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Home leave of Bro. Clenerius Mutale Chimpali in Zambia

By Bro. Clenerius Mutale Chimpali, M.Afr
My home leave started on the 20th November 2013 to end up on the 17th February 2014. It was a time of good rest, encounter with friends and family members and above all a time of discovery whereby I found the sacredness in my daily life at home as much as with neighbors, friends and confreres.
It was very gratifying to be welcomed so well by the provincial community in Lusaka, Kawama community in Kitwe, two Missionaries communities in Kasama and the Lualuo formation house. Indeed the Bemba people would say ‘Uwakwesha Ubushiku, bamutasha ngabwacha!’ and ‘uushitasha, mwana wandoshi!’
I felt at home as I gained wisdom from our senior most confreres. I could also refresh my memories with my fellow young confreres whom we met during formation time.
I got the opportunity to be closer to my elderly father of 81 years old. I felt so touch whenever I saw him actively farming which prompted me to join him. This old man could still wake up at 5:30 am to work.
I also enjoyed the memorial service of my late Mother on the 16th December which brought many family members and friends together. The unveiling of the tombstone refreshed our good memories with our mother. At the same time, it gave us a sense of strength and unity, responsibility, hardworking, forgiving one another and loving one another as we remembered mom’s common key phrases.
Another interesting occasion of my holidays was the invitation by the Sector Superior to attend the Sector Assembly. Thanks to Fr. Oswald, the Sector Assembly was an eye opener, a time of encounter and frank talk with new confreres.
An occasion in Kasamba enabled me to visit my cherished brother’s family and my friend Fr. Kamunenge. On the 26th January 2014, I was part at the Parish of those who ushered the chosen new Bishop of Mansa. It was like a triumphant entry as people danced with braches, singing and welcoming Father Patrick Chisanga OMF from the road side.
Musonda FallsMy visit to Mansa town was so great. I had good time with friends whom I met a long time ago. It gave me an opportunity to visit Musonda Fall and Musonda technical secondary school. As an electrician, I profited from my visit to Musonda to go to the electric power station which was so interesting.
Finally, I was among the multitude of people who witnessed Bishop Patrick Chisanga ordination in Mansa on the 1st February. It was a moving experience and a time to enjoy Safya Beach.
Indeed my home leave was restful, enjoyable, made me feel closer to my family and friends and above all gave me a home touch. Allow me to use Anais Nin’s words: “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
Many Thanks to all, God bless you.
Pray for me as I go back to the mission in Ghana-Nigeria Province in Tamale-Ghana.

South Africa – Appointment of the Bishop of Port Elizabeth

Monsignor-Vincent-Mduduzi-Zungu 2Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – On February 2 , 2014, the Holy Father Rev. appointed Fr. Vincent Mduduzi Zungu, O.F.M., Definitor General for Africa and the Middle East, in Rome as Bishop of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth (South Africa).
Fr. Vincent Mduduzi Zungu, O.F.M., was born on April 28, 1966, in the village of Mbongolwane, in the Diocese of Eshowe. He studied Philosophy and Theology at St. John Vianney Major Seminary, in Pretoria. He entered the Franciscan Order on January 18, 1988. He obtained a Licentiate in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of Strasbourg, France (2001-2005). He was ordained a priest on July 8, 1995.
Since ordination he has served in various pastoral and diocesan roles: 1996-1999: Assistant priest in the Mission of Hardenberg; 2000-2006: Master of Novices and Guardian of the convent of Besters; 2007-2008: Professor of the St. John Vianney Major Seminary, Provincial Vicar and Assistant of the Postulants; 2008-2009: Provincial of the Franciscans in South Africa. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 03/02/2014)

Pope Francis appoints new bishop for Catholic Diocese of Port Elizabeth

Denis Hurley in 2014 – Justice & Peace in South Africa

Jesuits SA LogoBy Anthony Egan SJ
Ten years ago this week, on 13 February 2004 to be precise, Denis Hurley OMI the retired Catholic archbishop of Durban died.  As a priest and bishop, as a theologian and religious leader in the struggle against apartheid, he made perhaps the greatest contribution to putting Catholicism firmly in the South African public square.
Before him, the Catholic Church in South Africa was cautious and quite inward-looking. Prohibited during Dutch rule, coolly tolerated by the British, and treated with intense suspicion after the Union of South Africa in 1910, the Church was (unsurprisingly) cautious in challenging apartheid. With the majority of its clergy foreign-born and thus vulnerable to deportation it was encouraged even by the Vatican to ‘play it safe’ after the 1948 National Party election victory. But Hurley, a white South African by birth, Oblate priest and bishop since 1946, thought differently. He believed that it was a matter of faith to oppose apartheid. FULL TEXT in PDF

Visit of MSOLA Sisters at Woodlands

Croix MSOLAThe community of Woodlands was very pleased to welcome the MSOLA Sisters on the 11th February 2014. Among them, the Superior General Sister Carmen Sammut and Sister Maria del Carmen Ocon Moteno, General Assistant, from Rome. Then, Sister Margaret Kennedy, Regional East African Region. Sister Flora Ridder is a member of the MSOLA community in Lusaka.

Partage Trentaprile Sharing – December 2013

Trentaprile Sharing December 2013Sharing Trentaprile is published 4 times a year by the Missionaries of Our Lady of Africa.

Simply click on the picture to read the content.

In this issue; Future perspectives focus on our MSOLA mission.

Pope Francis appoints Fr. Moses Hamungole new bishop of Monze

Moses Hamungole copieBy Masuzyo Chakwe, The Post Neswpaper, Zambia, Mon 10 Feb. 2014
POPE Francis has appointed Fr. Moses Hamungole as the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Monze. Zambia Episcopal Conference spokesperson Father Paul Samasumo said yesterday that the bishop-elect was a Diocesan priest of Lusaka Archdiocese.
Fr Samasumo said until his appointment, Fr Hamungole had been working as the director of English service Africa and Kiswahili radio programmes at the Vatican Radio in Rome, Italy. He said the current Bishop of Monze, Right Rev Emilio Patriarca, would continue in his role until Fr Hamungole was ordained on a date to be announced. Fr Samasumo said Fr Hamungole was born on May 1, 1967 in Kafue.
The Post Online“He started his junior secondary school at Kafue Boys but completed his senior secondary school education, in 1986, at Mukasa Minor Seminary School in Choma. In 1987, he was accepted to study philosophy and started his priestly studies at St Augustine’s Major Seminary in Mpima, Kabwe. Later, in 1990, he proceeded to St Dominic’s Major Seminary in Lusaka for pastoral and theological studies. He graduated with a degree in Theology in 1994,” he said. “After his ordination as a priest on 6 August ,1994, Fr Hamungole worked as an assistant parish priest in Lusaka and Kabwe before being appointed to the then Yatsani TV Production studios (now CMS-TV Production studios) as studio manager, in 1997. Two years later, he proceeded to study at the Gregorian University in Rome where, in 2002, he graduated with a Licentiate in Social Science.”
Fr Samasumo said Fr Hamungole had also worked at AMECEA secretariat as secretary of social communications in Nairobi, Kenya between 2002 and 2009.
“During this time, he was also president of SIGNIS Africa. (SIGNIS is the world association of Catholic communicators). While working at the Vatican Radio, Fr. Hamungole has also been studying as a doctoral student of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium,” said Fr Samasumo.

Victory for African Knowledge Systems

SanfomasBy Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr
I was privileged to be in South Africa when the funeral of Nelson Mandela took place. But I was attracted by an unusual article published by The Sunday Independent newspaper on the 22nd December 2013.
“The Supreme Court of Appeal has taken a giant step in recognising the wisdom of our ancestors, and the upliftment of indigenous beliefs” wrote Annelie de Wet. In short, it is about a case whereby the Court gave justice to Johanna Mmoledi (46), a sangoma, who won against her former employer. She was fired for taking a month’s unpaid leave in order to finish her thwasa process – an African spriritual/psyshological healing process followed by initiation.
Sunday_Independent_(South_Africa)The Court acknowledged that “Mmoledi’s ailment does fit in with the pre-existing African knowledge system of ukubizwa (the ancestral call, manifesting as a set of objectivity known psychological and physical ailments) and thwasa…” Even though, the judgment seems to maintain a narrow reduced definition of African traditional healing (ATH) as a “belief system”, the door has been opened whereby an employer runs “a serious risk by dismissing employees’ cultural issues summarily without trying to understand their import”.
“Yet western psychologists are ‘objective’ enough to appear as expert witnesses. And they are professionals who uphold the reality of unseen forces such as the psyche, or the unconstious – just like sangomas upholding unseen ancestral forces.”
Beyond this labour case dispute, this saga shows that “knowledge of the subjectivity and fluidity of proples’ most cherished assumptions – even what is called scientific evidence – removes the basis for intellectual imperialism in a multi-cultural society.” What a victory indeed!
In other words, “seen from a therapeutic point of view, ancestral practices, through ritual and ceremony, offer a most powerful and healing entrance into the universal human unconscious.”
Dreams_Fenza_bookIn my view, this article supports the research published by FENZA published in January 2013 entitled “Dreams. Where do Biblical, Zambian and Western Approaches Meet?” More specifically, the fifth chapter entitled “Zambian approaches to dreams and Western psychology: towards a pastoral approach” by Bernhard Udelhoven, makes a significant contribution in our worldwide perception by saying that “attempts to positively combine Western and Zambian approaches in a way that remains true and respectful to the different understandings of human life, start maybe by nature from a postmodern paradigm: building on assumptions of epistemological pluralism (meaning an awareness that no single theoretical framework can explain reality in its totality), different theoretical foundations – even when they seem to be mutually exclusive – are allowed to stand side by side so as to come to a fuller appreciation of reality.” (page 80)
Full article from the newspaper – PDF

Open Day at Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art

Kungoni LogoJean-Baptiste Champmartin 1908Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art was establish in 1976 by Claude Boucher Chisale at Mua Mission to celebrate the wealth of Malawi’s cultural and artistic inheritance.
The first Saturday of August is devoted to an of public thanksgiving in which all those who have contributed to the life of Kungoni Centre and Mua Mission over the years are remembered in song and dance. The Open Day is named in honour of Jean-Baptiste Champmartin (Bambo Chamare), who served at Mua Mission from 1908 till 1949.

Each year a team is chosen for the Open Day. The theme of 2013 was about ‘change’. The celebration offers a reflection on the Chewa proverbs that advises cautious acceptance in the face of ‘change’: “Time cannot be stopped. When you see what is new, don’t through away the past!”
Join us in reliving the Open Day of 3rd August 2013 with the following DVDs: Inculturated Eucharistic Celebration (Vol. 1). Chisudzo: A play to measure the present by reflection on the past (Vol. 2). Cultural Danse (Vol. 3). 
Takulandirani! You are welcome! 
The next Open Day will be held at Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art on Saturday the 2nd August 2014.

Day different from others in Mansa, Zambia

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BISHOP Patrick ChisangaFebruary 7, 2014 
FEBRUARY 1 2014, was like any other day…but it will remain a memorable day for the most people of Mansa, particularly members of the Catholic Church. Hundreds of the church members from all over Zambia and from the neighbouring countries gathered at Don Boscoe’s grounds of St James Parish in Chimese, just almost a kilometer away from Mansa central business district. The aim of the gathering was to witness the consecration of a Catholic priest, Father Patrick Chisanga as the Bishop of Mansa Diocese. The diocese had no bishop for five years. FULL STORY
Also on SAP Blog: Episcopal Ordination of Tr Rev. Patrick Chisanga OFM Conv

Leaked draft constitution by Zambian Watchdog

Zambian WatchdogA critical website [1], the Zambian Watchdog, one of which President Michael Sata and his cadres dismiss as a rogue media outlet has leaked one of the ruling party’s most guarded secrets – the draft constitution.
The 264 page document was leaked the night of Wednesday, January 14, 2014 and has since gone viral with members of the public whom President Sata did not want to give the document – at least for now – accessing it.
President Sata had promised to deliver a constitution with 90 days of assuming power on September 22, 2011 but now in his three years of governance the promise like many others has gone unfulfilled.
Although President Sata appointed a Technical Committee to Draft the constitution, whose among the many terms of reference, was to release the document simultaneously the Head of State reneged and demanded only 10 copies.
This outraged the public and a well organised Prayer Vigil was massively attended to demand the release of the constitution but those calls from members of the public, the church, civil society organisation, students and opposition fell on deaf ears.
However, Zambians will cry no more for the document as the Zambian Watchdog – blocked from access within Zambia – has given it out in its draft form as compiled by the Technical Committee in August 2013.
The draft constitution contains all the contentious clauses President Sata is opposing including the 50+1 threshold to elect a president, a presidential running mate and dual citizenship clause, among others.
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[1] The Zambian Watchdog, a private online publication which exposes alleged government corruption, has been blocked by the government. See:

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