The first semester of the Academic Year 2016 in Merrivale, South Africa.

Amorain and RobbinBy the new editorial team in Merrivale.

As we start our first semester of the academic year 2016, we wish to welcome each and every community member from his holidays. Our first year students had an opportunity of spending more time in silence and prayer for a period of one month in their retreat. Five of them went to Marianhill, and were directed by Fr. Fisher Urs CMM and three others went to the Capuchin sisters in Port Shepstone and were guided by Fr. Michel Côté, M.Afr on mission in Malawi. While chatting with some of them, they affirmed that they had a good experience which they will live and carry on through the rest of their missionary life.

Damian_and RobbinImmediately after their deaconate ordination, our five deacons were sent outside South Africa in different parishes. Damian Ahimbisibwe was at St. Francis parish Kanengo and Albert Kondemodre at St. Thomas the Apostle parish Mzuzu, both in Malawi. Robbin Simbeye was at St. Peter’s parish, Serenje and Alphonse-Marie Byishimo at St. John the Baptist Kasamba parish both in Zambia. Konrad Simon Millanzi went to Mozambique at Our Lady Queen of the World, Dombe. They all had a wonderful pastoral experience in their respective places. On this note, they are grateful to the staff members for sending them not only for pastoral, but also for giving them a chance of meeting and working with people from different cultural backgrounds. Likewise, they appreciate the hospitality received from different confreres during their mission. We pray that the Almighty God may guide you in your missionary zeal to serve the Church.

A Few days after the arrival of our deacons from their pastoral experience, they joined the rest of the community members for their annual retreat at St. John Paul II Centre in Bethlehem diocese. Our retreat, animated by Fr. Michel Meunier, M.Afr, was very enriching spiritually.

We wish to welcome our new editorial team members to the office but also send a word of thanks to our previous one that did a tremendous job of keeping us updated on different issues. We hope that different articles and homilies that they have been posting benefited many of us in different ways.

Jones Kawisha 2016B_JPEGOur community is growing not only in numbers but also in faith and love. We thank our present three staff members that are doing their best to keep us focused on our missionary vocation. Soon Fr. Jones Kawisha will be coming to join the formation team, and he is most welcome. Seven students have been appointed to this formation House and they will be starting their academic year in July 2016, during the second semester for some. We finally express our gratitude to all of you who contribute in making our community lively. Happy Lenten season to you all and may God bless you.

Death of Sister Cecilia Mulenga, Sacred Heart Sister.

Sister Cecilia Mulenga - died 19-02-2016A terrible car accident happened on the New Year’s Eve, 31st December 2015, between Mukushi and Serenje.  On their way from the funeral of their nephew, who himself was hit by a car few days before, Sister Francis Wapakwenda, SCJ., Ls, 78 years old, and a cousin called Abigail died in a car accident. The later, pregnant, died on her way to the hospital. In the same accident, Sister Cecilia Mulenga, aged 43, was critically injured. She was operated on her neck in Lusaka and recovered for this surgery. But other complications occurred while she was treated. She died on Friday afternoon the 19th February 2016 around 17:30 at St. Jean-Paul II Hospital in Lusaka. She has been with ups and downs since the accident largely paralysed from the neck. But she was showing good spirit on Friday morning; “I will be dancing tonight,” she said. Indeed, she is dancing now in heaven.

Sister Cecilia was the Vocation Promoter of the Sacred Heart Sisters. She was the first Zambian to join the Congregation and made part of her formation in the Philippines. She worked on the isle of Cebu for two years.

The Missionaries of Africa invited the Sacred Heart Sisters to come to Zambia in 1956 and remain close to each other ever since. The funerals will take place at Mary Immaculate church in Woodlands, Lusaka, on Tuesday 23rd February at 9:00. The burial will take place in Kasisi, few kilometres from the International Airport of Lusaka.

We pray for them all, their families and the Sacred Heart Sisters. Note that Sister Francis Wapakwenda was the aunt of Sister Cecilia who was present at the farewell party for Father Jean-Pierre Sauge which took place on April 25, 2015.


Appointment of our Superior General Father Richard Kuuia Baawobr as Bishop of Wa Diocese (Ghana)

Richard Baawobr Bishop of Wa 03On the 17th February 2016, Jos Van Boxel, First Assistant of the General Council of the Missionaries of Africa and Major Superior of the Community of the General House read a letter from the Holy See informing us of the appointment of our Superior General Father Richard Kuuia Baawobr as Bishop of his home diocese, Wa Diocese (Ghana). Here is his reaction and a word to his confreres. (4 minutes).

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 GHANA – Resignation of the Bishop of Wa and appointment of successor

Vatican City | Agenzia Fides (SL) | 18/02/2016

On 17 February 2016 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Wa (Ghana), presented by His Exc. Mgr. Paul Bemile, in accordance with can. 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law. The Holy Father appointed Rev. Fr. Richard Kuuia Baawobr, M. Afr., Superior General of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) as Bishop of the Diocese of Wa (Ghana).

Fr. Richard Kuuia Baawobr, M. Afr., was born on June 21, 1959 in Tom-Zendagangn, Diocese of Wa. He attended the elementary school in the village, he continued his studies at St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary and Nandom Secondary School. He entered the St. Victor diocesan Major Seminary in Tamale in 1979, after his philosophical studies. In 1981 he went to the Society of Missionaries of Africa, where he continued his studies for priesthood. From 1981 to 1982 he was in Fribourg, Switzerland, for his Novitiate. Subsequently, from 1982 to 1987, he completed his theological studies at the Missionary Institute London (MIL). On 5 December 1986 he professed his religious vows at St. Edward’s College, London and was ordained a priest on July 18, 1987.

Since his ordination, he has served the following pastoral and academic roles: 1987-1991: Assistant priest in Livulu, Archdiocese of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo; 1991-1996: Student of exegesis at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and at the Ignatian Spirituality at Le Chatelard in Lyon, in France, where he obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture and a Doctorate in Biblical Theology; 1996-1999: Formator of the Missionaries of Africa in Kahangala, Tanzania; 1999-2004: Director of the formation house of Toulouse in France; 2004-2010: First Assistant General of the Missionaries of Africa. Since 2010: Superior General of the Missionaries of Africa (the first African to hold this position), Vice Chancellor of PISAI (Pontifical Institute of Arabic-Islamic Studies).

He was elected by the Union of Superiors General to attend the Ordinary Assembly of the last Synod of Bishops on the Family, from 4 to 25 October 2015.

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 12 février 2016

Mafrwestafrica 02Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Les statistiques de notre société missionnaire au 1er janvier 2016 ».
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« Confrères décédés en 2016 » s’agissant de ceux qui ont travaillé dans la P.A.O. Il n’y a pour l’instant que deux personnes, l’une d’elles étant d’ailleurs décédée le 31/12/2015 (lire la suite)
« 50 ans de Tema Bokin, la suite » quelques nouvelles des célébrations de cet événement datant du mois de janvier 2016 (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Témoignages »,
« Jubilaires Missionnaires d’Afrique 2016 » la liste des M.Afr qui célébreront le jubilé de leur serment missionnaire cette année. (lire la suite)
« Récollection pour le Carême 2016 » un texte du père Herman Bastijns, pour aider à vivre ce temps important de la vie chrétienne. (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :
« Islam tolérant ou intolérant » : encore une fois notre merci aux Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’ARCRE qui nous invitent à nous informer et réfléchir (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » 
« Laudato Si, un cadeau pour l’Afrique » : un texte du Père Bernard Ugeux, présentement en République Démocratique du Congo (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :
« Procès de Laurent Gbagbo » des informations prises sur le site de Radio France Internationale à ce propos. (lire la suite)
« Attentats au Burkina » là aussi, merci à RFI pour les information détaillées prises sur leur site (lire la suite)
« La COP 21 vue du Burkina (3) » : merci au SEDELAN et au Père Maurice Oudet pour cet article et les vœux 2016. (lire la suite)
« Burkina et coton transgénique » : un autre article du SEDELAN qui nous parle du fait que le Burkina Faso abandonne le coton Bt transgénique (lire la suite)