80th Birthday anniversary of Reinhold Bloching, M.Afr


reinhold-bloching-80-cFrom Northern Province:

“Happy Birthday Fr. Reinhold Bloching. Hammy more happy returns”. Michael Mawelera, M. Afr, Kasama.

From Eastern Province:

“Dear Reinhold, happy birthday on Thursday. God is good. I will follow you soon on 23rd November”. Jean-Luc Gouiller, M.Afr

From Canada:

“Greetings from Quebec. Many thanks for the invitation but unhappily I will not be able to be present at the birthday party of Reinhold. I will be with you all because your kind invitation brought about happy memories of birthday parties in Woodlands. I will pray for Reinhold who is still with you in Zambia. Reinhold and I started theology together in Ottawa; he read the Gospel at my first Holy Mass and he is a friend of my family. I wish him good health and happiness in his service at Woodlands. You are all in my thoughts and in my prayers.

P.S.: Greetings and good wishes from Jules Roy, Jean-Marie Béliveau, Ray-Marie Fortin.” Jacques Bédard, M.Afr

From United Kingdom:

“To Reinhold, wishing you many blessings on your eightieth birthday, especially that you settle down happily there in your new community and that you may continue to be good news to the confreres and many others as you were in Ndola”. Dave Cullen, M.Afr

From Quebec:

“It is with pleasure that I come to wish you, Reinhold, a happy anniversary birthday. So you are entering in the group of OCTO (octogénaire) congratulations. I wish you a good party. Good health and a happy retirement”. Jean-Marie Beliveau, M.Afr

reinhold-bloching-80-bFrom Mozambique:

“Fr. Bloching, happy birthday. May the Lord continue to bless you and reward for the many good things you have done to people and your confreres. Stay well and happy shikulu!” Dimitri Yampa.

From France:

“Venerato, Please convey all my best wishes to Reinhold. I thank the Lord with him for the excellent missionary work he did all these years in Zambia and in Ndola. I was happy to live few months with him. Enjoy the celebration. Union of prayers”. Patrick Bataille, M.Afr

From South Africa:

“Dear Reinhold, unfortunately I cannot make it for the party but I wish you a very happy 80th birthday; I have good memories of the boisterous Reinhold and I am sure that age hasn’t diminished your commitment. Everything of the best from Bethlehem!” Fons Vanden Boer, M.Afr

From Kigoma – Tanzania

“Dear Fr. Reinhold Bloching, Happy Birthday, “80″ wonderful years and smashing indeed! As I was part time a member of Zambian Regional/Province at that time, I remember you very well working in the Northern Province. I join you in thanking the good Lord and may the creator grant you more years of good health, joy and peace. I hear of barbecue, waooooo! If I had plane I could fly there. I wish you well. Haa haaa, the bottles! Those are legal pleasures of apostolic life and human desires! I am here with Br. Theodor Call, M.Afr. J.B. Mapunda Mpundu Kasakulamasonde, M.Afr, Kabanga Parish community, Kigoma diocese.

From: Niger:

“Greetings from Zinder parish in Niger. Happy 80th birthday dear confrere Reinhold Bloching. We celebrated a thanksgiving mass for the gift of your life at the service of your fellow brothers and sisters of the African world. We are very happy and proud of you. May God grant you generously many more happy years through Christ our Lord! Amen! Chaka chabwino chopambana zedi! Joyeux anniversaire! Joyeux anniversaire! Barka da sallah! Yours, fraternally, Joseph Francis Makoka, M.Afr, Paroisse de Zinder – Niger

From Dublin:

“Lieber Reinhold. Gratulation zum Zwischenstopp… mach einfach weiter so“ . Karl Kaelin, M.Afr, Dublin 

From 1 Mwapona Road:

Dear Reinhold, we shall gather around you on the very day in prayer and the good things we shall share. The years of age, the years of mission, your long history and presence in missions especially in Zambia are a gift of God to you, a gift of your family to us. We rejoice and are glad.

 “Ubuta bwa mukote: bulashila pa kapanda.  Happy birthday mensch“! Venerato Babaine, M.Afr

Farewell of Reinhold Bloching at New Kaloko parish.


Lighting 20 candles for 20 years of service in New Kaloko_JPEG_2On 8th May 2016 the parishioners of New Kaloko bid farewell to their shepherd. Our confrere Reinhold Bloching who for the last twenty years prayed with them and worked for them, went for his well-deserved home leave and left the parish for good. He is remembered not only for creating the parish and building the church, but also for constructing about 50 houses in the compound for the poorest of the poor. He also created a school called Bupe Mulenga Youth Training Centre in which young boys and girls from poor families can learn some skills needed in life, namely carpentry, brick laying, metal work, tailoring etc. For all of these and for many more things not mentioned here, the parishioners said a big THANK YOU. On the above mentioned day we gathered for the Eucharist to pray for Reinhold. Among the concelebrants there was also our Sector Delegate Fr. Venerato Babaine, who delivered the sermon, and Fr. Romaric. It was a very moving ceremony in which the parish movements expressed their gratitude and presented to Reinhold some gifts. But that was not the end of the farewell. The second part took place after the Mass, outside the church in a well prepared place. There were dances and groups offering gifts, among them delegates from other Churches, and of course a meal prepared by the Parish Council. The whole event was finished in late afternoon. We came home happy to see how our Zambian brothers and sisters are grateful for the good work done by Reinhold. Reinhold, I would like to let you know that you are being remembered, because every time I come to New Kaloko I am greeted with a question: “how is Father Bloching”. Well done, Reinhold and God bless you. Franciszek Szczurek, M.Afr

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New Bishop for Mpika Diocese, Mgr. Justin Mulenga


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On the 12th of March 2016, the town of Mpika became for a day the centre of ecclesial life in Zambia as scores of Catholics converged to the City to witness the ordination of Fr Justin Mulenga as new Bishop of Mpika Diocese. Bishops, priests, religious and the laity came from different parts of the country and from neighbouring Tanzania to be part of the event. The President of Zambia, various government officials and opposition party leaders also graced the occasion with their presence! We do not have communities in Mpika Diocese anymore but the Missionaries of Africa were represented by ten Confreres from Lusaka, Ndola, Serenje and Kasama.

The liturgical assembly that gathered on green Mpika Cathedral grounds on that cool Saturday morning celebrated its faith, dancing with joy to the sound of traditional drums and music from the renowned Babuomba choir. Archbishop Ignatius Chama of Kasama, who administered the Diocese for the last four years, presided over the beautiful ceremony as Principal consecrator. He was assisted by Bishops Georges Lungu and Bernard Chisanga of Chipata and Mansa Dioceses respectively.

In his speech, the new Bishop, Justin Mulenga who is originally from Kasama Archdiocese thanked the many people who had in one way or another contributed to the spiritual journey that brought him to where he is today. On his long list of names also figured those of three confreres whose lives particularly inspired him: Reinhold Bloching, Guy Lefebvre (1927-2009) and Joseph Stumpf (1931-2006). We may not have communities in Mpika Diocese but through them and many other confreres the legacy of the Missionaries of Africa lives on. With the Church of Mpika Diocese we give thanks to God for the gift of a shepherd.

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Golden Jubilee of Reinhold Bloching and farewell to Jules Roy


Reinhold Bloching and Jules Roy during mass.
Reinhold Bloching and Jules Roy during mass.

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Reinhold Bloching is celebrating his Golden Jubilee of priesthood this year. The community of Ndola organized a special celebration to commemorate it on Tuesday the 8th July in Ndola. A simple but joyful gathering brought about thirty people, mostly Religious Sisters, diocesan priests and Missionaries of Africa. Reinhold has set up a remarkable church at New Kaloko in the outskirt of Ndola. The inside church is decorated with African symbols in line with the local culture. Congratulation for this outstanding achievement.

At this same occasion, the Missionaries of Africa thanked Jules Roy, who celebrated this Jubilee last year, as he is getting ready to leave his beloved Zambia after 51 years. Like an old elephant, Jules said, leaving the heard to move its way alone, so is his feeling today. We wish him a good retirement back home in Canada. The departure of Jules from Lusaka is on the 31st July 2014. 
Links: 
Our house in Ndola
Great day at New Kaloko Parish, Ndola – Zambia
Invitation to the Golden Jubilee of Fr. Reinhold Bloching and farewell of Fr. Jules Roy

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Invitation to the Golden Jubilee of Fr. Reinhold Bloching and farewell of Fr. Jules Roy


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Jules-Roy-2013The Missionaries of Africa in Ndola are happy to invite you to various celebrations which are taking place in July for the Jubilee of Fr. Reinhold Bloching as well as to say goodbye to Fr. Jules Roy.

This year, Fr. Reinhold Bloching, priest-in-charge of St-John-the-Baptist Parish, New-Kaloko, is celebrating his 50th year of priesthood. At this occasion, there will be a Thanksgiving Mass at his Parish on the 6th July 2014 at 09h30. The Bwana-Mukubwa deanery is also organizing a Thanksgiving Mass on the 12th July at St-Peter’s Parish, Mushili, with all the priests and pastoral workers of the deanery.
Fr. Jules Roy, who is actually assisting the Parish of Twapia and working for Dole Hill and two other centres, is leaving Zambia for good. He has been at the service of local Church in Zambia for 51 years in different dioceses such as Kasama, Mpika, Lusaka,
Mansa and lastly Ndola.

You are invited to join us for dinner on the 8th July at 18h30 in our community of Ndola situated at Shinde Street No 44 to celebrate the Jubilee of Fr. Reinhold and to bid farewell to Fr. Jules Roy.
Thanks in advance and may God bless you!
Fr. Piet Verkleij (Superior)                  Fr. Camille Konkobo (Secretary) 0976104541
See PDF file
Also: 
Our house in Ndola
Great day at New Kaloko Parish, Ndola – Zambia
Short presentation of Kasamba Community, Zambia
Words of thanks of Jules Roy for his 50th Jubilee celebration

Great day at New Kaloko Parish, Ndola – Zambia


St. John the Baptist -bookWith great thankfulness to our confrere Reinhold Bloching for his pastoral and social work at New Kaloko Parish, Rt. Rev. Alick Banda gave the sacrament of confirmation to 99 young and some not so young people on the 17th March 2013. This first official visit of the Bishop coincided with the launching of a small book of 25 pages entitle: “St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (New Kaloko)” written by our confrere.
When Reinhold came to New Kaloko in January 1996, he had to face a new world even though he was already in Zambia for many years. He started by making a survey of the population, its religious and tribal composition, its social challenges and the history of this newly created compound where people occupied illegally any open space near the industrial area of Ndola. “As I got more and more involved with our Christians and the population at large, I was also challenged. Thus I started various religious and social initiatives”, wrote Reinhold.
Yearly reports over the development in the compound provided the necessary content for the writing of the book answering the wishes to the Christians of New Kaloko. Printed by Mission Press in Ndola, written in Chibemba, the book is well illustrated and can be purchase in Ndola or at the Missionaries of Africa in Woodlands at the price of only 5 Kwacha.
Congratulations to Reinhold Bloching for this beautiful achievement.

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