The Invitation of the DACB Seminar


Peter Mutasha 2013By Peter Mutasha

On 8th April, 2015, I attended a seminar on the Dictionary of African Christian Biography (DACB) at Justo Mwale University in Lusaka. The seminar was facilitated by the Director of the project (DACB) Professor Jonathan Bonk from Canada. The attendees were a variety of religious leaders from different Christian denominations, representatives of organisations, university Professors and students. The focus was mainly to present the Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

This dictionary, which is an international online database, is a biography of African Christian leaders (clergy, catechist and lay people) and Christians who have contributed to the laying of the Christian foundation, shaped the character and propagated for its growth in Africa. And the reason for doing this is to “advance a scholarly understanding of African Christianity” which in the paraphrased words of Professor Bonk is scarcely available in many universities in Africa but more especially in the western world.

The biographies of these African Christians are categorised according to their country of origin. And according to the database presentation of Zambia, few stories of those committed Christians were reflected and moreover little about Catholic African Christians has been written. The Professor appealed to the Catholic community that more should be written about those people who significantly participated in the evangelisation of Christianity in Zambia. For me the appear was sincere and besides the Catholic Church has been a mainline Christian church in Zambia since 1891; during this epoch there have been significant figures who have enhanced the expansion of Catholicism. Such are the people the seminar encouraged that we write about them.

We concluded our seminar with wonderful sneaks and though the group of attendees was small (at least 20), the presentation and participation from the audience created an enthralling intellectual discursive atmosphere.

DACB logoFor those who would like to contribute to this biography or want more information; you can visit: www.DACB.org

It is available in Français, Português and Kiswahili.

Together in the eradication of modern slavery – Day of recollection


Recollection-25-05-2015-bThe Missionaries of Africa in Lusaka, Sisters, Brothers and Priests, gathered for a day recollection on Monday the 25th May 2015 under the theme: together in the eradication of modern slavery. Prayers, sharing from the Word of God of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 30-33) and the inspiring presentation of todays’ slavery in the world given by Jacek Rakowski, gave us the opportunity to remind ourselves that modern slavery is widespread all over the world. This form of abuse is incompatible with our dignity as children of God. The root causes are many; poverty, lack of education, corruption, conflicts, violence and criminality. The global scale of slavery is calling for a global answer whereby governments, business people, international organisations and so on have a crucial role to play in the fight against modern slavery. As Christians, we fight also for our common fraternity.
Traffickhing sheet logoThe recollection took place at Retreat and Renewal Centre of Assisi House situated on the compound of St. Bonaventure University College in Lusaka. This College offers Diploma in Psycho-Spirituality and Religious Studies under the care of the Franciscan Spiritual Family.

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Our New SAP Provincial – Stanley Lubungo


Stanislas_LubunboDear Confreres,

Greetings from Woodlands.

I bring you good news! We have a new Provincial Superior for our dear Province! The Superior General has appointed Stanley Lubungo as our new Provincial from 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2018.

I would like to say a big CONGRATULATION to all of you for your voice and participation in this appointment. Congratulations also to Stan for accepting the appointment, indeed the wish of the confreres in the province.

One of the values we have maintained in our mega province is that of our closeness to Christ and the good will to do his mission together as confreres. During the recent consultation this was clearly expressed through your patience, respect and the fraternal advices you shared.

As we move into the next era of our beloved province my wish is that we continue in this same spirit especially during the period that the new leadership will be getting into place and settling down. Christ never fails, as long as we remain united with him, our province will also continue to excel.

Congratulations to all and God bless you.

Fraternally,

 Christopher Chileshe

Invitation to the Priestly ordination of Kitha Makambi Paul, Karonga, Malawi


Paul Kitha Ordination card 2015The Bishop of Karonga Diocese,

His Lordship Martin A. Mtumbuka, the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), Mr and Mrs Kitha’s family and relatives are very glad to invite you to the Priestly ordination of their son Kitha Makambi Paul, on 1st August 2015 at 9:30am at Karonga.

Thanksgiving Mass will be held on Sunday 2nd August 2015 at St. Steven’s Parish Kasantha at 9:30am

The Society of the Missionaries of Africa expresses its gratitude for the Spiritual, Moral and material support you give to the newly ordained who will be going soon to his country of Mission.

Death of Father Clement Alekwe, 16th May 2015


From Fr. Dominic Apee, Provincial of Ghana-Nigeria Province

Clement_AlekweWith regret, we inform you of the return to the Lord of Father Clement Alekwe. He died on May 16th, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenyaat the age of 55 years, of which 23 of missionary life in Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania.

We woke up this morning to the very sad news of the death of our brother Clement Alekwe. He died in Nairobi early this morning 16th May 2015. In March he celebrated his 55th Birthday in Arusha.

In fact Clement has been ill for some time now. He went to India for medical care, and after a few months was brought back to Nairobi where he has since been following treatment.

Please pray for Clement and his family. No funeral arrangements yet. I would like to thank the Provincial and all the confreres in EAP (Nairobi) and also the confreres in India for the loving care they showed Clement during his sickness.

May he rest in peace.

Note: Father Alekwe was a member of the formation team in Lua-Luo, Kasama between 2010 and 2012.

From Nairobi:

clement_alekwe01Clement Alekwe passed away in Nairobi on 16th May 2015. He had been struggling with cancer for some time. During the last three years of his life he was a formator at St Mbaaga SFC. During this time he was receiving treatment in Nairobi – and when that failed he went to Bangalore. But unfortunately his cancer was too far advanced and he chose to return to Africa. He wished to end his days in Nairobi where he had worked for six years in the parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace. It was there that the funeral mass took place. 

His body was brought to the church on Wednesday 20th May at 18.00 hours and in the presence of a large group of confreres- from Nairobi, including all the candidates from the 4th phase formation house, from Arusha and Dar es Salaam, parishioners and religious, Fr Martin Onyango, the parish priest of Our lady Queen of Peace, celebrated the Eucharist. This was followed by an over-night vigil. Some people from the parish remained in the church throughout the night, singing and praying. 

The funeral mass was presided the next day by Fr Charles Obanya, the provincial superior of EAP. The homily was given by Fr Victor Shehu, a fellow Nigerian confrere. He had worked as a stagiaire together with Clement in that parish. At the end of Mass eulogies were given by Fr Felix Phiri (Nairobi sector superior), Clement’s cousin brother (who had come to Nairobi from Nigeria together with Clement’s younger brother), by Dave Sullivan of St Mbaaga SFC, by the provincial of EAP and by representatives of the parish, of the archdiocese and of the “Lavigerie Family”. 

Clement was then taken to St Austin’s cemetery where, surrounded by his confreres and friends, he was laid to rest. In this cemetery he is in the company of about six other Missionaries of Africa.

Dave Sullivan, M.Afr, St Mbaaga SFC, Arusha

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Entre les mailles de Boko Haram


Entre les mailles de Boko HaramThis article was written by a Canadian journalist about the situation our confreres are facing in Nigeria. It is good to know what newspapers are printing about us, as missionaries.

Par Mylène Moisan du journal La Presse+ Édition du 17 mai 2015, Section Actualité.

Quand Cyriaque Mounkoro est arrivé au Nigeria, il se demandait bien comment diable il allait parvenir à faire quoi que ce soit dans ce pays grugé par la corruption et la violence. Il ne se disait pas diable, mais plutôt bon Dieu. Le monsieur est un missionnaire, malien, père blanc, très gentil.

C’était en 2002, il venait d’être ordonné à Londres. « Mon premier choix, ce n’était pas le Nigeria. J’avais peur, comme les autres. » Il a rejoint deux autres missionnaires parachutés là pour faire du bien, peu importe comment.

La même année, Mohamed Yusuf fondait Boko Haram. Personne ne se méfiait, il y avait au pays des dizaines de milliers de prédicateurs comme lui.

Le Nigeria était déjà un invraisemblable bourbier : 170 millions d’habitants, 250 ethnies, 500 langues, le sud chrétien, le nord, musulman. « La première chose qui m’a frappé, c’est l’intégrisme religieux, autant chez les chrétiens que chez les musulmans. Il y avait des conflits entre les chrétiens modérés et les chrétiens intégristes, entre les chrétiens et les musulmans, et entre les musulmans modérés et les musulmans intégristes. »

Et Cyriaque, avec son col romain, au milieu de tout ça.

Il a écrit à son supérieur, non pas pour lui dire de le sortir de là au plus vite, mais pour lui dire exactement le contraire. « Je lui ai écrit que le Nigeria, c’était la meilleure expérience pour un missionnaire. C’est une zone de fractures, et elles sont multiples. Comme il y a des problèmes partout, il y a quelque chose à faire partout. »

Le genre de gars à voir le verre au tiers plein.

Cyriaque aurait pu se planter dans son église à Ibadan et attendre que les gens viennent l’entendre faire ses sermons sur l’importance de se parler, de faire fi des différences, des religions, des langues, des ethnies.

Il est facile de prêcher à des convertis.

Cyriaque a plutôt envoyé une lettre à Washington, où les Missionnaires d’Afrique ont un bureau de développement – je traduis littéralement « Development Office » –, qui finance toutes sortes de projets des missionnaires sur le terrain. Cyriaque voulait s’attaquer à un autre problème insoluble du pays, l’accès à l’eau potable.

Plus du tiers des Nigérians n’y ont pas accès. Ça donne 63 millions de personnes, et environ 4 % des enfants de moins de cinq ans qui meurent de dysenterie. En 2014, Boko Haram a sauvagement tué plus de 4000 personnes. Le manque d’eau et les épouvantables conditions d’hygiène, 73 000.

Cyriaque a eu une idée.

« Je me suis servi du financement de projets pour promouvoir le dialogue. Pour qu’un projet soit accepté, il fallait que les gens de la communauté s’assoient ensemble et qu’ils parviennent à un consensus. »

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Pas de consensus, pas d’eau.

« Si la demande venait d’un seul groupe, elle était refusée. La population devait surmonter les différences ethniques et religieuses, et se mettre d’accord pour établir un programme d’entretien et de rentabilité. Je leur disais : si vous voulez de l’eau, vous devez vous parler. Des fois, ça pouvait prendre six mois, neuf mois, un an, juste pour qu’ils arrivent à s’asseoir ensemble. »

Ils ont réussi 25 fois, un peu partout au pays, au nord comme au sud. « En faisant ça, je n’ai pas besoin de leur parler pendant une heure de l’amour du prochain. Les grands discours préparés avec soin sur le dialogue, sur l’importance de combattre la corruption, ça porte moins de fruits que ça… »

C’est une goutte d’eau dans une mare de sang.

Dans un rapport qu’il a produit pour le bureau de Washington qui a financé les 25 projets, Cyriaque en profite pour poser un diagnostic sur le pays. « Dans l’histoire du Nigeria, le tribalisme, la religion et la politique ont été les trois vers qui ont affaibli l’unité de la société. » Et qui ont engendré Boko Haram.

Ainsi, pendant que les quelques pères blancs faisaient forer des puits, Boko Haram a éliminé 13 000 personnes et en a fait fuir 1,5 million. Cyriaque et les autres missionnaires ont dû composer avec la mort – et surtout la peur – que le groupe semait sur son passage. « En 2013, on devait ordonner un père dans un village. Une semaine avant, des gens sont venus brûler le village et égorger les chrétiens… »

Les membres de Boko Haram ne sont plus vraiment regardants, ils tuent aussi les musulmans qui ne sont pas des fous d’Allah. « Quand des musulmans sont tués, les gens prennent conscience que ce n’est pas juste contre les chrétiens. Il y a des leaders qui commencent à se lever… »

Cyriaque était de passage à Québec récemment pour une retraite. Il a quitté le pays en août dernier, après 13 ans. « Je pars avec deux sentiments contradictoires. Le premier, c’est que les Nigérians sont de nature très chaleureuse, ils sont très généreux et ils ont un sens de l’hospitalité incroyable. Mais, en même temps, il y a un niveau inouï d’insécurité, du banditisme, des gens qu’on égorge comme des animaux, pour l’argent ou pour Dieu. »

Cyriaque a été kidnappé en décembre 2008 par une douzaine de jeunes. Il a été chanceux, c’était pour l’argent. Quand c’est pour Dieu, ça ne pardonne pas.

Launch of “the year of consecrated life and integral development” at Marian Shrine, 7th February 2015


Marian Shrine event 27By Prudentia Mumbi and Theresa Sikateyo

It was wonderful to see Missionaries of Africa (M.Afr), Missionaries Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (MSOLA), and Missionaries with Missionaries of Africa (MIMSAF) at one corner explaining to the many Catholic Priests and Religious and the Laity what our charism, vision and mission is. The exhibit side of MIMSAF was placed between M.Afr and MSOLA. Prudentia Mumbia, Theresa Sikateyo, Phillip Chimponda and our Chaplain Fr. Vitalis Dero Owino represented all members of MIMSAF.

 “If we will not document it, it will be difficult to show that we participated in the launch of the year’s theme: The Year of Consecrated Life and Integral Development Held at Marian Shrine”.

It sounded like impossible when the Provincial Fr. Christopher Chileshe challenged MIMSAF to position itself in the works of the Missionaries of Africa especially during the launch of the year’s theme where all congregations were expected to participate and show case their charisms.  

The day was characterized by talks from Priests, Religious and the Laity. In addition to the talk’s there were exhibitions of what each congregation is involved in trying to explain their charism and how they translated their charism to the theme of the year. One could pick a number of touching phrases to learn from as each speaker spoke: * Origin of Consecrated Life; bear witness, put lives at the service, rooted in the Trinity. * Like Christ in the Kingdom of God “for to me to live is Christ” Phil 1. * Jesus example of obedience – Doing the will of God. * Look at the past with gratitude. * Live the present with passion. * Embrace the future with hope. * Translate the gospel into a particular way of life. * Reflect on our charisms; look at the difficulties, challenges and learn from them; confess to the Church, ourselves and the people we serve. * Examine our fidelity to the Mission entrusted to us. * As ministers be in tuned to what our founders had. * Passion for Humanity and Christ * listening to what the Spirit is saying to us today.

Challenges were outlined: * Openness to be challenged by the gospel. * Live radically and sincerity. * Jesus our first and only love. * Decreasing vocation; economic and globalization. Let’s not blame one another but we have to be together and dialogue.

What is the source of our joy?

God is enough for me (St. Teresa of Avila). * Authenticity; another source of our joy. * What am I supposed to do?

The exhibitions were colorful and very educative.

Link: Launching of the year dedicated to consecrated life – Marian Shrine – Lusaka, February 07, 2015

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Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 16 mai 2015


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 » :

« Baobab Echos n° 22 », la dernière publication du bulletin de la Province de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, de mai 2015, qui donne de nombreuses nouvelles. (lire la suite) 

« Lettre de Laghouat Ghardaia mai 2015» la dernière édition de la lettre de ce diocèse d’Algérie dont l’évêque est Mgr Claude Rault, Missionnaire d’Afrique. (lire la suite) 

« Réunion des recteurs de maisons de formation», laquelle réunion s’est terminée à Rome il y a un mois. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :

« Soeurs Burkinabè en Algérie » : la congrégation des Soeurs de Notre Dame du Lac, fondée par le Père Alain Gayet en 1967, est en mission en Algérie. (lire la suite) 

« Publications intéressantes », – Trois livres parus récemment sont brièvement décrits dans l’article qui suit. (lire la suite) 

« Acolytat à Merrivale » le groupe de communication de cette maison de formation qui se trouve en Afrique du Sud témoigne de cet engagement vécu particulièrement par six des étudiants. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :

« Une vie de rencontre, un témoignage de foi » où le Père Hannon partage son vécu dans le domaine du dialogue avec l’islam. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » :

« Comment réagir aux migrations ? » cette question est posée présentement à tous les pays d’Europe, et une solution commune est pour l’instant loin d’être trouvée. (lire la suite) 

« De quelle laïcité parlons-nous ? » quelques articles proposés sur ce thème qui est d’une grande actualité, que ce soit dans nos pays d’Europe ou ailleurs. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :

« Les convictions d’un évêque africain », un texte paru dans le dernier numéro de Voix d’Afrique du mois de mars 2015. (lire la suite)

Installation to the ministry of Acolyte, Merrivale, South Africa


Ministry of Acolyte SA May 2015 10By Robbin Simbeye

Six students in their second year of theology became Acolytes on the 2nd May 2015. Fr. Réal Doucet, the Rector, welcomed Bishop Bucher, Emeritus of Bethlehem Diocese, and the assembly. Fr. Doucet acknowledged the simplicity and availability of Bishop Bucher.

At the beginning of Mass, Robbin Simbeye and Douglas Ogato described briefly the missionary experience of each candidate. Then, Fr. Quinbert Kinunda presented the six candidates to the Bishop.

In his homily, Bishop Baucher urged the assembly and each new acolyte to be open to innovative challenges such as starting new areas of mission in Asia. Listening to the beautiful melodies sang by the students, he praised the internationality and cultural diversity of the Missionaries of Africa.

Before the final blessing, Daniel Iraguha gave a brief speech on behalf of the newly Acolytes. He gave a vote of thanks to the main celebrant quoting him saying that the Missionaries of Africa are radical when it comes to follow Christ.

The Holy Mass ended with the ‘Sancta Maria’ hymn followed with a joyful gathering in the dining room.

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Death of Father Antonio José Molina Molina in Murcia, Spain – May 11, 2015


antonio_molina_molina copieFew appointments at the beginning of his missionary life in Mozambique between 1955 and 1971:

03/10/1955: Learn Portuguese in Lisbon Portugal.
01/08/1956: Curate. He studied Chisena in Murraça, Mozambique.
14/03/1958: Teacher at the Seminary in Zobue.
18/09/1958: Vocation animation in Madrid, España.
01/09/1962: Back to Mozambique.
08/07/1963: Teacher and Bursar at the Seminary in Zobue. 
25/09/1969: Teacher and Bursar at Nazaré, Beira, Mozambique.
25/05/1971: Expulsed from Mozambique.

Father Antonio died at the age of 83 years old. He was also in Brazil, Bukina Faso and Belgium before retiring in Spain. May he rest in peace!

To the bishops of Mozambique: always live among the faithful


Episcopal Conference of Mozambique at the VaticanVatican City, 9 May 2015 (VIS) – The bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique were received this morning by the Pope at the end of their “ad Limina” visit. In the written discourse that he handed to them during the audience, he first recalls Jesus’ question to the apostle Peter: “Do you love me?”, and before the latter’s affirmative response He asked him to be the shepherd to His flock. Christ, Who made Himself poor for us, requires of the bishops the same love for their own flock, along with their full availability and complete commitment. He calls them to set aside false presumptions in order to “wash the feet of those the Lord has entrusted to us”.

Francis goes on to emphasise that in the pastoral ministry of the bishops, priests occupy a very special role as “if God sends us to love our neighbour, the closest neighbours of a bishop are the priests, indispensable collaborators”, for whom they must always keep their “heart, hand and door” open. “Time spent with them is never wasted”, he remarks. The Pope also comments that the fruitfulness of the episcopal and priestly mission cannot be measured by the number of collaborators, the prestige of the institution, or the quantity of resources available. Instead, what counts is “being pervaded with Christ’s love, allowing oneself to be led by the Holy Spirit, and grafting one’s own existence onto the tree of life, which is the Cross of the Lord”. From St. Paul, “insuperable model of the Christian missionary, we know that this means trying to conform to Jesus in His death to participate in His resurrection”. In his ministry the apostle “experienced suffering, weakness and defeat, but also joy and consolation”. “Jesus’ paschal ministry is the heart of the mission of the Church”, affirms Francis. “If you abide in this mystery, you will be protected both from a worldly and triumphalist vision of the mission, and the disappointment that may arise when faced with trials and failures”.

“However, will there continue to be missionaries like Paul, men and women holding on to Christ’s cross, denuded of everything so as to be able to embrace the Whole?”, asks the Pope. “We must rejoice for these men and women totally consecrated to Christ”. He highlights that the witness of men and women religious in Mozambique, who devote themselves to assisting the poor, to the education of abandoned children, and helping those experiencing all kinds of hardship. He also praises the “heroic dedication” of many doctors and nurses, priests and nuns, who work in clinics and hospitals, and he invites the bishops to thank them, underlining the importance of the inclusion of religious communities in diocesan life. “They are not merely reserve material for the diocese, but rather, charisms that enrich”, he stressed.

Episcopal Conference of Mozambique in MOZThe Pope exhorts the prelates to live among their faithful, also in the peripheries of their dioceses and in particular in the “existential peripheries”, where there is suffering, loneliness and human degradation, as “a bishop who lives among his faithful keeps his ears open to listen to what the Spirit says to the Churches and to the voice of his sheep”. He also notes the importance of the diocesan bodies which have the task of advising the bishops and assisting them “through the promotion of loyal and constructive dialogue: presbyteral council, pastoral council, council of economic affairs. It is unthinkable for a bishop not to count on these diocesan bodies. This also means being with the people. I also think at this point of your duty to reside in the diocese: listen to what your people want, what they want to see in their bishop, walk with them, stay close to them. You need this presence to live and, in a certain sense, to breathe”.

“The pastors and the faithful of Mozambique need to further develop a culture of encounter”, the Pope observes. “Jesus asks only one thing: that you go out in search of the neediest”. Among these, he mentions the victims of the natural disasters that recently sowed destruction, suffering and death throughout the country, thus increasing the number of displaced persons and refugees. “These people need us to share in their suffering, their worries, their problems. They need us to look upon them with love and you must reach out to them, like Jesus”.

Finally, the Pope offers an overview of all Mozambique, where the tensions and conflicts of recent years have undermined the social fabric, destroyed families and jeopardised the future of thousands of young people. “The most effective way of opposing the mentality of arrogance and inequality, as well as social divisions, it to invest in the field of education, which teaches the young to think critically, and offers a path towards maturity in values. In this sense, it is appropriate to raise awareness among leaders in society and to revive pastoral ministry in universities and schools, combining the task of education with the proclamation of the Gospel. The needs are so great that they cannot be satisfied simply through individual initiatives or by a union of individuals educated in individualism. Community networks are needed to respond to social problems. There is a need for a union of forces and unity of direction: in this, the Episcopal Conference may help as it has among its functions the unitary dialogue with the political authority for the whole territory. In this respect, I encourage a decisive implementation of good relations with the government, not of dependency, but rather of solid collaboration”.

“Dear bishops”, he concludes, “spare no efforts in supporting the family and in the defence of life from conception to natural death. In this sense, remember the options appropriate to one of Christ’s disciples and the beauty of being a mother, accompanied by the support of the family and the local community. The family must always be defended as the main source of fraternity, respect for others and the primary path of peace”.

Fazenda Da Esperança (Farm of Hope), Philippines


fazenda-esperancaBy Fr Phelim Malumo M.Afr, (12/05/2015)

A few people, including our students in formation and confreres, having been asking me what Fazenda da Esperança mean, its purpose and Mission: in other words; its programs and spirituality.

Thus I have decided in this article to give you briefly what Fazenda is, its Charism and Mission. I shall later, write a bit more in details about what it does concretely.

  1. Fazenda spirituality and mission. “You must be ambassadors of hope”, Pope Benedict XIV during his visit to Brazil, Fazenda, 12th May, 2007. Fazenda Charism and Spirituality is based on the inspirations of St Francis and Chiara. Thus Franciscan Spirituality of Prayer, Work and Community Living and Chiara’s Spirituality of Unity and Mutual Love (Christian).
  2. Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center (for boys and girls). Fazenda Da Esperança is a Drug and Rehabilitation Center (Farm), based on 3 main principles: Spirituality, Community Life and Work.
  3. Conditions and requirements. Personal and free decision from the client. Admittance and acceptance that one has a problem and needs help. Family and Community support. Since it does not depend so much on professionals, the Centre can’t help in cases of serious mental or psychological problems.
  4. Duration of the programme. It takes one full year, with the presentation of a certificate of having followed successfully completed the Rehabilitation program under Fazenda. From there, they become connected to Fazenda, Group of Living Hope (GLH). GLH meetings of Exs are once a week, and with their families monthly. This helps them in case of temptations, relapse or need to share and encourage one another. All are encouraged to attend GLH meetings, even those who did not complete the program but stopped along the way. They are also encouraged to participate and attend Mariapolis (Focolare) and living the Word of life on daily basis. In case they relapse, they are always welcome again in the farm for refresher sessions of one month or more. In fact the farm is always open to welcome Exs members whenever they would like to visit the farm or have experienced relapse repeatedly and need help.
  5. Who manages the farm. The Farm is ran by members of the Family of Hope consisting of lay people, married, religious priests and sisters, single people and missionary volunteers.
  6. Who are admitted into the farm and the scope of Fazenda Mission. The center admit youths, adults and even older people, boys and girls, lay people, religious, priest or nuns, non-Christians, people of other faith and works of life. It is open to all. But due to its spirituality, most of those coming or admitted are Catholics or Christians. The Farm receives people who have issues different kinds of addictions and related issues such as: Drug addicts and those in networks with drug Lords, involved in serious crimes, Alcohol dependents or abusers, abandoned teenagers, victims of human trafficking, those with some behavioral problem in society, victims of prostitution, homeless youth, school dropouts, Internet and pornography addicts, Gamblers, sexually abused youth, pregnant teenagers without support of families, prisoners, those reflecting on Vocation, Priests and religious with problems in Ministry etc. In other places, Fazenda runs schools; they help the sick e.g. AIDS patients and orphans, awareness of human rights, helping the poor, assisting victims of human and natural calamities and catastrophes like typhoons, flooding, earthquakes, and helping Small Christian Communities in the local Church they find themselves. They also collaborate with other groups and religious congregations in mission e.g. Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) in Dombe mission, Mozambique, Southern Africa.

Many groups visit the Farm for retreats, recollections, camping, meetings, Mariapolis, weddings, tourism, for purchasing and buying Fazenda Products; others come and learn new skills such in farming, milk processing etc. It is a well-known place and famous for daily products, especially fresh vegetables, milk, rice and Cattle rearing. Our place is about 260 Hectares of Land, used for farming, grazing, irrigation, accommodation, ponds, gardening, piggery, Orchards etc. It is a quiet place where immediately you arrive near the Farm you experience quietness, fresh breeze from the sea, beautiful mountains, free of pollution and ideal place for silence, peace, prayer and discernment. We are far from the pollution and noise of the city, about 30km from Masbate City.

  1. Conclusion. Fazenda da Esperanca believes in Gods Providence. They are somewhat flexible, adapting, trusting and hopeful instruments of God’s love. Indeed living in a Farm of Hope requires openness, patience, greater and sacrificial love, non-judgmental spirit and trust in Hope and to be a personal with a deeper relationship with Jesus. A person who gets his energy from prayer and Word of Life-daily Gospel reflection. This is what I am growing into day by day. You have to be definitely compassionate and forgiving. You have to show the boys and girls that God still loves them; that they are still beloved children of God (especial in Confession), and that God is waiting for each and every one of them to come back home (Prodigal Son experience) so that they may experience life, and life in its fullness and abundance (Jn 10.10). They need to experience joy and happiness and change of life. Also we have to be the link with their families so that eventually they reunite with them and start again, with HOPE. “Fazenda…where Hope and Life begins Anew…” Bishop Joel Baylon, Diocese of Legazpi, the Philippines (Chairman of the CBCP Commission on Youth)
  2. Website: http://www.fazenda-ph.org/

Links:

Celebration of the 8th December 2014 in Dombe, Mozambique

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

Searching for the identity of the Missionaries of Africa in Dombe

Death of the elderly sister of Sylvester Chimenge


Sylvester-Chimenge-2015Dear Confreres and Friends,

I regret to inform you that Sylvester Chimenge lost his elder sister Mary Chansa Chanda in Kitwe (Zambia) today. This comes at a difficult time as Sylvester prepares for his oath and diaconate this coming weekend in Nairobi.

May the soul of Mary rest in perfect peace.

Christopher Chileshe, M.Afr, SAP Provincial

2015 Celebration of Oath and Diaconate – Jubilee and Renewal of Oath, Nairobi, Kenya

Extracts of Fr. Philippe Docq’s homily at the end of the Sector Meeting of South Africa, on 6th May 2015 in Coolock House, South Africa


If the Church is to present its message in a way that is meaningful today, it must also be ready to make the necessary adjustments in areas which, though they may have had a long tradition, like circumcision for the Jews, are not central to the proclamation and may perhaps have outlived their meaningfulness. The first Missionaries have had their own struggles in trying to avoid forcing their own cultures into the people they are evangelising. (…) In our own Society, the situation is constantly evolving, changing, calling for adjustments. The situation of the “Bush Missionaries” of 50 years ago is not the same, of course, as the Township Mission of today, for example. That is why we need a Chapter every 6 years, which is why we need dialogue and fraternal communication among ourselves in sector meetings and community meetings. In the first reading, there were very serious differences between the conservatives and the progressists, but an open, frank, sincere dialogue took place between them and allowed the Church to grow out of her narrow Jewish background. Today I pray for our Sector. There are also serious differences among us. I pray for honest dialogue and for compassion… 

Docq-SA-2015

Sent by Raymond A. McQuarrie, M.Afr.

2015 Celebration of Oath and Diaconate – Jubilee and Renewal of Oath, Nairobi, Kenya


Sylvester-Chimenge-2015This celebration will take place on the 16th May 2015 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, South B, Nairobi, Kenya at 9:30. Mass will be presided by Rt. Rev. Emanuel Barbara, O.F. M. Cap.

Oath: Brothers Clayb Caputolan (Filipino) and Venancio Echeverria (Spanish).

Oath and Diaconate: Bertin Bouda (Burkinabe), Sylvester Chimenge (Zambian), Maralf Jimenez (Mexican), Daniel Kabuya (Congolese DR), Toby Ndiukwu (Nigerian), Thomas Pouya (Burkinabe) and Valery Sindayigaya (Burundian).

Jubilee and Renewal: Fr. E. José Gordejuela (Spanish), Fr. Willy Schoofs (Belgium), Fr. Roger Tessier (Canadian) and Fr. Marinus Van Broekhoven (Duch).

Note: Clayb Caputolan made his stage in Malawi, Maralf Jimenez did it in Zambia and Thomas Pouya did it in South Africa. From SAP: Sylvester Chimenge from Zambia.

Oath Diaconate Nairobi 2015