Month: July 2013 Page 1 of 4
Dear brothers, We have just coming back from the ordination of Simeon Kalore by Right Rev. Mgr Woldeghorgis Matheos, bishop of Hosana Vicariate in Ethiopia. Abune Weldegiorgis Matheos ordained him on 20th of July and his thanksgiving mass was on the following day. The ordination day was not as full as was Simeon thanksgiving mass. Though all his brothers and sisters have converted to Evangelical church, we had a beautiful celebration with all of them. So it was an ecumenical celebration. We were five confreres, students and the FROMA (friends of the missionaries of Africa) who accompanied him from Tigray. Despite the fact that it is rainy season, the Lord of rain protected us from disruption. We had beautiful weather and it was only the day we were leaving Taza that we got a shower that lasted till 10am. Indeed the Lord provided us with all the reason to celebrate our brothers’ priestly ministry. Now we need to continue accompanying him differently. Bonaventure Mashata, M.Afr Delegate Superior Ethiopia- Proche-Orient
Sébastien Ndrutsomi, M.Afr
I am Jones Kawisha from Kabwe, Zambia. I was ordained priest in 2008 and appointed to the Maghreb province. I am in the community of Tizi Ouzou in Algeria since 2009. Encounter has been my priority and my main apostolate. My experience has been positive and rich. In September this year, I will be going to Paris to study Theology of Religions in order to have a broader understanding of different religions to enrich my encounter apostolate. I am currently in Zambia for my holiday.
Of all the global resources, human life is the most significant. The bible in Gen 1:27 say “so God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female” This shows how valuable we human beings are special in the eyes of the creator. No diamond can mine itself and no gold has the capacity to be refined without manpower; without human life, all the weapons, food and oil in the world would mean nothing. READ MORE
Most people remember very well a moment or an episode in their lives, which was a turning point. (…) It happened (to me) 10 years ago. I had just arrived in the country, form my native Poland, to continue my training with the Missionaries of Africa in Kasama. I was in Cairo Road, looking for an Internet Café from where I could call my family to tell them I had arrived safely. I found one but at the door, lying on the pavement, there was a child. The only way for me to enter into the shop would have been to step over his body. But I couldn’t. I froze and I moved to the other side of the street and went back home. That night the vision of that boy came back to haunt me time and again. On the following morning, I went back to the shop and the child was awake, standing and begging. Unable to communicate, I just took him by the hand, led him to a fast food and bought him something to eat.
Today I would not encourage anyone to do that but that’s what happened to me on that fateful encounter which threw open a door on a world I only knew through readings and movies.
The Mother of Jean-Louis Godinot, Françoise, died at the age of 91 on the 26th July in the morning. She will be buried next to her husband, Jean Godinot, leaving behind seven children. She was a catechist for many years at home. She also visited Zambia three times with her husband and three times alone. She knew many Missionaries of Africa, some are still alive, and quite a few people of Kasamba. The burial will take place on Tuesday the 30th July. Jean-Louis is flying tonight the 27th July and will be back to Zambia on the 6th August.
Let us pray for her.
Our visit to the outstations during the dry season normally begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday. Besides visiting families, we pray with the sick, hear pastoral issues and give various courses to catechumens and Christian leaders.
In this Year of Faith, we are also adding activities such as sports challenging even Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) camps. Moreover, we pay a visit to Chiefs or join in community funerals. At times, we sing and chat in the evenings around fire. The youth usually prepare songs for Sunday celebrations from Friday till Sunday and camp at the outstation.
By Phelim Malumo M.Afr