cash-gate” Chisoni said that “we want the arrest of all those involved, sparing no sacred cow”.
Representatives of Justice and Peace finally ask donors to reconsider the suspension of aid that is having serious social consequences: food shortages in certain areas of the Country, with serious risks to people; drastic decrease of school attendance and risks for next year’s harvest. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 23/11/2013)

Encyclical Letter Lumen Fidei of The Supreme Pontiff Francis

Lumen-Fidei-cover-montageThe light of Faith: this is how the Church’s tradition speaks of the great gift brought by Jesus. In John’s Gospel, Christ says of himself: “I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (Jn 12:46). Saint Paul uses the same image: “God who said ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts” (2 Cor 4:6). The pagan world, which hungered for light, had seen the growth of the cult of the sun god, Sol Invictus, invoked each day at sunrise. Yet though the sun was born anew each morning, it was clearly incapable of casting its light on all of human existence. The sun does not illumine all reality; its rays cannot penetrate to the shadow of death, the place where men’s eyes are closed to its light. “No one — Saint Justin Martyr writes — has ever been ready to die for his faith in the sun”. FULL TEXT        Texte en français

Ordination to the diaconate of Antony Alckias (India) and Tomasz Podrazik (Poland)

Diaconate Merrivale 2013Invitation from the Missionaries of Africa, Merrivale Formation House Community in South Africa.
Ordination to the diaconate of Antony Alckias (India) and Tomasz Podrazik (Poland)
Date: Saturday, 14th December 2013.
Venue: St. Raphael Parish, Kwa Mzimba, Arch-diocese of Durban, South Africa. 
Time: 11:00 AM.
By His Eminence Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM, Archbishop of Durban. 

Lusaka BNB October 2013 and Press Release

JCTR LusakaGreetings from JCTR
We are happy as always to share with you the 2013 October Basic Needs Basket for Lusaka and accompanying press release. We hope this information is helpful for you.
To get more on this and other JCTR activities, please visit our website or contact us on the address and numbers indicated below. We also invite you to visit our well stocked resource room for your research and other information needs.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions, requests or comments.
We always appreciate your feedback on how you are using the Basket.
Namundi Siwale
Acting Information Officer
Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection
Press Release
BNB October 2013

Oath and the Diaconate in Abidjan

Fraternité Lavigerie, Abidjan Ivory Coast

The Missionaries of Africa are pleased to invite you to the Oath and the Diaconate of 5 Missionaries of Africa. See Invitation card.

Fr. Ignatius Anipu, Provincial, will receive the Oaths on Friday the 6th December 2013 at la Fraternité Lavigerie.

Bishop Claude Rault M.Afr., Bishop of Laghouat (Algeria), will confer the Diaconate on Saturday the 7th of December 2013 at 9.00 pm at St Jean-Baptiste d’Abobo-Avocatier Parish on Sunday 8th December Thanksgiving Mass. We congratulate them wholeheartedly as well as their families.

Fraternité Lavigerie
Missionnaires d’Afrique, Pères Blancs
13 BP 3110, Abidjan, 13
Côte d’Ivoire

Present Magazine November 2013

Kolibo Centre Nov 2013I hope and trust that you are all fine. This year has been quiet busy for me with Fr. Mambwe leaving Kolibo Center for his new appointment. My life will now be more than ever before between Serenje and anywhere else. At present I am in Serenje with ten young men for a “Come and See” after which I shall be headed to Chipata next week 25th November to 29th for another “Come and See” with six young men.

 It is good to note that the East has continued to grow as regards the number of aspirants; we can only thank the Lord and also appreciate the efforts of our confrères there, who have been so motivating and instrumental in this ministry. FULL TEXT

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 15 novembre 2013

Mafrwestafrica 02 Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Les statistiques du personnel M.Afr.» : classé par nationalité, lieu d’engagement, etc… voir en particulier celles de tous les candidats présentement en formation.(lire la suite)
«  En mémoire du père Emilio Escudero », un article décrivant la célébration qui a eu lieu le 2 novembre à Sikasso, où le père Escudero a passé pratiquement l’intégralité de sa vie missionnaire en Afrique. (lire la suite)
 Dans la rubrique « Témoignages »
« Ma première expérience de congé » : Alex Manda, notre confrère Zambien travaillant à Korhogo en Côte d’Ivoire, vient de revenir de son premier congé et nous partage son expérience. (lire la suite)
« Oser vivre la rencontre à Lusaka ». Jean Baptiste Todjro, stagiaire togolais en Zambie, parle de ses diverses rencontres avec Maria ; une femme bien particulière. (lire la suite)
– Dans la rubrique « Justice et paix » :
« La dernière lettre du diocèse de Ghardaia », qui se penche entre autres sur le divers problèmes vécus par les personnes qui cherchent à émigrer vers l’Europe. (lire la suite)
 Dans la rubrique « vu au sud – vu du sud »
«  La ronde des petits métiers », un article paru dans le dernier numéro de « Voix d’Afrique », et qui raconte comment pour survivre en Afrique, il faut faire preuve de beaucoup d’imagination. (lire la suite)
 Dans la rubrique « Maisons de formation »
« Dans la même fraternité à Abidjan » : comment les étudiants déjà bien engagés sur le chemin vers l’engagement définitif vivent la fraternité avec ceux qui commencent à découvrir qui sont les Missionnaires d’Afrique (lire la suite)

Surgery of Didasio Mwanza in South Africa

Surgery in SA July 2013 02 JPEGI had a car accident on the 17th May 2011 on my way from Bamako to Gao in Mali. I was lucky to be taken immediately to Bamako. A fracture on the spine at the level of the neck was diagnosed and the doctors did what they could to keep it stable. I stayed in Bamako for treatment and moved back to Gao in November 2011. But, the Provincial Council of PAO thought it wise to bring me back again to Bamako where I could receive medical attention if needed since I was still experiencing pain.
I was therefore appointed to Korofina Parish where I could continue my physiotherapy treatments which was reducing my discomfort. At times, the pain was stronger, mostly at night. Doctors recommended me for further medical attention and a time of rest. So, in April 2012, my request was well receive by the Provincial Councils of PAO and SAP.
I was back to Zambia in June, 2012. Meanwhile, I felt a bit better and I was asked to give a hand in the Formation House in Balaka while still on treatment. I arrived in Balaka in October 2012. I spent one academic year which was a blessing for me. Then, I asked the Provincial Council if I could go for further medical attention as the pain was persisting. I could not sleep well. The request was accepted and I flew to South Africa on the 20th July 2013. I got my first appointment two days later.
The first diagnosis was quite revealing. I had a fracture on the base of the odontoid with 50% anterior displacement of the odontoid peg on the body of Cervical 2. It was a life threatening fracture. According to the doctor. Such fracture are supposed to be operated upon immediately or at least within a week. My case has become very complicated. They did not know what to do. They were puzzled on how I could have survived. Each movement was a mortal risk. I could have just fallen down or received a simple shock on the neck and that would have been death.
After a thorough research on my case and days of anxious waiting, I was called back to the hospital. I was informed that it was vital that I should undergo a cervical surgery which was quite delicate. If the injury would have been new, some screws to hold the vertebrae in position would have been enough. But, because of being an old injury, a bone grafting was needed. The chance of success was only 50%.
Surgery in SA July 2013 03Before the operation on the neck, I spent 48 hours under traction which happened to be the most painful part of the whole process. Finally, the operation took place on the 29th July. The bone for transplant was taken from my hip which was an operation by itself. Then, the bone was fixed on my neck putting the vertebrae together attached with wires.
I was discharged after eleven days but remained under medication. I also had physiotherapy for some weeks. During this time, the M.Afr community in South Africa, particularly in Edenglen, was a blessing for me. I felt a brotherhood care and love. It was very therapeutic for me. I also had a chance to be with my extended family members who are living in Johannesburg. I had a visit of my aunties and uncles each weekend. As a matter of fact, I have a little cousin who spent weekends with me. So life was not so boring and lonely. God has His own ways to help us to bear our crosses.
Surgery in SA July 2013 01 JPEGI am getting back to normal slowly. My neck is still a bit stiff, but the pain has reduced significantly. I will never move it as before but, over time, I can get back about 70% percent of its normal movements. For me, this surgical operation marks the end of a long suffering and the beginning of a new life. This event taught me to value each minute and to live it meaningfully with love and gratitude. The scars behind my neck and my back will always hold a story.
God bless.
Didasio Mwanza, M.Afr