SAP Young Confreres meeting in FENZA, Zambia.


young-confreres-feb-2017-02-jpegSAP Young Confreres are meeting in FENZA, Zambia, to share their experiences as missionaries. They all have a few years of ministry and full of zeal. The participants are: Remacle Lamec Ciza from Henley-KwaMphumuza, South Africa, Frank Mbala Kalala from Sussundenga, Mozambique, Benjamin Itungabose from Kasamba, Zambia, Mathew Banseh from Lumimba, Zambia, Douglas Moumanyi Ogato from Serenje, Zambia, Lawrence Tukamushaba from Kasama, Zambia, Africano Mucunguzi from Mua, Malawi, Emmanuel Barongo from Kanengo, Malawi, Alain Christian Muhineza from Namushakende, Zambia and Jean-Bosco Nibigira from Dombe, Mozambique.

Animators: Deogratias Ngowi from Merrivale, South Africa and Justin Sebakunzi from Lua-Luo Spiritual Formation Centre, Zambia. Also on the picture: Felix Phiri, SAP Provincial.

Installation of Rev. Fr. Norbert Renatus Nkingwa, M. Afr, as Parish Priest of St. Annes’ Parish, New Town, Kasama.


installation-of-rev-fr-norbert-renatus-nkingwa-05b2By Mike Mawelera, M. Afr

On Sunday, 16th October, 2016, in a colourful and joyful atmosphere, His Grace, Archbishop Ignatius Chama of the Archdiocese of Kasama, Zambia, celebrated Mass with the Catholic community at the Ordination Square within the premises of St. Anne’s Parish.

During the celebration, 124 people from St. Anne’s Area alone (the parish has three areas plus a semi-autonomous sub-parish) received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Prior to that, immediately after his homily, Archbishop Chama installed our confrere, Norbert Renatus Nkingwa as the latest Parish Priest of St. Anne’s Parish, New Town, Kasama. Both the Confirmation and the installation were met and received with great jubilation from the people. Fr. Lawrence Tukamushaba and Fr. Michael Mawelera, M. Afr were also officially presented to the faithful by the Archbishop as collaborators of Fr. Norbert. Among those who attended the Mass were Hon. Kelvin Sampa, MP of Kasama Central Constituency and the District Commissioner of Kasama Disrict. After a hearty lunch the Archbishop met with the Parish Executive.

I am happy and well pleased to mention that the transition period and the eventual handover of St. Anne’s Parish administration from Fr. Luc Antaya to Fr. Norbert Nkingwa were done professionally and transparently. A lot of time was given to look into the nitty-gritties of the life of the parish.

We now look to the future with faith, hope and love. May God continue to bless our Mission.

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Launching of the 125th anniversary of the Catholic Faith in Zambia.


Mambwe Mwala 2016 00By Lawrence Tukamushaba, M.Afr, Kasama- Zambia

Various activities have been foreseen commemorating the beginning of the Catholic faith in Zambia 125 years ago. The main celebration will be held on August 06 at Mambwe-Mwela situated in the Archdiocese of Kasama where the Missionaries of Africa were the first to settle for good in Zambia. It is important to note that they built this mission on their way from Mponda in Malawi to Tanzania as they took rest because of the illness of Fr Valentin Heurtebise (+1933), one of the pioneers. Fr Achille Van Oost (+1895) was buried in the same area.

The first major activity organised by the Archdiocese was a pilgrimage to Mambwe-Mwela where the first church was built. The ruins of that church are still visible. The pilgrimage started on Friday the 15th and ended up on Sunday the 17th July. Many Christians of Mambwe Parish walked 46 km to reach the site. Our Superior General, Fr Stanley Lubungo, together with Fr Lawrence Tukamushaba and Fr Nobert Nkingwa, joined Fr Edward Mutale, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Coordinator, and Fr Felix Chishamba, the Archdiocesan Communications Director.

Mwambe-Mwila Map2_modifié-2Three reflections were given on the way from Our Lady of Angels Kanamwene Centre, three Kilometres from the site, to the pilgrimage site. Fr Stanley Lubungo spoke about the values of pilgrimages while Fr Lawrence Tukamushaba gave a teaching about the sacraments and Fr Nobert Nkingwa spoke about the meaning of discipleship. Native of the place, Fr Patrick Simutowe, Rector of Mpima Major Seminary in Kabwe, animated the recollection.

It was a reenergising faith journey. Much attention was given to the first brave men who chose to leave everything for the sake of the Gospel. They walked long distances in unknown and hostile lands. However, their hard labour has produced abundant fruits. Fr Stanley reminded the pilgrims that the missionaries planted seeds the fruits of which are the Christians of today. As missionaries and Christians of today we are challenged by their deep faith, love of God and self-denial.

On Thursday 14th July, Fr Stanley was hosted on the Archdiocesan Radio Lutanda FM for an interview about the history of the Church in Zambia.

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Seminar for couples over 25 years of marriage, St. Anne’s parish, Kasama, April 2016.


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By Lawrence Tukamushaba

“The Church is commissioned to proclaim the mercy of God, the beating heart of the gospel which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person,” Pope Francis (The Face of Mercy). What kind of pastoral initiatives can we implement to make the Jubilee Year of Mercy felt in our Parish? We reflected upon this question in our pastoral team meetings. Many initiatives were proposed such as organising seminars for different groups and encouraging people to deepen their sacramental life, especially the sacrament of reconciliation and matrimony.

Indeed, many marriages are in crisis. With the help of Marriage Encounter, the pastoral team put in place a seminar for couples who have been married for 25 years or more. The renewal of their matrimonial vows took place on the second Sunday of Easter or the Divine Mercy Sunday.

With great enthusiasm and excitement, over sixty couples from St. Anne’s Parish main Centre registered for the seminar which took place on the 2nd April. One couple celebrated its 64th years of marriage. For most of them, it was their first seminar ever as couples. They had a chance to share their life experience. It was also a time to look back with gratitude and look at the future with hope.

The renewal of their marriage vows took place at Mass presided by Luc Antaya, M.Afr. In view of everyone, they repeated their love and life commitment for each other. Some refreshments were provided after Mass and a few souvenir pictures taken. The “under 25” are waiting for their great day too. “May pastors [….] be diligent in calling back the faithful to the throne of grace, that they may receive mercy and find grace,” Pope Francis (The face of Mercy, No. 18).

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