From the Nyasa Times, Malawi Breaking online news source, January 16, 2015
The Catholic Secretariat of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) regrets to announce the death of His Lordship Joseph Mukasa Zuza, Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu and Chairman for ECM. Bishop Zuza was involved in a road accident in Chikangawa and passed on at Saint John Hospital on 15th January 2015.
Requiem mass for his repose shall be held on Monday, 19th January 2015, at St Peters Cathedral in Mzuzu, starting from 10.00 AM. Burial shall be held at Katoto, near the bishop’s house.
His Excellency, The Most Reverend Archbishop Julio Murat, The Apostolic Nuncio for Malawi and Zambia will preside the Requiem mass.
Right Reverend Zuza was born on 22 October 1955 at Malembo Village, T.A. Chief Mbelwa, Mzimba District; ordained priest on 25 July 1982; appointed Bishop of Mzuzu on 9th March 1995 and consecrated on 6th May 1995.
Bishop Zuza has held several positions in the Church on local and regional (AMECEA) level. On local level, he once served as Vice Chairman of ECM; Chairman for Justice and Peace Commission (CCJP); Chairman for Education Commission; Chairman for the Mixed Commission. On regional level he once served as Malawi Delegate in the AMECEA Executive Board; Chairman of AMECEA Staffing Committee (2008 – 2011);
As Chairman for ECM Right Rev. Joseph Mukasa Zuza has died while serving as Chancelor of the Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA). On Saturday, 10th January, Bishop Zuza inaugurated the Jubilee Year for Kachebere Major Seminary.
Father Julien Cormier, Provincial of the Americas, informs you of the death of Father Oswald Payant, M. Afr. He died on January 15, 2015, in Sherbrooke (Canada), at the age of 100 years of which 74 of missionary life in Zambia and Canada.
Let us pray for the repose of his soul.
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Greetings from South-Africa! Hoping you have all entered very well in the New Year. I am Martin Somda stagiaire in Henley parish, South Africa. I would like to let you know that I will be doing the renewal of my declaration of intent on the coming Sunday the 18th January. It will be done at the parish in the presence of the confrères around and parishioners. Phillipe Docq, Delegate Superior of South Africa Sector, will be the one receiving my renewal of declaration of intent. I recommend myself to your prayers as elders in the M.Afr Society and support for a fruitful time of formation.
Martin Somda, Stagiaire, Henley parish, South Africa
Families of the Lay Association of the Missionaries of Africa in Zambia, MIMSAF, came together to celebrate their annual event “Family Day” on 3rd January 2015 at St Lawrence Parish, Lusaka where Fr. Toon van Kessel is Parish Priest. The occasion was prayerful and educative. Day activities included Mass which was celebrated by the Provincial, Fr. Christopher Chileshe and concelebrated by Fr. Mark Nsanzurwimo and MIMSAF Chaplain Fr. Owino D. Vitalis.
Input on the mission of the Missionaries of Africa facilitated by the Provincial Fr. Christopher Chileshe. “In 2010, he said, we described ourselves as “Men of hope”; we meditate on Christ’s incarnation and are inspired by Him to proclaim and promote a better world”. He described the mission around two themes. Encounter / Dialogue with cultures different from Christianity (ED) and Justice and Peace, Integrity of Creation (JPIC). The input was described as being very informative and gave a better understanding of what the Missionaries of Africa are involved in”.
The provincial also reminded and invited the MIMSAF Family to join the Religious in celebrating the year of Consecrated life which has been declared by Pope Francis. The Launch for Lusaka Archdiocese is scheduled for 7th February, 2015 at the Marian Shrine and MIMSAF was encouraged to take part.