Death of the elder Sister of Alex Manda


Alex Manda_modifié-1Dear confreres of SAP

It is with sadness that I announce to you the death of my elder sister Chansa Magrine. She died in Kaputa hospital last night after a long sickness. The burial took place last Saturday the 25th September. I ask you to pray for her, for her 3 children remaining, for our family and especially for mum.

I am in contact with my family.

May she rest in peace! Alex Manda, M.Afr

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 26 juillet 2015


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Aujourd’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 » :

« Lettre de Ghardaia, juillet 2015 » ; la dernière lettre de Mgr Claude Rault, Missionnaire d’Afrique, et évêque de Laghouat Ghardaia. Suite aux événements violents qui ont ensanglanté récemment la vallée du M’zab, il invite au vivre ensemble. (lire la suite) 

« Ordination de Simplice Traore » C’est le 11 juillet que Simplice Traore, Missionnaire d’Afrique malien, a été ordonné à Touba, dans le diocèse de San, par Mgr Jean-Gabriel Diarra. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :

« Humour spirituel » un texte du père Lionel Dion, canadien décédé au début de l’année 2015, à propos de la manière de se mettre à l’écoute. (lire la suite)

« Réunion des familles M.Afr au Mali » : c’est le 5 juillet 2015 que s’est tenue la 5ème rencontre des familles des M.Afr. Originaires du Mali, réunion tenue à Bamako (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :

« La fin du Ramadan » le 17 juillet dernier. Deux textes à ce propos : un texte oecuménique venant de Belgique, et les vœux de Mgr Claude Rault. (lire la suite) 

« Concert à Notre Dame d’Afrique ». Chanter de l’arabo-andalou dans une basilique est de nature à nous réconcilier avec nous-mêmes et nous réconcilier avec les autres religions. (lire la suite) 

« Publications sur l’Islam », une encyclopédie qui se veut un guide complet sur l’histoire, la philosophie et la pratique de l’islam à travers le monde, ainsi que deux livrets d’Abennour Bidar invitant au dialogue.(lire la suite)

« Appel à l’espérance », la reprise de trois articles qui soulignent quelques actions et réunions plutôt encourageantes. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » :

« Laudato si’ lue par un musulman », ce que pense un croyant de l’Islam de lcette encyclique du Pape François (lire la suite)

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

« Les Pères Blancs en Tunisie» un article de « Voix d’Afrique », juin 2015, écrit par le père Michel Lelong, qui a passé de nombreuses années dans ce pays. (lire la suite) 

« Les suites de la crise au Burkina » les dernières nouvelles à ce propos, prises sur le site de Radio France Internationale. (lire la suite)

God call me to be at the service to others – Father Humphrey Mukuka


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By Kalunga Musonda,

Kabwe, Zambia

“Christ called me to be at the service of others by preaching his word,” this is the conviction of Humphrey Mukuka a catholic priest. His dream was to become a medical doctor or an engineer but his ambitions changed when he decided to join the vocation club at St Mary’s Parish in Kabwe.

He was in grade nine at Kalonga Secondary School at the time. He says it was during this time that he was exposed to different subjects concerning life and God’s mission in the world.

Fr Mukuka 31, is the fourth born in a family of seven and was brought up in a Catholic home. For his secondary education, Fr Mukuka was sent to Serenje Technical High School where he was inspired by the way Missionaries of Africa (the White Fathers) lived their lives.

“The mission of White Fathers is to serve in Africa and outside Africa where there are Africans serving as God’s messengers specifically to promote justice and peace.” he says.

Fr Mukuka says the missionaries work with other Christian denominations to spread God’s word through evangelism in Africa’s remote areas.

While still at school he visited the priests’ community regularly at St. Peter’s Parish in Serenje which was run by the society of the Missionaries of Africa. And with these interactions his desire of becoming a medical doctor or an engineer waned as he now wanted to be sent as a missionary wherever there was need to proclaim God’s message of love.

“I was deeply touched by their way of life demonstrated through an inter-cultural and simple life style coupled with service to the poor and oppressed in society,” he says. This inspired Fr Mukuka to become a priest and join the Society of the Missionaries of Africa.

“Before going for priesthood”, he says, “I met very good friends who were very committed to the scripture union – a prayer and Bible sharing gathering. The vocations club was equally raised during our time at school which motivated me to be what I am today.”

In 2006 Fr Mukuka began his journey to priesthood as a candidate Missionary of Africa in Arusha, Tanzania where he studied philosophy and psychology for three years. He was then sent to Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso in 2009-2012 and also did pastoral experience in Bandiagara in Mali from 2010-2012.

“When I completed pastoral experience I came home for a three months holiday to see my family,” he says.

Fr Mukuka was then sent to study theology in Abidjan, Ivory Coast from 2012-2015. He recently came back to Zambia for his priestly ordination which was held on June 27 at St. Veronica’s Parish in Kamushanga area in Kabwe. For his first mission appointment as a Catholic priest, Fr Mukuka has been sent to Aru in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Serving as a Catholic priest is very challenging, however, the Lord who called me to serve him will see me through difficulties and challenges; I firmly believe that God will never let me down.”, he said.

One thing Fr Mukuka knows for sure is that to be a successful and happy priest he needs to embrace prayer and the love for people.

See PDF file of the article from the newspaper

Warm greetings from Kabwe, ordination of Humphrey Mukuka, June 2015

Farewell Party to Oswald Mallya – Woodlands July 14, 2015


Farewell-Party-July-Oswald-Tanzanian, born in 1969, Oswald Mallya spent most of his missionary life in Zambia since his ordination in 2003. He was Parish Priest in Kabwata and later on in Serenje before being elected as Delegate Superior for Zambia in 2013. He got a M.A. in counselling at the University of East Anglia, Norwish, United Kingdom.

The lay Association of the Missionaries of Africa MIMSAF invited friends and confreres to say goodbye to Father Oswald Mallya at Kabwata parish. Oswald was very instrumental in helping to set up MIMSAF which has grown over the years. Thanks to the effort of them all to share the spirit of prayer and the spirituality of our founder Cardinal Lavigerie.

The confreres gathered also for a Farewell Party in Woodlands to thanks Oswald for his work and dedication at the service of all. As a gift, he received a beautiful chitenje shirt. In his speech, the new Delegate Superior in Zambia, Veverato Babaine, in his own sense of humour appreciated by everyone said: “We are very grateful to Oswald for his dedication to the confreres of Zambia but, you know, being the new Delegate Superior, I need to tell you, the sooner you go, the better!”

Oswald is on his way to Uganda to become a member of the staff in our formation centre in philosophy in Jinja. We wish him a safe journey and blessed apostolate in his new mission.

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Invitation to the African Traditional Medicine (ATM) conference


FENZA Logo 2Topic: Where African and conventional medicine converge, if at all they do. A Discussion of the Importance of African medicine.

Date: 31/7/2015.  Time:  9:00 AM.   

Venue: FENZA. Faith and Encounter Centre Zambia, Off Leopards Hill Road, next to Radio Yatsani

Dear Sir/Madam,

Africa Traditional Medicine (ATM) has for centuries played a very important role in the treatment of various illnesses in Zambia and Africa at large. However it has faced a number of setbacks which has made it difficult for it to be officially and internationally recognised.

You have been identified as a key stake holder in the promotion of ATM and are therefore invited to attend a conference that will seek to explain the importance of ATM and how ATM can bring economic and health benefits to Zambia.

  1. Over view of the topic, by Fr Patrick Mumbi
  2. Where African and western medicine Converge, by Dr Muyangana Chrispin & Dr Getrude Mampwe
  3. Standards for African medicine: – ZABS, by Mr Saili Kelvin
  4. Patenting of African Medicine, by PACRA Representative
  5. Enhancing trade, training in traditional medicine. Participation in the global movement. Way forward. By Dr Chabinga 

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 12 juillet 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 » :

« Plus de détails sur les ordinations » ; comme nous l’annoncions, 4 confrères de la PAO ont été ordonnés ou le seront en 2015. Accès à leur carte d’invitation et à leurs photos, ainsi qu’aux textes et photos de leur ordination pour deux d’entre eux. (lire la suite) 

« PAO Info flash juillet 2015 » une nouvelle publication de la Province d’Afrique Occidentale qui vient de voir le jour. (lire la suite) 

« Ordination épiscopale d’un M.Afr au Congo » texte et photos au sujet de cette ordination de Mgr Jean-Christophore Amade Aloma (lire la suite)

« Deux nouveaux économes provinciaux », dont celui de la Province d’Afrique de l’Ouest, et qui est originaire du Malawi, mais a travaillé dans la PAO. (lire la suite)

« Eur-Echo été 2015 », l’accès au dernier bulletin de la Province d’Europe, en langue française. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :

« Nouvelles du Père Gérard Chabanon » qui fut pendant six ans le responsable des M.Afr de 2004 à 2010). Nous publions une lettre récente de sa part. (lire la suite) 

Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :

« Relais Maghreb n° 25, juin 2015» la dernière publication de ce bulletin qui donne de nombreuses nouvelles sur la province du Maghreb. (lire la suite) 

« Questions et propositions sur le dialogue » quelques articles pris une fois de plus sur le site de l’ARCRE, et qui font ressortir une fois de plus la complexité de la situation. (lire la suite)

« Laïcité et religion », ces deux termes ne coexistent pas toujours facilement. Trois articles à ce propos, dont deux sur le Tunisie (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix »  :

« Nouvelles du SEDELAN » une correspondance du père Maurice Oudet, responsable de cette structure et qui explique le pourquoi ses publications ne sont plus aussi fréquentes…. (lire la suite)

« Plaidoyer du Pape François pour un réel changement », prononcé à Santa Cruz, ce discours est considéré comme le plus vibrant depuis le début du pontificat du pape argentin. (lire la suite)

« Migrations toujours d’actualité ». Même si l’on n’en parle sans doute pas assez, il y a de plus en plus de personnes qui ont quitté leur pays, parfois simplement pour survivre. (lire la suite)

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

« Désaccords au Burkina Faso » au niveau de l’armée, entre ceux qui désirent un véritable changement de politique et ceux qui souhaiteraient un retour en arrière…(lire la suite)

« Responsables des Missionnaires d’Afrique de par le monde » une liste de noms et de photos de ces personnes bien utiles à notre Société et à la mission. (lire la suite)

Death of the father of our confreres Robert Tebri


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Dear Confreres, students and Friends,

We wish to announce you about the sudden death of the father of our confreres Robert Tebri, Rector in Balaka. The death happened yesterday while Bob was already close to his sick father, in Ghana. Let us pray for the family and may the deceased rest in peace.

11/07/2015 updates: I wish to inform you on the funeral arrangements for the father of our brother Bob Tebril. Wake keeping (traditional) on Friday 17th July. Mass and burial: Saturday 18th July. Venue: Family compound in Doatan near Nandom town. Those who can make it, should try to go to accompany our brother, and those of you far, could keep him and his family in prayer.

Yours in sorrow Dominic Apee, GhN Provincial.

Farewell Party for Brother Karl Kälin, July 3, 2015


Karl farewell party July 2015 03By a cold evening, Brother Karl Kälin said goodbye after nine faithful years as Provincial Treasurer in SAP Province. Many confrères and M.S.O.L.A. Sisters came to wish him a safe journey and a lovely retirement at home in Switzerland even though we know that Karl will no stay idle. His dedication will surely show him a new way to serve people. Dear Karl, we all wish you happiness wherever the Lord will guide you.

Here some messages sent by confreres.

Dear Karl,

As I know you for quite a few years as member of the general financial council, meeting in Rome, when you came to check our accounts in the province and as Provincial treasurer when I was treasurer for the sector of South Africa, also for dealing with you in Zambia for the construction.

I like to thank you very much for all your services and the good work you have done for the Society and for the province of SAP and wish you all the best for your future wherever it will be, may the Lord be with you and bless you.

Fraternally yours, Bro René Garand, M.Afr

Dear Karl,

Many thanks for everything what you have been and what you have done for me and for all of us in the province. May the lord continue blessing you. I will remember you and remaining united wherever we may be.

Piet van Heijst, M.Afr

Dear Karl,

Not being one of those able to be with you for your good-bye feast I would still like to wish you many blessings that I’m sure the Lord has in store for you in the future as also to thank you for all your patience, kindness and the much-appreciated services you have given me over the years you have been on the job there in the treasurer’s office.

My prayers will be with you and may yours be with me.

With every best wish, Dave Cullen, M.Afr

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Warm greetings from Kabwe, ordination of Humphrey Mukuka, June 2015


Humphrey-Mukuka-ordination-00Warm greetings from Kabwe, particularly from myself and all my family members and friends. Here we are very fine thank you. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you all fellow confreres and to all those who in one way or another contributed to the success of my Priestly Ordination and my First Mass respectively on 27 and 28 June 2015. Special thanks to MIMSAF from Lusaka who came in big numbers to render support and encouragement. May our loving God richly bless each and every one of you. I am very touched by the warm support received from you all. Let us continue supporting and encouraging one another in this way as our commitment to serve our Lord continues. Thank you so much once more to every one of you. 

Fr. Humphrey Mukuka (M.Afr)

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Death of relatives of Felix Kamunenge and Alick Mwamba


Good Friday picture bDear Confreres,

I regret to inform you of the following.

Mr. Moses Kunda the nephew of our confrere Felix Kamunenge passed away in Samfya hospital yesterday 3rd July 2015. Felix is with the family in Samfya.

Mr. Joseph Mwamba the elder brother of our confrere Alick Mwamba passed away this afternoon 4th July 2015 at Kasama. Alick is with the family in Kasama.

Let us pray for Moses and Joseph that the good Lord will receive them and also that the two families will find meaning in this sad event.

May they rest in perfect peace.

Fraternally, Christopher Chileshe

Composition of the new SAP Provincial Council.


Stanislas_LubunboProvincial: Stanley Lubungo

MALAWI: Michel Sanou, Robert Tebri, Filiyanus Ekka and Michel Côté

MOZAMBIQUE: Boris Yabre, Julian Kasiya, Hugh Seenan and Fidel Salazar

SOUTH AFRICA: Raymond McQuarrie and Deogratius Ngowi

ZAMBIA: Venerato Babaine, Francis Bomansaan, Romaric Bationo, Alfred Awogya and Benjamin Itungabose

Note: Underlined and in bold is the Provincial and the Delegate Superior of the Sector. In bold is the second Provincial councillor from the sector. Zambia is yet to choose this second councillor. All the other confreres are substitutes of their respective Sector.

The Provincial together with the new Delegate Superiors and their second councillors will have their first meeting will take place on 22nd till 24th July in Woodlands, Lusaka.

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