If I forget SAP, let my right hand wither!!!

Acolytat Herve Jeru 2014 02Just to thanks you for your great job. Here in Jerusalem, life is fine. I am still trying to enjoy as much as possible my stay in the Holy Land. As you already know, this week with God’s grace, my two classmates and I received the ministry of Acolytat and also renewed our Declaration of Intent to continue our formation within the Society of the Missionaries of Africa in view of the Oath and the priesthood at the service of our brothers and sisters in the African world. We had the chance to be with Fr Peter Welsh who came for a visit from Rome.
If I forget SAP, let my right hand wither!!! After spending three years in that province, I am still in touch with all the messages and news sent to all including me. Thanks indeed for your great job as Secretary with the creation of the SAP blog. My regards to all the confreres in Woodlands with a special greeting to our zealous and dedicated Provincial Fr Christopher Chileshe.
Find attached a picture of the memorable day!!!
Yours ever,
Hervé Tougma, Second Year student in Jerusalem
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Read this article in French at :

« Acolytat à Jérusalem » par Hervé Tougma, candidat M.Afr burkinabè théologique. (lire la suite ) 

It is a great abundance from God to have a Priest in the Farm of Hope.

Phelim Malumo Philipines 2014 02logo_fazenda_2013A Missionary of Africa in the Philippines
By Phelim Malumo, M.Afr
“My name is Fr. Phelim Malumo, 42 years old and I am from Zambia. I have 8 siblings at home. I finished my secondary education in 1992 at the Christian school in Mongu. I joined the society of Missionaries of Africa as a postulant in 1994. Thereafter, I was selected to start my Philosophy in Tanzania for 3 years (1994-1997). I went for novitiate in Kasama, Zambia. Thereafter, I went for my 2-years pastoral experience in South Africa. I did theology in Nairobi, Kenya from 2002-2004. I made my Missionary oath in 2003, I was ordained Priest in 2004 in the Diocese of Mongu, Zambia. My first Missionary appointment was to South Africa, Siyabuswa Parish. After 3 years, I come back to Zambia and worked in different Parishes in Zambia.
I had issues related to alcohol addiction, and then I tried therapy in Zambia, Tanzania and Canada. In 2012, I fully recovered. So, I was to appointed to Lumimba Parish for 2 years from 2012-2014.
After a positive and fruitful experience there, the province of Southern Africa thought that I could use my experience to help other people facing various kinds of addiction. And due to the experience of the other priests at Fazenda in Mozambique and Brazil, it was thought that I should go to one Fazenda community to live, discover and learn the Fazenda way of helping people with their addiction. Fortunately, being connected before with Bishop Ian de Groef spoke positively about Fazenda activities and I was very much inspired to start something like that in Bethlehem Diocese in South Africa. And in collaboration with Father Hans, Nelson, Roland and Richardson together with SAP Provincial Council and our General Council in Rome, I was welcomed to make my experience in their community here in Fazenda Masbate.
Now, from November 2014, I am part of Fazenda in Masbate, Philippines. For 1 year, I will live here to understand better the charism, spirituality and mission of Fazenda to the world. We feel that there are rule of Prayer, community life and their mission can make us easy in collaborate and profit from each other’s spirituality. Currently, the Chairman of Fazenda Masbate is Richardson da Silva from Brazil. So far, I have been very much touched by the spirit in Fazenda with lay people, sister’s, priests, and even married people working together to help the boys and girls. I admire the spirituality of Chiara, the Word of Life which guides our community living based on the gospel. Our sharing of goods helps us to form a united family. I help at this community through Mass and spiritual guidance together with the Sisters and the Missionaries. I hope that after this experience, the society of Missionaries of Africa could establish something like this in South Africa where we have issues in addiction and other related problems.
Our community in Cebu is also connected to Fazenda through Group of Living Hope, regularly meets in their house, and slowly, they seem to have more collaboration. And I’m happy to be connected to Focolare Movement. Recently, I learned a lot from Mariapolis which was held here in Fazenda. Fazenda opened me to expose in different kinds of people with different skills.
We strongly believe that the Spirituality of Hope. Fazenda is a place where people were facing with various addiction and issues gets new hope and meaning in Life through prayer, community life and work.
It is my conviction that this experience will be of help to me, the church, society and all people facing with various kinds of addiction and related issues thereby fulfilling Christ’s words in John 10:10 “I came that they may have life, life in its fullness and abundance”

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Hervé Tougma renouvelle sa Déclaration d’intention à Jérusalem

Hervé Tougma 03By Dominique Arnauld, M.Afr, Jérusalem
Thank you and “Bonne fête” à vous aussi!
Ce soir, 26 novembre 2014, Cletus Atindaana, David Elweu et Hervé Tougma renouvellent leur Déclaration d’intention et reçoivent le ministère de l’acolytat.
Réjouissez-vous avec nous!
Hervé a fait son stage apostolique à Chezi au Malawi. Il poursuit sa deuxième année d’étude en théologie à Jérusalem.
Nous nous réjouissons avec Cletus, David et Hervé.

Missionary Congress, Johannesburg, South Africa

EnlargeBy Michel Meunier, M.Afr
25th – 26th October 2014
On Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 4pm, around 250 people came from fifty (50) different parishes (out of 120 parishes in the whole archdiocese). Not bad, for a first time! But we got the quality, if not the expected quantity: we had aimed at five delegates from each parish, which would have amounted to 600! The M.Afr who took part were Jan DeGroef (Bishop), Didier Michon, Christophe Boyer, Martin Somda (stagiaire), Seán O’Leary and Michel Meunier.
The AIMS of the Congress were:
  • to explore ways for us, the Church, to fulfil our vocation of proclaiming the Gospel / Mission
  • to move from maintenance to being on mission (enlarge our tent)
  • to celebrate our baptismal call together
  • to take back to our parishes the motivation to move forward on mission


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Link: Missionary Congress in October 2014 in South Africa

Newsletter South Africa no 45 – November 2014

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Missionary Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa
Martin Somda 2014By Martin Somda, Stagiaire in Henley Parish, South Africa
Should it still be said today “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few”, while thousands of thousands are getting baptised and confirmed every year? Yes, the sad reality is that the workers are still few. And here we see a contrast: While many receive Baptism and Confirmation, few are ready to be sent as workers in the harvest of the Lord. Why is it so? This is a question to everybody. Through the zeal of some missionaries, among whom our M.Afr. confrères, the Archdiocese of Johannesburg thinks one of the reasons might be lack of awareness; to work in the harvest of the Lord, we are called to be sent and to take up our crosses and follow Jesus, the first missionary per excellence. To help its different parishes to come to a greater awareness of their missionary call as per their baptism, the Missionary Group of the archdiocese of Johannesburg organised a MISSIONARY CONGRESS with the theme: “ENLARGE THE SPACE OF YOUR TENT” from the prophet Isaiah (54:2).

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 16 novembre 2014

Mafrwestafrica 02Aujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site www.mafrwestafrica.net :
Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Prise d’habit à Bobo-Dioulasso » : c’est le 24 octobre 2014 que les 17 novices présents à Samagan, près de Bobo-Dioulasso, ont pris l’habit des Missionnaires d’Afrique (lire la suite) 
« Invitation au serment et diaconat à Abidjan » C’est le 12 décembre 2014 que 11 étudiants Missionnaires d’Afrique de la maison de formation d’Abidjan prononceront s’engageront à vie par le serment missionnaire et seront ordonnés diacres le 13 décembre. (lire la suite) 
« Pères Blancs, les aventuriers de Dieu », tel est le titre d’un livre qui vient d’être publié et dont le bon de commande (réservé aux Pères Blancs) est disponible par téléchargement 
(lire la suite) 
Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :
« Au Burkina le 16 novembre 2014 » quelques liens internet mis à disposition pour donner une idée de la situation présente dans ce pays. (lirela suite ) 
« Accaparement des terres au Mozambique » un article rédigé par le père Norbert Angibaud au sujet de cette situation préoccupante qui lèse les plus pauvres dans ce pays (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » : 
« Vivre ensemble » un article de Voix d’Afrique n° 104 de septembre 2014, qui est un appel de diverses associations pour plus de tolérance envers les migrants et un accueil plus humain de ces personnes en difficulté (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :
« Quel dialogue islamo-chrétien ? » quelques articles tirés du bulletin n° 96 de l’ARCRE, (Action pour la Rencontre des Cultures et des Religions en Europe) (lire la suite) 
« Lettre du diocèse de Laghouat Ghardaia ». Du mois de novembre 2014, lettre rédigée comme à l’accoutumée par Mgr Claude Rault, évêque du lieu(lire la suite) 
« Quelques évêques d’Afrique de l’Ouest à Rome » : la visite « ad limina » des évêques du Sénégal, de Guinée Bissau et de Mauritanie, et les encouragements que leur a prodigués le pape François. 
(lire la suite). 
Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :
« Un livre du père Serge Traore », dont le titre est « Retrouver l’harmonie ». Le Père Serge Moussa Traoré, originaire d la P.A.O., vit présentement la mission au Brésil. (lire la suite) 
« L’Algérie vers le 150ème anniversaire »
, (le 150ème anniversaire de la fondation des Missionnaires d’Afrique) un texte du Provincial du Maghreb, le Père José Maria Cantal Rivas et qui se trouve aussi dans « diverses nouvelles » du Maghreb(lire la suite) 

Farewell to Archbishop James Mwewa Spaita, Kasama, Zambia

ARCHBISHOP JAMES MWEWA SPAITA burial siteBy Christopher Chileshe M.Afr
Archbishop James Mwewa Spaita, passed away at 15.14 hours on 4th November 2014 in the Kasama General Hospital at the age 80.
On Thursday 6th November 2014, a vigil Mass was held at St John’s Cathedral in Kasama. Many people attended this solemn Eucharistic celebration including all our novices and staff of Lualuo Spiritual Formation Center in Kasama. Bishop Aaron Chisha was the main celebrant at this Mass. The body viewing for the late continued through the night to 08.00hours the following day.
That Friday 7th November 2014, a Eucharistic Celebration for the late Archbishop James Mwewa Spaita was held. It was graced by all the Bishops of the Zambia Episcopal Conference (except Bishop of Livingstone who was not able to attend due to sickness). The colorful funeral procession begun at 09.00 hours from the Cathedral Church to the Jubilee Square where the Mass was held. Hundreds of people from all over the country came along to this celebration
Archbishop Ignatius Chama presided at this Eucharistic Celebration. In his homily he stated that the late Archbishop Spaita had fought a good fight and finished the race. In his lifetime, he was a man who saw a blessing in all his sufferings. He persevered in all his difficulties. As the Lord has promised, he will still guide him now that he has gone away from us. We have now been left with a lesson to follow in our own lives. We should remember that all the violence’s in our world today are in fact as a result of our lack of self-giving – a quality that the late Archbishop Spaita had.
In thanksgiving to God for the Eucharist broken and shared out, the choir led the congregation in a song that was sung at Archbishop Spaita’s 50th anniversary of priesthood. Some of the quotes from the song are;
“Thank God after I have run the race
Thank God for my life
Thank God for all my works
Now I wait for the gift God will give me”
In his final speech the Archbishop Chama also gave special gratitude to Fr. Martin Mulenga who cared for the late Archbishop during the last years before he died. The late himself would proudly say “Now that I am blind I have five legs, the two natural legs, the walking stick and the two legs of Fr. Mulenga”. Fr. Mulenga has also given us an example of how priests can look after each other.
The government of the Republic of Zambia (Which is also in mourning at the passing away of the republican president, the late Michael Chilufya Sata) was also well represented at the occasion. Hon Ngosa Simbyakula Minister of Home Affairs spoke on behalf of the large entourage. His speech was very sympathetic and lacked any political tone.
On behalf of the Zambia Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Telesphore George Mpundu gave thanks to all who had come to see off their brother Bishop. He also expressed thanks for the long life of the late Archbishop Spaita. He mentioned that this death was the sowing of a seed and the ushering in of yet another ancestor in the Zambian Church.
The Mother General of the Sisters of Mercy of Mansa read a very moving tribute to the late Archbishop James Mwewa Spaita their founding Father. Here are some extracts;
We mourn but believe you live on
You touch each one of us in single ways
A great man of prayer, humility
Your life speaks unconditional love
No matter what pain, you said ‘cikapita’
In sickness and pain you found a Joy which radiated to others.
Farewell, we know you will live on.
Archbishop Mwewa Spaita was finally put to rest just next to the Cathedral of St. John’s in Kasama.
His motto, “To Serve, Not To Be Served” has now been fulfilled.
He ordained the first six Missionaries of Africa from Kasama Archdiocese, we shall live to remember him.
May he now rest in eternal peace.
Life History of Archbishop James Spaita
Burial ceremony of Archbishop James Spaita, Kasama, Zambia

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November 2014 JCTR – BNB and Press Release – Zambia

JCTR LusakaGreetings from JCTR,
We are happy as always to share with you the end of October 2014 Basic Needs Basket for Lusaka and accompanying Press Release. We hope this information is helpful for you.
Mwiinga Shimilimo (Miss), Media and Information Officer
Press Release, 7th November 2014
As Zambia mourns the passing of the late president H.E Michael Chilufya Sata, it is important to acknowledge the strides made by the late president and the PF government in the area of infrastructure development and efforts to enable workers afford a decent cost of living by implementing the minimum wage and raising the tax free threshold. It goes without saying that the efforts made will go a long way in boosting the positive economic growth that the country has been experiencing for the past 10 years. However for this growth to have lasting benefits it must significantly translate into poverty alleviation for the majority of Zambians that are living in poverty. The high poverty levels of 60.5% living below the poverty line indicate the extent of hardships currently being experienced by households in accessing basic needs and these hardships are much more severe in the rural parts of Zambia where 77.9% of the population are living in poverty.

Un homme et sa mission – Réal Doucet M.Afr

Isabelle LégaréPar Isabelle Légaré, Jounal Le Nouvelliste, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. 8 Novembre 2014.
(Bécancour) Réal Doucet parle sept langues, dont le swahili et le zoulou. À chacune de ses missions en Afrique, il adopte le dialecte du pays. Question de politesse et de survie.
«Quand on connaît la langue d’un peuple, son cœur s’ouvre», soutient le père blanc rencontré entre deux messes qu’il célèbre ces jours-ci à l’église de Saint-Grégoire, à Bécancour. Originaire de Saint-Célestin, Réal Doucet, 66 ans, est en vacances dans la région. Le religieux vient de passer les quatre dernières années dans la République démocratique du Congo et s’apprête à repartir pour trois ans en Afrique du Sud. Il renouera avec le zoulou, une langue… à clics!
Spontanément, le missionnaire se met à prononcer des mots en émettant des sons gutturaux. Le claquement de la langue ou du palais est essentiel pour saisir toutes les nuances du zoulou. Dans la bouche d’un monsieur qui a grandi dans un sympathique village en bordure de l’autoroute 55, le résultat est aussi étrange que fascinant.
Et dire qu’au départ, le missionnaire ne souhaitait pas se raconter en entrevue. «Je m’en voudrais de vous faire perdre votre temps», avait-il prévenu avant – béni soit-il – de se laisser convaincre du contraire. Son apostolat est digne de celui d’un grand aventurier.
Réal Doucet 2014_modifié-1Porté par ses convictions religieuses, Réal Doucet a accepté d’affronter les pires dangers sur un continent qu’on associe trop souvent à des images d’extrême pauvreté, de sécheresse, de famines, de guerres civiles, de pandémies…
Pour le missionnaire, l’Afrique n’est pas que misère. Là comme ici, tout n’est pas noir et tout n’est pas blanc. Le père Doucet se considère même comme un témoin privilégié de sa beauté du monde et de sa richesse spirituelle. Il y retourne toujours avec le plaisir de rentrer chez soi.
Plus jeune, Réal Doucet s’est rendu plusieurs fois dans les villages isolés de la brousse africaine pour partager sa bonne nouvelle et offrir un coup de main. Jamais le missionnaire ne s’est fait piquer par les nombreux serpents croisés sur sa route, pas plus qu’il s’est retrouvé nez à nez avec les lions dont il pouvait entendre les rugissements en écho. «Dieu est grand», sourit celui qui a cependant été gravement affecté par l’hépatite A, communément appelé jaunisse. Cette fois-là, M. Doucet a eu peur de mourir, mais pas autant qu’en avril 1994, lorsqu’il s’est retrouvé au Rwanda plongé en plein cauchemar.
Le sourire bienveillant du missionnaire s’efface. Des larmes coulent malgré lui. Vingt ans se sont écoulés depuis ce génocide où le père Doucet a fui de justesse la violence barbare des Hutus. Assis sur son lit, le père blanc a entendu, terrorisé, les coups de massue dans la porte d’une maison où il avait trouvé refuge avec d’autres prêtres et des religieuses dont certaines, d’origine tutsi, étaient menacées d’être enlevées puis tuées.
«Des soldats hutus sont arrivés à temps pour nous sortir de là et nous escorter jusque dans les bureaux diocésains, en haut d’une colline», raconte M. Doucet qui a assisté impuissant à des gestes de vandalisme, a accueilli des hommes et des femmes blessés à coups de machette et, surtout, a vu la rage meurtrière dans les yeux de la foule.
«Nous étions comme dans un film, mais c’était bien réel. Il n’y avait aucune possibilité de s’en sortir. On se préparait à mourir», poursuit le missionnaire qui a prié Dieu et sa propre mère alors décédée pour échapper à ce massacre dont les images le hantent encore, parfois, après toutes ces années.
Lorsqu’on évoque la force en lui, le père blanc rétorque en murmurant: «Non. Je suis très émotif…»
Le missionnaire n’a jamais pensé plier bagage pour revenir chez lui, à Saint-Célestin. Aujourd’hui encore, il refuse de condamner les acteurs de cette tuerie sans nom. «Quand on connaît la situation là-bas…», laisse-t-il tomber, songeur.
Et à ceux qui, devant de telles horreurs, remettent en question l’existence d’un Dieu juste et bon, le missionnaire répond simplement: «Dieu fait ce qu’il peut et pleure aussi avec les gens.»
D’un positivisme à rude épreuve, Réal Doucet préfère s’attarder sur les scènes d’entraide auxquelles il a pu assister durant cette période sombre de l’histoire africaine. «Des Hutus ont protégé des Tutsis. Certains ont caché des enfants», souligne le père blanc qui dont le dernier mandat consistait à œuvrer auprès de futurs prêtres dans un centre universitaire de théologie de Kinshasa, capitale de la République démocratique du Congo.
À compter de janvier prochain, il occupera des fonctions similaires, cette fois, en Afrique du Sud, pour une période d’environ trois ans.
«En Afrique, notre relève est composée de 490 jeunes hommes âgés de 20 à 35 ans. La grande majorité d’entre eux souhaitent devenir prêtres», précise celui qui, vacances ou non, a déjà hâte de les retrouver pour leur enseigner à devenir à leur tour des messagers d’espoir, et ce, dans la haine comme dans la paix.
Le père blanc pourrait aussi leur partager ce qu’il a écrit dans son cahier de finissants de 1968 du Séminaire de Nicolet, alors qu’il se savait déjà futur missionnaire: «La vie, c’est une recherche du bonheur et consiste à faire, d’une façon extraordinaire, les choses ordinaires de la vie.»

Burial ceremony of Archbishop James Spaita, Kasama, Zambia

James-Spaita copieA vigil Mass for Archbishop James Spaita took place on Thursday 6th November 2014 at 18 hours, in the Cathedral of St Johns, Kasama. The Funeral Mass and burial was at the Cathedral of St. Johns, Kasama on Friday 7th November.
Let us all join together in praying for this great pastor and servant of God in the Zambian Church.
May he rest in perfect peace.
Christopher Chileshe, M.Afr
Saturday Post
Kasama Diocese Archbishop Ignatius Chama urges politicians not to tear Zambia apart –
By Salim Dawood in Kasama   |   Updated: 08 Nov, 2014
Archbishop Ignatius Chama copieDo not tear the country to pieces because of the desire to become president, Kasama Diocese Archbishop Ignatius Chama has told politicians. Speaking during the burial ceremony of Archbishop James Spaita at St John’s Catholic grounds yesterday, Archbishop Chama said the country could only be ruled by one elected person at a time. “Now let me turn to my friends, the politicians, I appeal to you to lead us in common desire to be ruled by an elected president after the death of Michael Sata, the president of our country,” he said. “The country can only be ruled by one candidate at a time, so allow us to have a president that is elected in a peaceful, free and fair election without tearing this country into pieces.” Archbishop Chama said politicians must allow eligible Zambians to vote for a candidate they wanted without intimidation. Archbishop Chama also thanked the government for the support during the funeral of Archbishop Spaita.  And speaking on behalf of government, home affairs minister Dr Ngosa Simbyakula described the death of Archbishop Spaita as a double tragedy because of the death of president Sata. “Government deeply mourns the late Archbishop whose death came to us with deep shock. We shall miss him as a caring shepherd for his priests and Christians in Kasama and the country. We interacted well with him and took advice from him on many issues concerning the development of the country,” said Dr Simbyakula. Archbishop Spaita who died on November 4 aged 80 was buried yesterday within the St John’s Catholic grounds. Among those who attended the burial were mines minister Christopher Yaluma, commerce deputy minister Miles Sampa, Eastern Province minister Malozo Sichone and his Northern Province counterpart Freedom Sikazwe. Others were FDD president Edith Nawakwi, ABZ president Frank Bwalya, NRP president Cosmo Mumba, Kasama member or parliament, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and his Kabwata counterpart Given Lubinda. Meanwhile, Sampa and 11 others, including this reporter, were yesterday forced to make an emergency landing after their chartered plane developed a mechanical fault mid-air. The Lusaka-bound plane was returning from Kasama where government officials attended Archbishop Spaita’s burial. The pilot Steven Terblance said he was not sure what caused the fault as nothing of that nature had ever occurred in his seven-year flying experience. One of the engines on the Nkwazi Air-charter aircraft failed 10 minutes after take-off from Kasama Airport. After realising the failure, the pilot U-turned to Kasama on one engine where he made an emergency landing. Those on the plane included Lusaka lawyer Anthony Kasolo, Cosmo Mumba and some journalists.
See more at: http://www.postzambia.com/news.php?id=3843#sthash.4S1zjf9r.dpuf

Ongoing construction at the Preparatory Centre in Chipata, Zambia Updates November 2014

Prephase Chipata 06-11-2014 09 - CopyOngoing construction at the Preparatory Centre in Chipata, Zambia. Updates November 2014 in pictures.

Looking around; René Garand and Jean-Luc Gouiller.

See also the surrounding hills. Nice view indeed!

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Ongoing construction at the Preparatory Centre in Chipata, Zambia
Ground work at the Preparatory Centre in Chipata, Zambia

Dave Cullen; Hospital Chaplain in Chipata

Dave Cullen - Chipata Hospital 2014 06 copieDave Cullen is currently the Hospital Chaplain in Chipata, doing a remarkable work every day in the afternoon walking throughout the wards to pray with the sick. The establishment looks pretty good and large. Dave updates his list of sick patients and provides spiritual assistance with the help of Patricia, a lay volunteer. Here are some pictures of Dave in action moving up and down the aisles and stairs of the hospital.
Thanks to you Dave for your beautiful ministry.

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Kalongwezi community as it has been during the last years

Kalongwezi community 2014Henk van Kessek 2014 JPGDuring the last years, we have most of the time been four or five members in the Kalongwezi community. Henk van Kessel, Dutch, 88 years old, is the unwearied and uncontested Archivist of the Diocese. He has also been the Chicewa/Chinyanja language professor for quite a long time, a job which regularly bounces back.
Dave Cullen 2014 PNGAfter the departure of Edgar Pillet in 2012, at 78, for retirement in France, Dave Cullen, English, of the same age, came to replace him as Chaplain of the Regional Hospital nearby, and, like Edgar also, he gives a help to the Marriage Encounter groups. He also does some visits to the local Prison. Both Henk and Dave go to St Monica’s Secondary School for Masses during the week.
Jean-Luc Gouiller 2014 JPGJean-Luc Gouiller, 78, French, who is linked with some groups of the Christian Agricultural and Rural Adult Movement. He has also been asked to update the demarcations and the title deeds of the various places held by the Diocese of Chipata throughout the Province, a work very much tied with the delicate land issue. He also takes part in some vocation work as do the other members of the community.
Joe McMeninmem 2014 JPGJoe Mc Menamin, Irish, 74, joined us after several years of missionary animation in Ireland. He replaced Edgar Pillet who was also a curate at the Mary Mother of God Parish of Nabvutika, a big compound of Chipata. After some time Joe became and still is the Parish Priest of that very parish.
Halen Kerketta  2014 JPGThe stagiaire Halen Kerketta, from India, is finishing his first year of Stage. He has some activities with the Youth Team of the Diocese and some others in Nabvutika Parish.
René-Garand-2014 JPGBrother René Garand, coming from South Africa, is joining the community and will supervise or follow up the construction work on the site of the new Preformation Centre.

Need good legs to be the Parish Priest of Nabvutika! Zambia

Nabvutika 2014 15By Fr.  Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr  
Mary Mother of God Parish is situated at Nabvutika (the name means, “I suffer”) a very poor compound on the northwest outskirt of Chipata. Zambia.
About 15000 people live there without any land or the possibility of having even a vegetable garden. The soil is rocky and the slope of the mountain nearby is unproductive. Everyone needs to find ways to get some income to survive. Side roads and local markets are full of vendors selling vegetable, charcoal, etc. brought from Malawi through the mountains and other areas. Life is tough, especially for sick and old people. The town of Chipata, which hopes to become a ‘city’, provides electricity and water for those who can afford but no health clinic is available.
I was privileged to walk around part of the compound with Fr Joe Mc Menamin the Parish Priest and a group of dedicated women. The compound starts from the crossing gate leading to the church. The last remaining few hundred meters or so of the road leading to town is in bad condition and impassable during the rain season. Soon, we entered into a house to greet an old women who is partially paralysed following a stroke. Then, we move on through small and crooked paths to greet more people.
 The houses are small and poorly constructed. The Parish is involved in building a house for poor widows; a pre-school and clinic for the people in the compound. From there, we stopped at Anastasio Kolowa Banda’s house; a tiny shack with thatch roof. Old but quite alert, Anastasio, having lived some years in Tanzania speaks Kiswahili better than the local language. We exchanged few words in Swahili to the amazement of the women walking with us.
After a long stride, just before going back to the church, we stopped to see Maria Kabwe, Bemba speaker. I fell on my back while trying to sit on a small stool put on the slight slope facing Amai Maria. The neighbour quickly brought me a chair. Greeting her was very nice. Her vision is restricted because of cataracts but her mind is clear and her character cheerful. She like so many others is totally dependent on the St Vincent de Paul organization for material support, food etc.
 Joe walks through the compound each and every day. Indeed, he needs good legs to be the Parish Priest of Nabvutika. His mission is challenging and inspiring. He is assisted by a diocesan priest for weekdays and Sunday Masses.
Situated at ten kilometres from the new Formation Centre for the Missionaries of Africa, Nabvutika offers an ideal place for pastoral work for forthcoming candidates of the Missionaries of Africa.

Many thanks to Joe, a truly good fellow … with good legs!

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Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 2 novembre 2014

cropped-mafrwestafrica-02.jpgAujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site www.mafrwestafrica.net :
Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Messe en mémoire de Michel Tremblais » à la Maison Lavigerie -Ouagadougou – le 18 octobre 2014. (lire la suite) 
« Jubilé à Zinder au Niger. » : la paroisse de Zinder étant la paroisse “Sainte Thérèse de l’Enfant Jésus”, dont la fête est célébrée le 1er octobre, c’est à cette date qu’a commencé l’année jubilaire de la paroisse. (lire la suite) 
« Nouvel archevêque de Niamey » : Monseigneur Laurent Lompo, évêque auxiliaire depuis le 9 juin 2013, vient d’être nommé archevêque de Niamey et remplacera Mgr Michel Cartagéguy à la tête du diocèse (lire la suite) 
« Echos du Conseil Provincial » : la dernière réunion du Conseil Provincial de la P.A.O. s’est tenue à Ouagadougou du 14 au 23 octobre 2014. (lire la suite) 
« Conclusions du synode sur la famille » le 18 octobre, un texte a été publié sur le site Zenit du Vatican, avec les orientations données par le synode, ainsi qu’un message du pape suite à ces conclusions. (lire la suite) 
« Les statistiques des candidats chez les M.Afr. », chiffres qui viennent d’être publiés dans sur le sitewww.mafrome.org. (lire la suite)
Etant donné la situation actuelle du Burkina Faso, nous ne sommes pas encore en mesure de donner des informations précises et durables. Une recherche sur internet permet de suivre l’évolution des choses au jour le jour.
Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :
« Les rayures du zèbre » un article paru dans « Voix d’Afrique » au sujet d’un film qui parle du recrutement des joueurs de football en Afrique (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :
« Ouverture de l’IFIC » à Bamako. L’Institut de Formation Islamo Chrétienne, vient en effet d’ouvrir ses portes pour l’année 2014-2015 (lire la suite) 
« Lettre du diocèse de Laghouat Ghardaia ». du mois d’octobre 2014, lettre rédigée comme à l’accoutumée par Mgr Claude Rault, évêque du lieu. (lire la suite) 
« Quelques extraits du bulletin n° 95 de l’ARCRE », lequel bulletin a été envoyé dans sa totalité le 30 octobre 2014 à tous les abonnés. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :
« Mission au Brésil », un texte écrit par le Père Serge Moussa Traoré, originaire d la P.A.O., et qui vit sa mission dans ce pays d’Amérique du sud. (lire la suite) 
« Famille et vocations ». Merci à Vincent Kiye, étudiant à Abidjan, qui nous a fait parvenir le texte d’une conférence qu’il vient de donner au CFMA (Centre de Formation Missionnaire d’Abidjan). (lire la suite)