Kolibo Vocation Centre, Zambia

Jean-Baptiste_Colibeault_4By Francis Kangwa, M.Afr – Zambia
Kolibo Vocation Centre is a Pre-First Phase Centre based in Serenje, some 440 km North of Lusaka, Zambia.
This Centre was opened in 1990 and it came about as a result of the growing numbers of young people who showed interest in the way of life of the Missionaries of Africa. Thus, the idea of coming up with this Centre was to give these young men a favourable environment where they would have ample time to discover their vocation. The purpose of Kolibo Centre was to guide these young men in the process of discernment, while also preparing them for formation.
The Centre is named after Fr. Jean-Marie Colibault. In the ears of the local people, Colibault sounded like “Kolibo” and that is how they started to call him. Fr. Colibault (Kolibo) was an extremely zealous Missionary who worked in the Luapula Province of Zambia. For the people, be they Catholics or members of other denominations, Fr. Colibault was not only zealous but also a saint. He was a man of prayer and it was through prayer that he found strength to continue his work with great fervour and commitment. Naming the Centre after Fr. Colibault (Kolibo) was a way of emulating him and inspiring young people who would pass through the Centre with his passion for the Mission. READ FULL TEXT HERE
Centre vocationnel Kolibo, Zambie
Francis Kangwa, M.Afr, Directeur vocationnel – Zambie.
Le Centre vocationnel Kolibo est une maison de propédeutique à Serenje, à quelque 440 km au nord de Lusaka, Zambie.
Ce centre fut ouvert en 1990 pour répondre au nombre croissant de jeunes intéressés au style de vie des Missionnaires d’Afrique. L’idée de base de ce centre était donc d’offrir un environnement favorable à ces jeunes, où ils auraient le temps nécessaire pour découvrir leur vocation. Le but du centre était de guider ces jeunes dans un processus de discernement, ainsi que de les préparer à la formation.
Le centre tient son nom du Père Jean-Marie Colibault. Le nom de ce dernier sonnant comme “Kolibo” aux oreilles des gens, ceux-ci commencèrent à l’appeler ainsi. Le Père Colibault (Kolibo) fut un missionnaire très zélé qui travailla dans la province de Luapula en Zambie. Pour les gens, catholiques ou d’autres dénominations, le Père Colibault était non seulement un missionnaire zélé mais un saint. Il fut un homme de prière et par elle, il trouva la force de continuer son travail avec ferveur et dévouement. Appeler le centre de son nom était une manière d’inviter les jeunes qui y habiteraient à l’imiter et à s’inspirer de sa passion pour la mission. TEXT COMPLET

Casa Cardenal Carlos Lavigerie

Casa Cardenal 02Casa Cardenal Carlos Lavigerie
This article is coming from our mission corner in Mozambique. We belong to the Southern Africa Province (SAP) together with Zambia, Malawi and South Africa, one of the so called mega-provinces. The country covers more than 800,000 square km, and the population is around 20 million.
Since colonial times, Mozambique has faced many problems such as natural calamities like landslides, floods, bushfire and cyclones. In addition, Mozambique suffered a civil war which lasted for 16 years and which wrecked the country’s economy. The impact of that internal conflict is still being felt. Despite all these catastrophes, the country is potentially rich in natural resources like natural gas, coal, fertile land and more than 2.500 km of coastline on the Indian Ocean. (…)
The Pre-1st Cycle Programme
Our programme lasts for 2 years. In fact, when the students finish their secondary school, they are selected by a team of three confreres. They are then admitted to the Pre-1st Cycle Programme which lasts for a period of 17 months. After this, they are presented to the staff of Balaka, our Philosophy Centre in Malawi. READ FULL TEXT HERE
Casa Cardenal 01La Maison Cardinal Charles Lavigerie au Mozambique
Cet article vient de notre mission de l’extrémité du Mozambique. Nous faisons partie de la Province d’Afrique australe (SAP) avec la Zambie, le Malawi et l’Afrique du Sud, l’une de celles appelées méga provinces. Le pays couvre une surface de plus de 800’000 km² et il est peuplé de 20 millions d’habitants environ.
Depuis la période coloniale, le Mozambique a souffert de beaucoup de problèmes et de calamités naturelles tels que cyclones, inondations, coulées de terre et feux de brousse. De plus, le pays a connu une guerre civile pendant seize ans, laquelle a détruit son économie. L’impact de cette guerre civile est encore perceptible. Malgré toutes ces catastrophes, ce pays est potentiellement riche en ressources naturelles comme le gaz, le charbon, une terre fertile et plus de 2’500 km de littoral sur l’océan Indien. D’importantes rivières y coulent, tels le Zambèze, le Limpopo et le Save pour n’en mentionner que quelques-unes. En dépit de toutes ces ressources, le Mozambique est compté parmi les pays les plus pauvres du monde. L’exploitation de ces ressources est principalement dans les mains de compagnies étrangères et la population n’a qu’une vague idée de ce que cela représente pour l’économie réelle du pays. C’est le contexte dans lequel nous travaillons.
Le programme de la propédeutique
Notre programme dure deux ans. Quand les étudiants terminent à l’école secondaire, ils sont sélectionnés par une équipe de trois confrères. Ils sont admis au programme de la propédeutique qui dure 17 mois. Ils sont ensuite présentés au staff de Balaka, notre centre de première étape au Malawi. TEXT COMPLET

Timothée Bationo at the JMJ in Brazil

Timothée BationoOur confrere Timothée Bationo, Sector Superior in Mozambique, went to pay a visit to Pierre Lukusa in Brazil. It coincided with the JMJ in Rio de Janeiro where Timothée met other Missionaries of Africa: Willy Ngumbi, Bishop of Kindu in DRCongo and Francisco J. Silota, Bishop of Chimoio in Mozambique. Note that Jan De Groef, Bishop of Bethlehem in South Africa was also at the JMJ.
Timothée was pleased to meet Pierre who will be completing his training at “Fazenda d´Esperança” for one more and final year. In his two weeks journey, Timothée participated in some events led by the Pope: visit and blessing of an hospital, visit to the slum “favela”, way of the Cross, vigil and sending mass. He also met the group of Gen Rosso-Focolari composed of about 200 youth. They performed a show with songs and plays emphasising the idea that the youth can be strong without violence. Peace, love and unity are great tools for evangelisation. The show was presented to Pope Francis during a night vigil.
In his simplicity, Pope Francis touched the hearts of more than 3 million people at the Copacabana beach. His final message is to affirm that Christians should “go without fear proclaiming the Gospel”.
Timothée will remember this exceptional experience for ever and wish to thank everyone who helped him to make this trip to Brazil possible.

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Our Experience with the Youth in Chimoio Diocese, Mozambique

Maurice Aduol Odhiambo 05Serge Kasombo Kabwakila 02By Maurice Aduol Odhiambo and Serge Kabwakila Kasongo

The second term holiday was characterized by different activities in the Diocese of Chimoio despite being relatively short (2 weeks). We, the stagiaires in Mozambique, wish to share with you some of these activities.

We are members of the Diocesan youth commission which managed to organize two youth camps. The first one took place in Machaze where Dombe Mission is located. The topics discussed were the following; marriage, polygamy, relationship and dowry payment. All these themes were accompanied by dramas, group discussions and sharing between the youth and some invited guests who were knowledgeable in these areas. READ MORE

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Present Magazine May-June 2013

Present Magazine May - June 2013A Newsletter for the Candidates and Students of the Missionaries of Africa

Pape François_modifié-1The Pope to those discerning their vocations             

“You are young people on a vocational journey. You represent the Church’s youth! If the Church is the Bride of Christ, you in a certain sense represent the moment of betrothal, the spring of vocation, the season of discovery … in which foundations are laid for the future. … Today the word of God speaks to us of mission. … What are the reference points of Christian mission? The readings we have heard suggest three: the joy of consolation, the Cross and prayer. (…) READ MORE

Vocation team in Lumimba, Zambia

Francis KangwaA vocation team from Directors of various congregations of diocesan and missionary groups visited Lumimba in June 2013. They met students in Lumimba Day Secondary school. It was a great opportunity to see each congregation touching the lives of our youth. Following its presentation, the vocation team encounter with some interested students. The team left after lunch. We were particularly happy to welcome Fr Francis Kangwa, our Vocation Director. In one of the attached photos you can see Francis with some of the students interested in joining us. Please Francis! Come back again. Our mission is to touch all the corners of the earth so that people may experience life, life in its fullness; Jn 10:10.

United in the same mission and vocation

Phelim Malumo, M.Afr

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Martin Kasongo: my pastoral experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Martin KasongoI am Martin Kasongo from Chingola, Zambia. I have been a student in the Society of the Missionaries of Africa since 2006. I started my formation with the candidacy course in Kolibo, Serenje. I did my philosophy in Arusha and my novitiate in Bobo-Dioulasso. Thereafter, I was sent for my stage to Aru, north-eastern part of DRCongo in the diocese of Mahagi-Nioka.

My pastoral experience in a multi-cultural area like Aru was very enriching with its openness to all people coming from every corner of Congo and other countries. Bordering Uganda and South Sudan, it makes the Lugbaras culturally dynamic and special. They speak the Lugbarati.

Despite being introverts, the Lugbaras are welcoming and peaceful. One great thing that struck me is the way they have welcomed the Good News of Jesus. Evangelisation continues but I observed that these people are really doing their best for their spiritual and moral growth. They give themselves in taking care of their churches and the parish at large. This attitude shows their interest in the Word of God.

The Lugbaras are also hard workers. They take the education of their children in their own hands instead of counting on the government. But, they have difficulties sometimes to work in a spirit of collaboration or partnership because of lack of experience. I used to go to out-stations from Friday to Sunday. This experience was always very instructive for me. I was interested to understand how the catechists care for their Christians communities. During my visit in villages, I used to talk to the youth on issues of life, to all Christians on faith, and to catechists on perseverance. I visited the sick and the poor, encouraging them to hope in life in the face of hardships.

Being with people in these villages made me understand what Lavigerie meant by “being all things to all people.” The first step in any apostolate is our presence. So, let us be the instruments of the Lord who knows best how to guide us the way He wants.

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Missionary Oath of Remi Nyengere Ziffa, Malawian, in Kinshasa

Remi Nyengere Ziffa 001Congratulations!
On behalf of the SAP I want to convey our congratulations at your pronouncement of the perpetual Missionary Oath on 3rd May 2013.
We are indeed very proud of you and will walk with you towards your ordination to the deaconate in the coming months.
You are welcome to the club of missionary in our little Society. I trust that you will find joy and fulfillment in this vocation.
All the best and God bless.
Christopher Chileshe, SAP Provincial
 UPDATES: Diaconate ordination to take place on Sunday the 19th May 2013.

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By Peter Wazili Chitondo
I look up in the sky I see free birds
Flying high the horizon
While my people are weeping
Struggling to be free like a crying bird
In the hand of the oppressor
For by force they are smuggled
To far countries they are taken
To be used as sex workers and drug dealers
Yes both boys and girls are victims
For hard labour they are used with poor conditions
Yet good wages they are refused
Who is accountable for their suffering?
It’s all because of you! And me!
Who have kept our mouths shut like a door?
And have failed to be a walking stick 
In the hand of the most vulnerable
Yes a patient heart do we need
To listen to the voice of the voiceless
An intelligent mind we need not
That only talks without actions
Together lets fight modern slavery

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Also, two articles written by M.Afr students in Balaka: