Launching of the 125th anniversary of the Catholic Faith in Zambia.


Mambwe Mwala 2016 00By Lawrence Tukamushaba, M.Afr, Kasama- Zambia

Various activities have been foreseen commemorating the beginning of the Catholic faith in Zambia 125 years ago. The main celebration will be held on August 06 at Mambwe-Mwela situated in the Archdiocese of Kasama where the Missionaries of Africa were the first to settle for good in Zambia. It is important to note that they built this mission on their way from Mponda in Malawi to Tanzania as they took rest because of the illness of Fr Valentin Heurtebise (+1933), one of the pioneers. Fr Achille Van Oost (+1895) was buried in the same area.

The first major activity organised by the Archdiocese was a pilgrimage to Mambwe-Mwela where the first church was built. The ruins of that church are still visible. The pilgrimage started on Friday the 15th and ended up on Sunday the 17th July. Many Christians of Mambwe Parish walked 46 km to reach the site. Our Superior General, Fr Stanley Lubungo, together with Fr Lawrence Tukamushaba and Fr Nobert Nkingwa, joined Fr Edward Mutale, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Coordinator, and Fr Felix Chishamba, the Archdiocesan Communications Director.

Mwambe-Mwila Map2_modifié-2Three reflections were given on the way from Our Lady of Angels Kanamwene Centre, three Kilometres from the site, to the pilgrimage site. Fr Stanley Lubungo spoke about the values of pilgrimages while Fr Lawrence Tukamushaba gave a teaching about the sacraments and Fr Nobert Nkingwa spoke about the meaning of discipleship. Native of the place, Fr Patrick Simutowe, Rector of Mpima Major Seminary in Kabwe, animated the recollection.

It was a reenergising faith journey. Much attention was given to the first brave men who chose to leave everything for the sake of the Gospel. They walked long distances in unknown and hostile lands. However, their hard labour has produced abundant fruits. Fr Stanley reminded the pilgrims that the missionaries planted seeds the fruits of which are the Christians of today. As missionaries and Christians of today we are challenged by their deep faith, love of God and self-denial.

On Thursday 14th July, Fr Stanley was hosted on the Archdiocesan Radio Lutanda FM for an interview about the history of the Church in Zambia.

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4 thoughts on “Launching of the 125th anniversary of the Catholic Faith in Zambia.

  1. Jean-Luc Gouiller, M.Afr

    Congratulations for one of the first function marking the 125 years of the first Catholic Mission in Zambia, MAMBWE-MWELA (not to be mixed with the MAMBWE District Centre in the Eastern Province, in the Lwangwa Valley).
    It is always profitable to visit the first places which received the Missionaries. It helps us to walk on their footsteps. Last Sunday most of the Bishops of Zambia (on the way to their retreat at the Benedictines Sisters in Msipazi) came to celebrate Mass in Chipata, where “it also all started”. The Missionaries of Africa were remembered. May the Lord be blessed !
    Jean-Luc Gouiller, M.Afr, Kalongwezi, Chipata

  2. Dimitri Yampa

    Thank you very much for the information of our roots in Zambia. May God be with you in your divers activities.

  3. Pingback: A ‘Finale’ on 125 Years of Catholic Faith in Zambia – July 15, 2017. – Missionaries of Africa – SAP Province

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