By Dominic Kapatamoyo, Malawian
Wednesday the 25th November was a great and joyful day in our Jerusalem Small Formation Group (SFG) and the entire St. Anne’s Community. Together with my three classmates: Patrick Sebyera (Congolese), Olivier Ndayikengurukiye (Burundian) and Simon Chege Njuguna (Kenyan), I took a further step with the Society of the Missionaries of Africa by renewing my Declaration of Intent and receiving the ministry of the Acolyte. It was a very beautiful celebration with about 70 participants. The Mass was celebrated by our confrere, Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, M.Afr, who happens to be one a member of St. Anne’s Jerusalem community.
In his homily, Archbishop Michael pointed out the meaning of being an acolyte: helping the deacon and to minister to the priest and distribute Holy Communion as an auxiliary minister. I was profoundly touched in my heart when we sang the song, “Here I am Lord, is it I Lord, I have heard you calling in the night, I will go Lord, where you lead me, I will hold your people in my heart”. Indeed, here I am Lord, I have come to do your will.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all you, especially our SAP Provincial Council who accepted me to renew my Declaration of Intent and receive the above mentioned ministry. May the Good Lord continues blessing you all and our beloved SAP Province. I thank you so much for your prayers and support in my missionary journey.
Wishing you all a good and fruitful Advent season as we wait the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us prepare our hearts to receive him well. My best regards to you all.