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If I forget SAP, let my right hand wither!!!

Acolytat Herve Jeru 2014 02Just to thanks you for your great job. Here in Jerusalem, life is fine. I am still trying to enjoy as much as possible my stay in the Holy Land. As you already know, this week with God’s grace, my two classmates and I received the ministry of Acolytat and also renewed our Declaration of Intent to continue our formation within the Society of the Missionaries of Africa in view of the Oath and the priesthood at the service of our brothers and sisters in the African world. We had the chance to be with Fr Peter Welsh who came for a visit from Rome.
If I forget SAP, let my right hand wither!!! After spending three years in that province, I am still in touch with all the messages and news sent to all including me. Thanks indeed for your great job as Secretary with the creation of the SAP blog. My regards to all the confreres in Woodlands with a special greeting to our zealous and dedicated Provincial Fr Christopher Chileshe.
Find attached a picture of the memorable day!!!
Yours ever,
Hervé Tougma, Second Year student in Jerusalem
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Read this article in French at :

« Acolytat à Jérusalem » par Hervé Tougma, candidat M.Afr burkinabè théologique. (lire la suite ) 

It is a great abundance from God to have a Priest in the Farm of Hope.

Phelim Malumo Philipines 2014 02logo_fazenda_2013A Missionary of Africa in the Philippines
By Phelim Malumo, M.Afr
“My name is Fr. Phelim Malumo, 42 years old and I am from Zambia. I have 8 siblings at home. I finished my secondary education in 1992 at the Christian school in Mongu. I joined the society of Missionaries of Africa as a postulant in 1994. Thereafter, I was selected to start my Philosophy in Tanzania for 3 years (1994-1997). I went for novitiate in Kasama, Zambia. Thereafter, I went for my 2-years pastoral experience in South Africa. I did theology in Nairobi, Kenya from 2002-2004. I made my Missionary oath in 2003, I was ordained Priest in 2004 in the Diocese of Mongu, Zambia. My first Missionary appointment was to South Africa, Siyabuswa Parish. After 3 years, I come back to Zambia and worked in different Parishes in Zambia.
I had issues related to alcohol addiction, and then I tried therapy in Zambia, Tanzania and Canada. In 2012, I fully recovered. So, I was to appointed to Lumimba Parish for 2 years from 2012-2014.
After a positive and fruitful experience there, the province of Southern Africa thought that I could use my experience to help other people facing various kinds of addiction. And due to the experience of the other priests at Fazenda in Mozambique and Brazil, it was thought that I should go to one Fazenda community to live, discover and learn the Fazenda way of helping people with their addiction. Fortunately, being connected before with Bishop Ian de Groef spoke positively about Fazenda activities and I was very much inspired to start something like that in Bethlehem Diocese in South Africa. And in collaboration with Father Hans, Nelson, Roland and Richardson together with SAP Provincial Council and our General Council in Rome, I was welcomed to make my experience in their community here in Fazenda Masbate.
Now, from November 2014, I am part of Fazenda in Masbate, Philippines. For 1 year, I will live here to understand better the charism, spirituality and mission of Fazenda to the world. We feel that there are rule of Prayer, community life and their mission can make us easy in collaborate and profit from each other’s spirituality. Currently, the Chairman of Fazenda Masbate is Richardson da Silva from Brazil. So far, I have been very much touched by the spirit in Fazenda with lay people, sister’s, priests, and even married people working together to help the boys and girls. I admire the spirituality of Chiara, the Word of Life which guides our community living based on the gospel. Our sharing of goods helps us to form a united family. I help at this community through Mass and spiritual guidance together with the Sisters and the Missionaries. I hope that after this experience, the society of Missionaries of Africa could establish something like this in South Africa where we have issues in addiction and other related problems.
Our community in Cebu is also connected to Fazenda through Group of Living Hope, regularly meets in their house, and slowly, they seem to have more collaboration. And I’m happy to be connected to Focolare Movement. Recently, I learned a lot from Mariapolis which was held here in Fazenda. Fazenda opened me to expose in different kinds of people with different skills.
We strongly believe that the Spirituality of Hope. Fazenda is a place where people were facing with various addiction and issues gets new hope and meaning in Life through prayer, community life and work.
It is my conviction that this experience will be of help to me, the church, society and all people facing with various kinds of addiction and related issues thereby fulfilling Christ’s words in John 10:10 “I came that they may have life, life in its fullness and abundance”

Hervé Tougma renouvelle sa Déclaration d’intention à Jérusalem

Hervé Tougma 03By Dominique Arnauld, M.Afr, Jérusalem
Thank you and “Bonne fête” à vous aussi!
Ce soir, 26 novembre 2014, Cletus Atindaana, David Elweu et Hervé Tougma renouvellent leur Déclaration d’intention et reçoivent le ministère de l’acolytat.
Réjouissez-vous avec nous!
Hervé a fait son stage apostolique à Chezi au Malawi. Il poursuit sa deuxième année d’étude en théologie à Jérusalem.
Nous nous réjouissons avec Cletus, David et Hervé.

Missionary Congress, Johannesburg, South Africa

EnlargeBy Michel Meunier, M.Afr
25th – 26th October 2014
On Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 4pm, around 250 people came from fifty (50) different parishes (out of 120 parishes in the whole archdiocese). Not bad, for a first time! But we got the quality, if not the expected quantity: we had aimed at five delegates from each parish, which would have amounted to 600! The M.Afr who took part were Jan DeGroef (Bishop), Didier Michon, Christophe Boyer, Martin Somda (stagiaire), Seán O’Leary and Michel Meunier.
The AIMS of the Congress were:
  • to explore ways for us, the Church, to fulfil our vocation of proclaiming the Gospel / Mission
  • to move from maintenance to being on mission (enlarge our tent)
  • to celebrate our baptismal call together
  • to take back to our parishes the motivation to move forward on mission


Link: Missionary Congress in October 2014 in South Africa

Newsletter South Africa no 45 – November 2014

Newsletter South Africa no 45 logo


Missionary Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa
Martin Somda 2014By Martin Somda, Stagiaire in Henley Parish, South Africa
Should it still be said today “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few”, while thousands of thousands are getting baptised and confirmed every year? Yes, the sad reality is that the workers are still few. And here we see a contrast: While many receive Baptism and Confirmation, few are ready to be sent as workers in the harvest of the Lord. Why is it so? This is a question to everybody. Through the zeal of some missionaries, among whom our M.Afr. confrères, the Archdiocese of Johannesburg thinks one of the reasons might be lack of awareness; to work in the harvest of the Lord, we are called to be sent and to take up our crosses and follow Jesus, the first missionary per excellence. To help its different parishes to come to a greater awareness of their missionary call as per their baptism, the Missionary Group of the archdiocese of Johannesburg organised a MISSIONARY CONGRESS with the theme: “ENLARGE THE SPACE OF YOUR TENT” from the prophet Isaiah (54:2).

Bonne fête – Happy Lavigerie Day

Cardinal_LavigerieTo the entire family of Lavigerie; relatives and Friends of M.Afr such as MIMSAF, MSOLA Sisters, students, stagiaires, Deacons, Brothers and Fathers, we wish you all a Happy Lavigerie Day.

Born in 1825 in Bayonne, France, the Cardinal Charles Lavigerie died today the 26th November in St. Eugène, Algeria, in 1892.  

SAP Provincial Council attending their meeting in Lusaka, November 2014

The SAP Provincial Council met from the 14th till the 18th November 2014 in Lusaka for their be-annual meeting. A spirit of friendship and unity prevailed throughout the four day meeting, the participants enjoying a day of rest on Sunday.


Oath and Diaconate in Abidjan

Invitation 2014 01The Formation House in Abidjan has the pleasure to welcome us for the Oath and Diaconate of eleven students. Among them are Paul Makambi Kitha form Malawi and Humphrey Kukuka form Zambia. Dates: 12th and 13th December 2014.

Oath and diaconate of Br. Serge Boroto – Merrivale, South Africa

Serge Botoro invitation cardDear confrere,

On behalf of the Merrivale Formation House, I would like to send you this invitations for oath and diaconate of Br. Serge Boroto.


Konrad Millanzi


Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 16 novembre 2014

Mafrwestafrica 02Aujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site :
Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :
« Prise d’habit à Bobo-Dioulasso » : c’est le 24 octobre 2014 que les 17 novices présents à Samagan, près de Bobo-Dioulasso, ont pris l’habit des Missionnaires d’Afrique (lire la suite) 
« Invitation au serment et diaconat à Abidjan » C’est le 12 décembre 2014 que 11 étudiants Missionnaires d’Afrique de la maison de formation d’Abidjan prononceront s’engageront à vie par le serment missionnaire et seront ordonnés diacres le 13 décembre. (lire la suite) 
« Pères Blancs, les aventuriers de Dieu », tel est le titre d’un livre qui vient d’être publié et dont le bon de commande (réservé aux Pères Blancs) est disponible par téléchargement 
(lire la suite) 
Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :
« Au Burkina le 16 novembre 2014 » quelques liens internet mis à disposition pour donner une idée de la situation présente dans ce pays. (lirela suite ) 
« Accaparement des terres au Mozambique » un article rédigé par le père Norbert Angibaud au sujet de cette situation préoccupante qui lèse les plus pauvres dans ce pays (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix » : 
« Vivre ensemble » un article de Voix d’Afrique n° 104 de septembre 2014, qui est un appel de diverses associations pour plus de tolérance envers les migrants et un accueil plus humain de ces personnes en difficulté (lire la suite)
Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :
« Quel dialogue islamo-chrétien ? » quelques articles tirés du bulletin n° 96 de l’ARCRE, (Action pour la Rencontre des Cultures et des Religions en Europe) (lire la suite) 
« Lettre du diocèse de Laghouat Ghardaia ». Du mois de novembre 2014, lettre rédigée comme à l’accoutumée par Mgr Claude Rault, évêque du lieu(lire la suite) 
« Quelques évêques d’Afrique de l’Ouest à Rome » : la visite « ad limina » des évêques du Sénégal, de Guinée Bissau et de Mauritanie, et les encouragements que leur a prodigués le pape François. 
(lire la suite). 
Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :
« Un livre du père Serge Traore », dont le titre est « Retrouver l’harmonie ». Le Père Serge Moussa Traoré, originaire d la P.A.O., vit présentement la mission au Brésil. (lire la suite) 
« L’Algérie vers le 150ème anniversaire »
, (le 150ème anniversaire de la fondation des Missionnaires d’Afrique) un texte du Provincial du Maghreb, le Père José Maria Cantal Rivas et qui se trouve aussi dans « diverses nouvelles » du Maghreb(lire la suite) 

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