SAP Provincial Council in Woodlands, Zambia

PC_Nov_2013_04The SAP Provincial Council ended on Friday the 9th November with eleven representatives from Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia.
Were present: Christopher Chileshe, Provincial, Karl Kälin, Provincial Treasurer, Oswald Mallya, Delegate Superior Zambia, Jaya Bordhan Mrutyun, Councillor Zambia, William Turnbull, Delegate Superior Malawi, Michel Sanou, Councillor Malawi, Timothée Bationo, Delegate Superior Mozambique, Richard Ujwigowa, Councillor Mozambique, Philippe Docq, Delegate Superior South Africa,  Chrispin Vungwa, Councillor South AfricaRobert Tebri, Rector Lechaptois First Phase in Balaka.
After the meeting, the confreres signed the Code of Pastoral Conduct for Pastoral Agents as a sing of commitment with the duty to explain it to all M.Afr communities.
A barbecue ended the three day and a half meeting prepared by the staff of Woodlands. All confreres and MSOLA Sisters come for this occasion. The rain disturbed the gathering but did not prevent festive and animated discussion.  

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Diaconate of Emmanuel Mubanga Chisanga in Jerusalem

Frederick Limo N’Getich (Kenya), Emmanuel Mubanga Chisanga (Zambia), His Beatitude Msgr. Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Vincent Kyererezi (Uganda), Bonaventure Bwanakweri (Rwanda)
Frederick Limo N’Getich (Kenya), Emmanuel Mubanga Chisanga (Zambia), His Beatitude Msgr. Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Vincent Kyererezi (Uganda), Bonaventure Bwanakweri (Rwanda)

It was on the 30th of April, Feast of Our Lady of Africa, that I found myself and my companions in the  basilica of St. Anne’s well surrounded by friends who had come to witness our Missionary Oath. The Mass was presided over by the Superior General of the Society, Rev. Fr. Richard Kuuia Bawoobr who was visiting the community at that time. Such a day had always seemed to be in a far distance; a day that belonged to the future. However on 30th April, the future and the present embraced and culminated in a ‘Yes’. It was a day full of emotions and trust in the Lord who asks us to stand in His presence and serve Him. For nine years now, I have journeyed with the Missionaries of Africa and the journey has not always been smooth and easy. Just like anywhere in life, there have been times of joy and of sorrow but in all circumstances the Lord has always stood by me. If I made my final and perpetual commitment, it is basically because of the trust I have in the Lord. My vocation story has less to do with me; rather it has more to do with the Lord. 

By Emmanuel Mubanga Chisanga, M.Afr
SAP Blog administrator apologies for being so late to publish this beautiful reports. There is a say in French which states: “Mieux vaut tard que jamais!”

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See also: Missionary Oath in Jerusalem

Death of Father Gérard Lebel

Gérard Lebel“I am the resurrection and the life. 
He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies. ”  John 11, 25
Father Julien Cormier, Provincial of the Americas, informs you of the death of
            He died on November 9, 2013, in Sherbrooke (Canada), at the age of 84 years of which 56 of missionary life in Zambia and Canada. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11h00 a.m., at 100 rue du Cardinal-Lavigerie, Sherbrooke.
Missionary journey of Fr. Gérard Lebel:
14/12/1958 Curate at St Mary’s, Fort James Diocese, North Rhodesia
03/06/1959 Curate at Chassa
17/10/1959 Curate at Naviruli
08/05/1961 Curate at Minga
07/11/1961 Curate at Nyimba
06/12/1965 Curate at Chikungu, ChipataDiocese, Zambia
06/07/1966 Superieur at Lumimba
01/01/1973 Curate at Nyimba
01/01/1976 Curate at Minga
09/03/1980 Session and Retreat in Jerusalem
01/01/1981 Curate at Kalichero and Cikowa
01/01/1984 1st Cycle Ottawa, Riverdale, Canada
27/10/1984 Curate at Msipazi, Chipata Diocese, Zambia
01/02/1989 Curate at Nyimba, Chipata Diocese, Zambia
01/10/1995 Curate at Minga, Chipata Diocese, Zambia
07/05/1997 Session + 60 and Sabbatical. Monte Cucco, Roma
19/04/1999 Nomination to ANA (PE.99/6), Canada
01/09/1999 Accueil Montréal, L’Acadie ANA/Canada
01/11/2005 Residence Lennoxville
09-11-2013 Back to our Father in Heaven,
Sherbrooke, Canada
May his soul rest in perfect peace.