Message from our Superior General to Bishop Sandri, South Africa

Letter Sup Gen to Bishop SATo: Bishop Giuseppe Sandri, MCCJ,
Diocese of Witbank, South Africa
My Lord,         
Greetings of peace for the New Year 2014!
I   write  on   behalf   of  the   General  Council    of  the   Missionaries    of  Africa,  to  thank    you wholeheartedly   for  message   of   condolences   and   for  the   accompaniment   you   offered   to   our confrères in Lebombo as they mourned the sudden and tragic loss of our confrère, Fr. Sébastien Ndrustomi.   Fr.   Philippe   Docq,   the   Delegate   Superior,   did   keep   us   informed   of   the everything that was going on and we could see your pastoral care to them in these trying moments.
Thank you for the consoling and challenging homily you gave at the funeral of Fr Sébastien and for   welcoming   him   to   rest   with   his   fellow   pastoral   workers   in the diocesan cemetery. We do appreciate this final gesture that seals his belonging in a unique way.
May God continue to bless you in your ministry.
We keep you in our prayers and thank you in advance for yours for us.
Fr. Richard Kuuia Baawobr, M.Afr
Superior General
Reply of the Bishop of WitbankBishop Joe Sandri

Sermon for the funeral of Fr. Sébastien Ndrutsomi

Bishop Joe Sandri_modifié-1Dear Fr. Philippe,
I hope you have reached Merivale safely.
Once again my condolence to Fr. Christopher, to you and all Missionaries of Africa for the passing away of Fr. Sébastien Ndrutsomi.
Thank for your presence in our Diocese. Pass my condolences also to your Fr. General and his Council.
Please find attached my Homily of the Funeral Mass.
We remain in touch and pray for each other.
+ Giuseppe (Joe) Sandri MCCJ
Maria Trost 11th January 2014-01-09
We are gathered here before the altar of Christ to entrust to his Father’s love and mercy our brother and fellow priest Fr. Sébastien Ndrutsomi, so suddenly and tragically taken from us.
Brothers and sisters I warmly welcome all of you to this sad, painful and yet hopeful celebration. I welcome in a special way Fr. Christopher Chileshe, Provincial of The Missionaries of Africa of Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa, Fr. Philippe Docq, the Delegate Superior of the Missionaries of Africa in South Africa, Fr. Crispin Vungwa and Fr. Jean Pierre Le Scour who lived together with Fr. Sébastien and all the Missionaries of Africa present and the Catholics of Lebombo Parish. You and all of us in the Diocese of Witbank share in the same shock, sadness and grief as we look at the body of Fr. Sébastien in front of us. 
We come to this church from many parts of South Africa and beyond, because, in spite of such a painful experience of death, we believe in life and in the life of Jesus Christ. To him we offer Fr. Sébastien and ourselves. We ask the Lord to welcome Fr. Sébastien in his kingdom. We ask the Lord to console us and all the bereaved. FULL TEXT
A lot of emotion but dignified and well prepared ceremonies. Warm  support from the Bishop and the Comboni. The whole presbyterium of the  Diocese was present at Maria Trost and a sizable congolese community:  there are four congolese priests in the diocese and three communities  of sisters originating from Congo.
Seba will have a nice resting place but what a gaping hole is left in  the Sector!
Thanks for uniting and crying with us, let us pray and hope that there  will be somebody to pick up his spear and continue the fight!
Didier Lemaire

Brother Karl Kälin

Karl Kälin 1985Karl KaelinKarl Kälin in 1985 in a printing press,
Dedicated, patient, joking.
Karl nearly 30 years later,
As dedicated as before, patient, joking.
Thank you Brother Karl for who you are.
Your faithfulness is an example to follow.      
Like so many of us,
You went through tough time.
Today, you have grey hair,
And your belly has ‘slightly’ increase,
But your spirit remains sharp.
Wishing you strength and happiness for years to come.