Month: December 2013 Page 1 of 4

Death of the brother of Jules Roy

Jules RoyWith some delay, we are inviting you to pray for Michel Roy, the brother of our confrere Jules, who died suddenly on the 15th December at the age of 72. Jules is very grateful to the four Missionaries of Africa in Canada who went to the funerals of his brother. This was greatly appreciated by the family.

Jules Roy is currently in Ndola, Zambia.

Avis de décès de Marcel Bilodeau, frère de notre confrère André

André_Bilodeau_2Chers confrères,

Le Père André Bilodeau, de Québec, vient d’annoncer le décès de son frère Marcel. Il écrit ceci :

« J’ai reçu, cette avant-midi (29 December), une mauvaise nouvelle. Mon frère Marcel qui demeurait à St-Georges (Beauce) est décédé. Il est né le 20 août 1929. Il avait donc 84 ans. Au mois d’août 2013, ils avaient souligné, sa femme Irène et lui, leur 60ième anniversaire de mariage. Ils ont quatre enfants : Yves, Doric, Serge et Danny.

Pour les funérailles, ma belle-sœur Irène a dit que la famille souhaitait quelque chose de simple et d’intime, i.e. les enfants et les petits-enfants. Pour le jour et l’endroit des funérailles, nous ne le savons pas. Prions pour Marcel et sa famille ! André »

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Formation training of Camille Konkobo in Kinshasa, DRCongo

Camille KonkoboBy Camille Konkobo, M.Afr
On the 25th October, I went to Kinshasa, DRCongo, to follow a training course for formators. This training took place at CTV Mbudi Centre which is run by the Scheuts’ Fathers. Among other sessions, they also offer retreats and recollections together with many other facilities for religious and the clergy. I was impressed to see the numbers of religious Sisters, fourteen of them out of eighteen people from all over Congo except me from Zambia.
The training consisted in providing basic materiel and knowledge about the right spirit by which a formation house is led. We reflected on the life of formator or animator of community; which type of formator the candidates expect to get, what is helping us to manage adequately anger and other feelings and so on. Some practical exercises on spiritual and vocation discernment opened our minds. There was also a session about the charism of religious Congregations. To finish, we ploughed through the canonical law trying to understand few things concerning formation.
It is a good training course for those who cannot afford to attend a full year course. I don’t pretend to be a fully qualified trained formator but, at least, I have discover how to pursue my personal training.
Thank for all you who have helped me, prayed for me and encouraged me before and during my learning experience. 

Death of Piet van Heijst’s sister

We share with you a message addressed to Felix Kamunenge, Parish Priest in Kitwe.
Piet_van_Heijst_02Dear Felix,
As you know, by the SMS I send you, my sister passed away very quietly this morning (27th December) at 6.00hrs (in Zambia 7.00hrs). On Sunday, when I arrived, was the last day that she was still conscious enough to know who were there. On Monday, we are not sure if she really recognized me. Since that day she has been unconscious but quiet. Her youngest daughter and husband were there this morning when she died.
I have been with her every day for a few hours and the last time was yesterday afternoon. It has been good so but it remains painful to miss my sister who has been so good to me where I spend the most of my home leaves.
About the funeral arrangements I will hear this afternoon. I thank all of you for the support you gave me when to decide to go or not. Remaining united and greetings to all parishioners.
Piet van Heijst, M.Afr
Let us pray for Piets’ sister and her family.

Few days in Edenglen, South Africa

Serge St-Arneault Filya 2 - CopieBy Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr
I was privileged to spent few days in South Africa and be welcomed at our house in Johannesburg, South Africa. Better known as Edenglen house, every confrere is warmly received by Didier Lemaine, Michel Meunier, Didier Michon and Seán O’Leary.
I enjoyed to accompany Michel to Radio Veritas where he is celebrating Mass from time to time at exactly 12:30. This Catholic radio station is quite close to Edenglen house.
Many thanks for helping all of us to feel at home. The following pictures give a glance of the outside building while, in the kitchen, you can recognised Jos Van Boxel cooking and serving wine alongside with Seán. Jos attended the ordination to the diaconate of Antony Alckias and Tomasz Podrazik in Merrivale. Norbert Angibaud was also there coming from Mozambique on his way back home to France for good after forty years of missionary life in Malawi and Mozambique. Norbert was welcomed by Didier Michon at O.R. Tembo International Airport which is at ten minutes’ drive from Edenglen.
In the chapel of Edenglen House, a special corner is dedicated to the confreres who worked in South Africa but died, two of them in brutal circumstances: Georges Bodinier (24th Sept. 1941 – 3rd Feb. 1985), Francis Carey (20th Sept. 1938 – 5th May 2010), Josef Stumpf (29th Nov. 1930 – 19th August 2006), Raymond Bourque (6th Jan. 1931 – 30th June 1978) and Louis Blondel (14th June 1939 – 7th Dec. 2009). May they rest in peace!

Ordination to the Diaconate of Antony Alckias and Tomasz Podrazik

Tomasz Podrazik 2013Antony Alckias 2013The ordination of Antony and Tomasz took place on the 14th December 2013 at Saint Raphael Parish, Kwa Mzimba, Archdiocese of Durban, South Africa. His Eminence Wilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM, Archbishop of Durban confer the diaconate to our new confreres. The location of the church is also known as Henley where our confreres are ministering, Philippe Docq being the Parish Priest.
The liturgy was well prepared with songs mainly in isiZulu but also in English, Kiswahili and Lingala. Many confreres were present including Fr. Jos Van Boxel from Rome and Bishop Jan De Groef of Bethlelem Diocese in South Africa.
The Christian Communities of KwaMzimba – St. Raphael, Enthembeni – St. Pius, KwaDeda – Our Lady of Fatima, KwaGezubuso – St. Veronica, and KwaNgubeni – St. Joseph congratulate the new Deacons.
The Missionaries of Africa, Merrivale Formation House Community, thank wholeheartedly also all those who responded to the invitation to this ordination and in a special way those who have contributed to prepare this celebration.
Our Lady, Queen of Africa
Pray for us!

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Missionary Oath of Antony Alckias and Tomasz Podrazik in Merrivale, South Africa


Christmas letter from Bishop Jan De Groef

Jan-De-Groef-2013_modifié-1Dear friends,
Another Christmas. What is the difference with last year’s? Is there more peace and happiness in the world and in South Africa? I would say ‘not’, looking at the present situation: civil war in Syria, ongoing turmoil in Libya and Egypt, no real peace yet in Soudan even after the division …. And so on. Also South Africa is still plagued with the same evil of bad governance resulting in many service delivery protests and corruption highlighted by an ecumenical campaign in which also the Catholic Church in South Africa joined. The second African Synod came out with a strong invitation for justice, peace and reconciliation but it seemed to have fallen on deaf ears. In former president Nelson Mandela, who passed away just recently, we had an icon of leadership – together with some of his other companions in the struggle against apartheid – and a beacon of light, but, unfortunately many of the present leaders do not follow suit.
What is then the good news about this Christmas? It is about the Christ-child born in Bethlehem lovingly received by Mary and Joseph, opening his arms to embrace the whole world. FULL LETTER

Christmas morning Mass at St. Francis church in Kanengo, Malawi


St.Francis Parish Christmas DayPhoto sent by Bill Turnbull of the “support cast” from the 7:30 Chichewa Mass at St.Francis Parish, Kanengo in Malawi, this Christmas morning. They include the altar boys, readers, and matamando (praise girls).


Cinq ans de mission au Mozambique – Sylvain Yaméogo

sylvain_yameogo 2013Sylvain Yaméogo, 37 ans, est né à Koudougou, au Burkina Faso. Après son ordination en 2007, il a été nommé au Mozambique où il a d’abord travaillé dans la paroisse et sanctuaire “Nossa Senhora de Fátima”, dans l’archidiocèse de Beira. Après la remise de la paroisse au diocèse, il rejoint la propédeutique des Pères Blancs à Beira où il donne un coup de main dans la formation. 
Il poursuit à Friant un master en missiologie à L’ISTR.
 « Je suis venu pour que vous ayez la vie et que vous l’ayez en abondance » Jn 10, 10. C’est cette sentence de Jésus tirée de l’évangile de Jean que j’ai choisie, à mon ordination et cette parole m’a habité depuis mon éveil vocationnel et m’anime encore aujourd’hui: à elle seule, elle résume mon expérience personnelle du Christ ressuscité. Pour moi, il est essentiel que toute mon activité missionnaire atteigne l’homme dans toutes ses dimensions : sociale, culturelle, politique, économique et spirituelle. C’est avec cet idéal au cœur, qu’après mon ordination en 2007, je reçus ma nomination au Mozambique, plus précisément dans la paroisse “Nossa Senhora de Fátima” (Notre Dame de Fatima), à Murraça.
Mes débuts furent difficiles, il me fallait apprendre deux langues en même temps : le portugais et le chisena. 
Dear friends,
I hope you are all doing fine by the grace of God.
Just to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy New year 2014. 
Love, Sylvain

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 24 décembre 2013

Mafrwestafrica 02Aujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous souhaitent tout d’abord une belle fête de Noël ainsi qu’une année 2014 pleine de joies et de découvertes
Dans la rubrique « Maisons de formation » :
« Prise d’habit à Kasama »,
 en Zambie, l’un des lieux où se vit l’année spirituelle. Parmi les nouveaux novices, deux sont originaires de notre province d’Afrique de l’Ouest
 (lire la suite) 
« Acolytat à Abidjan »
, notre maison de 4ème étape en Côte d’Ivoire. Parmi les nouveaux acolytes, un togolais et un malien, de la PAO. (lire la suite) 
« Serment missionnaire et diaconat à Abidjan »
, pour cinq jeunes confrères, dont Armand Dakouo, originaire du Mali, c’est l’engagement définitif dans notre société missionnaire. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Baobab Echos n° 18 
», la dernière édition du bulletin de notre province (décembre 2013). (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :
« Mariage Islamo Chrétien au Mali »
, un article du Père Josef Stamer, qui travaille à l’IFIC (Institut de formation islamo chrétienne) à Bamako. (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Vu au Sud, – Vu du Sud » :
« La journée nationale du paysan » 
, la reproduction d’un article paru dans le quotidien « Le Pays » au Burkina Faso, qui pose la question de savoir si cette journée est vraiment pour les paysans ou pour les décideurs politiques.
 (lire la suite) 
Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :
« L’Afrique du sud, vue par Albert Kondemodre ». Albert, originaire du diocèse de Kaya au Burkina, partage ce qui l’a frappé au cours de sa première année en Afrique du sud. (lire la suite)
« Trois « anciens » de la Province », les Pères Fagnon, Bailleul, et de Clebsattel, racontent ce qu’ils ont vécu jusqu’ici(lire la suite)
Sylvain_Yameogo«  Sylvain Yameogo, du Mozambique ». Après cinq ans d’engagement dans ce pays, le Père Sylvain dit quelle a été son expérience dans ce pays. (lire la suite)

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