Visit of Jean-Guy Labrecque and Jean-Claude Robitaille to Zambia and farewell to Jules Roy

Jean-Guy-Jim-Robi-08Jean-Guy Labrecque and Jean-Claude Robitaille came back to Zambia for a short visit of two weeks after seven years absence for Jean-Guy and twenty-seven years for Jean-Claude. They travelled together to the North of the country that they knew very well. Jean-Claude could speak Chibemba without any problem as he has kept the language alive with a friend of him from Zambia who lives in the Unite-States. Both of them were impress by the economic progress of the country. Indeed, it was a great moment and an opportunity to discover a new reality, at least something different than what they knew. We hope to hear again from them soon.
Together with them, Jules Roy made his last farewell to Zambia after 51 years of missionary life. A large gathering took place yesterday night with the presence of the Archbishop Mpundu of Lusaka and close friends of Jules Roy. We wish him a nice retirement in Canada.
Below, some confreres wishing them a safe journey back home. Departure time from Woodlands: Thursday the 31st July 2014 at 14:30.

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Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 30 juillet 2014

Mafrwestafrica 02Aujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site :
Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Ordination sacerdotale d’Armand Dakouo », Missionnaire d’Afrique, à Bamako au Mali, le 13 juillet 2014. (photos et texte) –(lire la suite) 
« Lettre du diocèse de Laghouat Ghardaia », juillet 2014, dernières nouvelles de ce diocèse à la tête duquel se trouve notre confrère missionnaire d’Afrique, Mgr Claude Rault (lire la suite) 
« Nouveaux supérieurs délégués » en particulier : Le Père Oskar Geisseler pour la Suisse, le Père Terry Madden pour la Grande Bretagne, le Père Patrick Bataille pour la France (lire la suite) 
« Enterrement du Père Michel Tremblais » à Mours, en France. Photos prises par le Père Jean Yves Chevalier. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :
«  Merci au Père Michel» un texte envoyé par Vincent. Somboro, étudiant Missionnaire d’Afrique à la Maison Lavigerie à propos du Père Michel Tremblais qui vient de nous quitter. (lire la suite) 
« Aux anciens d’Afrique du Nord », un texte du Frère Jan Heuft qui nous parle des relations très simples qui ont pu s’établir entre les missionnaires et les populations. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :
« Message à l’occasion de la fin du Ramadan », envoyé à nos frères musulmans par le Conseil pontifical pour le dialogue interreligieux à l’occasion de la fin du ramadan, et signé par son président et son vice-président. (lire la suite) 
« Qu’est-ce que la fin du Ramadan ? », un article pris sur le site (lire la suite) 
« Qui est Abou Bakr Al-Baghdadi ? » le chef de l’EIIL (État Islamique en Irak et au Levant) nouvelle figure mondiale du djihad islamique. Article pris sur le site de l’ARCRE. (lire la suite) 
« Nouvelles de Tunisie », articles pris sur le site Action pour la Rencontre des Cultures et des Religions en Europe, bulletin n° 86. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » :
« Commission Justice et Paix Jérusalem », l’appel à la paix et au dialogue lancé par la commission JPIC des ordinaires catholiques de Terre Sainte. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :
« Producteurs de riz CEDEAO » : l’injustice flagrante dont les producteurs continuent d’être victimes malgré la taxe de 10 % qui sera effective à partir du 1er janvier prochain. (lire la suite)  

Theological week in Nazaré, June 2014, Mozambique

Theo week Mozambique 2014Nazaré Centre organised its 19th « semana teológica » or its theological week from the 16th till the 20th June 2014 under the topic: “A Familia Em Mocambique, Desafios Para O Terceiro Milenio” translated by: “a family in Mozambique, challenge for the third millennium”.
People came from different areas of Mozambique such as Beira, Chimoio, Tete, Nacala, Quelimane, Inhambane and Maputo. Inputs, group works and the plenary helped the discussions surrounding family life; its challenges and what the Church is saying about it looking into various documents such as Vatican II, Familiaris consortio, Ecclesia in Africa and Africae Munus. The questionnaire of the synod “so Desafios pastorais da família no contexto da evangelização” was also explained.
The family remains the cell of life where human beings give birth and develop. In this third millennium, we are invited to take into consideration the importance of living together as a family and to rediscover its value and identity, both human and spiritual.   
Hugh SeenanFernando Perez 2014On the 29th June, the compound of the church of Inhamizua / Beira was full of joy and dance. There was something unusual on that Sunday Mass. Fathers Hugh Seenan and Fernando Pérez were celebrating respectively 25 years and 50 years of priestly ordination. The thanksgiving song was followed by many gifts from the parishioners where Hugo and Fernando worked. That day was also the official launch of the Friends of the Missionaries of Africa in Mozambique (AMAMO). 
Florent Sawadogo, Dombe parish, Mozambique

AMECEA 2014 Plenary Assembly – Lilongwe Malawi

Christopher_Chileshe1By Christopher Chileshe, M.Afr
The 18th Plenary Assembly of AMECEA is currently taking place at Lilongwe – Malawi under the theme “New Evangelization through True Conversion and Witnessing to Christian Faith”.
The opening ceremony was held on Thursday 17th July 2014. It started with the Holy Mass presided by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi and Patron of AMECEA. This Mass took place at Civo Stadium and was attended by thousands of people who completely filled the stadium. Gracing the occasion was his Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika the President of the republic of Malawi, his vice and other political leaders. The Eucharistic celebration was well organized, inculturated and very inspiring. The Malawians once more showed their faith not only in attendance but also in expressing their hospitality and joy at hosting the plenary.
In the afternoon the opening celebration continued at the magnificent Bingu International Conference Center. The session was opened by acknowledging the AMECEA Bishops who have passed away during the past three years. Among them was Bishop Patrick Kalilombe M.Afr. The Delegates met to listen to welcoming remarks from Bishop Joseph Zuza, President of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Archbishop Julio Murat the Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi and Zambia, Archbishop Tarcisius Zyaye Chairman of AMECEA and Fr. Fernand Lugonzo the Secretary General of AMECEA.
Solidarity messages were also given by SECAM, CAFORD, CAMEC ACWECA among others.
The opening ended with a dinner and cultural night sponsored by the Catholic Women’s League of Malawi.

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FENZA, a place to study, stay, pray and rest!

Since its establishment in 2007, FENZA (Faith and Encounter Centre Zambia) has been a resource centre on faiths and cultures in Zambia. Its library offers excellent volumes on social, cultural and religious concerns. Every year hundreds of students and researchers within and outside Zambia make use of these special documents, in the library and through online consultation. The staff of FENZA are resource people and always available to help on social, cultural and religious matters. FENZA also offers unique initiation courses on Zambian cultures and language courses in Nyanja and Bemba. Since last year, FENZA has equipped itself with a hostel of 12 self-contained rooms, which provides very good accommodation for those who want to stay at FENZA while using the library or attending a course. Moreover, with this hostel it’s now possible to have a recollection/retreat or take some time off to rest at FENZA. Now FENZA is an ideal place to study, to stay and to pray.

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FENZA Course 18th – 29th August 2014

Logo FENZAFENZA logo 02Welcome to Zambia 2014

A FENZA Course to help you deepen

your understanding of the cultural, religious,

economic and social dynamics in Zambia

WHEN:  18th – 29th August 2014 from Monday to Friday starting at 9:00 till 12:30 hours
WHERE:  Faith and Encounter Centre (FENZA), Bauleni, Lusaka
PRESENTERS:  FENZA resource persons and specialists in their fields
Faith and Encounter Centre Zambia (FENZA) warmly invites you to attend its unique initiation to Zambian way of life course entitled “Welcome to Zambia”.
Understand the cultural values of Zambian society!
Expand your historical and contemporary knowledge of Zambia!
Gain confidence to live and work in Zambia!
This workshop covers pre-colonial and colonial history, politics and economics of Zambia, today’s cost of living, basic rules of behaviour, traditional kinship and family structures, chieftaincy, initiation rites, traditional healers, Satanism, witchcraft, religions and Churches in Zambia, the reality of street children, HIV/AIDS.
This seminar is for anyone who wishes to widen her or his appreciation of the social-economic, cultural and religious dynamics in Zambia.
  1. Empowerment to face the challenge of Zambian cultures struggling with modernity.
  2. Hand-outs and material related to topics.
COST: K 1,000 per participant.
Romaric BationoWe look forward to seeing you at FENZA together with other participants from all over the world.
Very kind regards,
Fr Romaric Bationo, M.Afr, Director of FENZA

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Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 17 juillet 2014

Mafrwestafrica 02Aujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site :
Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
«  L’ordination de Mgr Placide Lubamba » nouvel évêque de Kasongo en RDC, et membre de notre congrégation missionnaire. (lire la suite) 
« Le décès du Père Michel Tremblais ». Le Père Michel Tremblais venait juste de rentrer en congé en France, avant de repartir pour assurer la passation de sa fonction d’économe de la Maison Lavigerie à Ouagadougou, lorsqu’il est décédé brutalement à Beaumont sur Oise.(lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :
« Le Père Edouard Duclos de Billère » Le Père Duclos, ancien du Burkina, raconte comment il est revenu en France en 2006 et quel sens a sa vie présentement dans la communauté de Billère.(lire la suite) 
« Une autre Eglise, une autre vitalité ». Le Frère Jan Heuft, qui travaille depuis des années pour aider les migrants venus en Algérie à rejoindre leur pays d’origine, a rendu une visite à Niamey, au Niger, et témoigne à ce propos. (lire la suite)
    – Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :
« Soudanaise chrétienne acquittée», article tiré du numéro 83 du bulletin de l’ARCRE, à propos du mariage islamo chrétien, et des dessous de ce cas particulier. (lire la suite) 
« Réactions à prière improvisée de l’imam au Vatican» : un autre article de la lettre de l’ARCRE n° 83, qui donne à la fois la traduction de la prière et en relativise l’enjeu. (lire la suite) 
« Bulletin ARCRE n° 85, extraits», trois articles pris dans ce dernier numéro, qui nous parlent : des problèmes d’immigration à Tamanrasset, des familles qui dépassent la haine tant en Israël qu’en Palestine, et du fait que la plupart des musulmans rejettent l’extrémisme (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » :
« L’or et les enfants au Burkina», article paru dans le numéro 102 de « Voix d’Afrique », du mois de juin 2014, et qui décrit la situation difficile de ces jeunes, et les dangers qui les menacent. (lire la suite) 
« Session Justice et Paix à Ouagadougou » session qui a commencé le 6 juillet 2014. L’article est paru sur le blog des Assomptionniste d’Afrique de l’Ouest. (lire la suite)

MIMSAF Recollection – 19th July 2014

MIMSAF LOGO_modifié-1MIMSAF members are reminder for the recollection which will be on 19th July 2014 at St Bonaventure Chapel in Makeni.  The recollection will start at 09:00 hours and will be led by the MIMSAF Chaplain Fr. Vitalis Owino.
Please bring your bible and a light lunch.
For people requiring transport to Makeni (especially from Kabwata) please be at the Kabwata Parish at 08:00 hrs departure at 08:30 hrs.
For more information please contact Mr Phillip Chimponda.
Please remember also to bring the K100 contribution towards the ordination of Emmanuel Mubanga in Minga.
Mrs. Sikateyo, MIMSAF Secretary

Lightning Strikes Twice – Lilongwe, Malawi

William TurnbullFor the second time in two and a half months we had visitors at the Sector House in Area 3, Lilongwe. This time they broke into three cars: mine, Julio’s and Denis-Paul’s old car. One more than last time and using the same methods.
Only a few Kwacha was taken from my car after they removed a window.  I have not replaced what was stolen in May. Julio had his stereo, battery, jack, and tyre wrench taken after removing a window in the canopy. They took the battery, jack and tyre wrench from Denis-Paul’s car but left the car intact. The problem now comes with replacing the window rubber seals that, from experience, can take up to three weeks just to find second hand ones.
It looks as if the robbery was carried out by the same people as before and that we are running a self-service for thieves in Area 3. So much for Malawi being a peaceful country when such thefts, often with violence, are occurring and often with violence.
Once again thank God that no one was hurt and the thieves did not enter the house.
All this on the eve on the AMECEA Plenary meeting.
Bill Turnbull M.Afr

Mrs. Ernestina Vega Anaya passed away today

Erick_Balderas_02We invite you to pray for Mrs. Ernestina Vega Anaya who passed away today in Tepeji del Rio, in the State of Hidalgo, in Mexico. She was the mother of Erick Balderas Vega our Mexican candidate studying in theology in Merrivale, South Africa. 
Our deepest condolences to Erick and his family. 
Let us keep him and his family in our prayer.

Death of relatives of Paul Namono, M.Afr

Paul NamonoDear All,
At the moment Paul Namono is attending the Session for Confrères in their Second Term of Mission, in Kumasi, Ghana. 
Over the last few days, when Paul was on his way to the meeting, he sent us very sad news. Paul’s cousin Namono Bienvenu was in Form 4.  A month ago he complained of stomach pains but despite all the treatment he received it did not help and he passed away the 4th July and was buried on the 5th. Then yesterday Paul gave us news of the death of Namono Pele, his uncle and younger brother of his father.  Pele had lived in Ivory Cost for a long time.  Before leaving Lilongwe Paul phoned Pele and he did not mentioned anything about his sickness. Then when Paul was on his way to Kumasi he received a message from his sister that Pele was very sick. Two days later on the 9th July he died. 
Please let us remember Paul and his family in our prayers.  Maliro nkulirana!
May Bienvenu and Pele rest in peace.
Yours in Christ,
Bill Turnball, M.Afr

Death of Brother Gerhard Weffers, M.Afr.

Gerhard_Weffersb copieFather Helmut Revers, M.Afr in Germany, informs you of the return to the Lord of Brother Gerhard Weffers, M.Afr. He died on the 9th July 2014, in Trier, Germany. He was 90 years old of which 61 of missionary life in Zambia, Luxembourg and in Germany
Gerhard Weffers was born on 23/10/1923 in Rheydt, Diocese of Aachen. He trained as a tailor. After completing his training, he was conscripted into the army. From 1945 until 1949 he was a prisoner of war in Russia. After his release he worked as a tailor in a factory for a short time before entering the postulancy of the White Fathers in Langenfeld on 01/09/1950. He continued there with his novitiate from October 1950 until October 1952. On 26/10/1952 he pronounced his first oath in Marienthal, where he did his scholasticate from November 1952 until November 1954.

After his formation he worked in the German Province before departing for Zambia on 24/02/1957. After language studies he mainly worked as a carpenter. He pronounced his perpetual oath in Kachebere. From September 1963 until June 1964 he absolved a course of architectural drawing and building technician in Germany. Afterwards he lived in Kanyanga until 1977 working in the carpentry and in the workshops there.

In April 1977 Gerard was appointed procurator and guest master in Lusaka. After a short stay in Minga/Chipata and after doing the long retreat in Jerusalem he was appointed bursar in our noviciate in Kasama. In 1989 he moved as bursar to the Regional House of Kasama.

In October 1993 Gerard returned to Germany because of his advancing age. He took over as receptionist in Trier, giving other services as well. He died in Trier 9th July 2014.

Fr. Rolf Wigger, Sector Secretary


Golden Jubilee of Reinhold Bloching and farewell to Jules Roy

Reinhold Bloching and Jules Roy during mass.
Reinhold Bloching and Jules Roy during mass.


Reinhold Bloching is celebrating his Golden Jubilee of priesthood this year. The community of Ndola organized a special celebration to commemorate it on Tuesday the 8th July in Ndola. A simple but joyful gathering brought about thirty people, mostly Religious Sisters, diocesan priests and Missionaries of Africa. Reinhold has set up a remarkable church at New Kaloko in the outskirt of Ndola. The inside church is decorated with African symbols in line with the local culture. Congratulation for this outstanding achievement.

At this same occasion, the Missionaries of Africa thanked Jules Roy, who celebrated this Jubilee last year, as he is getting ready to leave his beloved Zambia after 51 years. Like an old elephant, Jules said, leaving the heard to move its way alone, so is his feeling today. We wish him a good retirement back home in Canada. The departure of Jules from Lusaka is on the 31st July 2014. 
Our house in Ndola
Great day at New Kaloko Parish, Ndola – Zambia
Invitation to the Golden Jubilee of Fr. Reinhold Bloching and farewell of Fr. Jules Roy

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