Information from the Secretary General
The meeting of the Provincial Superiors will be held in Rome - February 9th. to 23rd. 2014.
Sc. Mbaďdjide Alfred (TC) Moundou (TCH) 11.11.2013
Sc. José Alberto Intuela Sagras (MO) Anchilo (MO) 14.11.2013
Sc. Vera Coello Orlando René (EC) Contagem (BR) 15.11.2013
Bro. Ngunza Mboma Gédéon (CN-MZ) Kinshasa (RDC) 17.11.2013
Fr. Kabuayi Tshibi Charles (CN) Kinshasa (RDC) 27.10.2013
Fr. Dimonekene Sungu Edmond (CN) Kinshasa (RDC) 27.10.2013
Fr. Lipenga Patrick Elias (MZ) Nsanje (MW) 16.11.2013
Fr. Ayebare Archangel (U) Maziba (UG) 23.11.2013
The Catholic Mass Media Awards Ceremony is a solemn yearly event in the Philippines to recognize the best performers in the field of mass media. Our missionary magazine World Mission is not a stranger in the competition since it has won several awards already in previous years. This year, 2013, however, our magazine has witnessed remarkable success with four entries in the finalists, two Awards and a Special Citation.
The awards were given in the following categories: Best Family Oriented Magazine, Best Short Story: "The Naughty Nun" by Fr. Lorenzo Carraro. Special Citation was given to the Special Feature: "Fr. Peter Geremia: Living Legend" by Fr. David da Costa Domingues and Fr. José António Mendes Rebelo. Also in the category of Investigative Journalism World Mission had a finalist in the person of our collaborator Ms. Kris Bayos. The awards are an important recognition for the good work done during the past 25 years at the service of mission and the values of the Kingdom. May World Mission magazine continue to inspire, form, inform and lead many to live with gratitude the gift of mission.
The Ordination to the Diaconate of Ecuadorian, Orlando René Vera Coello, took place at the parish of Săo Domingos, on 17 November and was officiated by the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Belo Horizonte, Mgr. Luiz Gonzaga Féchio. One part of the liturgy that especially impressed was when the new deacon was presented with an apron to signify that, like Jesus, we are all sent to serve and wash the feet of the poor.
A giant leap forward. On 27 October, 2013, two confreres were ordained to the priesthood at the parish of Notre Dame du Bon Secours in Kinshasa: Fr. Charles Kabuayi and Fr. Edmond Dimonekene. The ordaining bishop was Mgr. Sebastien Muyengo, Auxiliary Bishop of Kinshasa, recently appointed by Pope Francis as Ordinary of the diocese of Uvira (Kivu South). Fr. Charles was assigned to the parish of Mungbere (Wamba Diocese) and Fr. Edmond to the Postulancy of Kisangani. At the same parish of Notre Dame du Bon Secours, on 17 November, Bro. Gédéon Ngunza Mboma made his perpetual profession. Bro. Gédéon was assigned to Malawi.
Fiftieth Anniversary. The Comboni Missionaries are about to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their presence here. The jubilee will open on 15 December, 2013, and close on 23 November, 2014. Various events are being planned to mark the occasion and will focus on the History of the Province. The three zones - Kinshasa, Kisangani and Isiro - will organise assemblies on the theme "50 years of Comboni presence in the DRC: revisiting, reclaiming and prospects for the future". A symposium is also being planned on the challenges of the Comboni mission today in the Congo. Fr. Tonino Falaguasta Nyabenda has also written a book entitled "Les héros du Bomokandi" about the heroic witness of our four confreres martyred in 1964 together with dozens of Africans and expatriates. The book will allow us to make our history known to a wider audience than that of the areas where our communities are located. The magazine Afriquespoir - to be printed in full colour starting in January - will publish a calendar for the Jubilee and a special issue. All the material prepared will be available at Afriquespoir, Kinshasa, and in Rome, at the General Curia.
Comboni Missionaries and migrants in Europe. The Comboni Missionaries who work among the migrants in Europe met at Nuremberg, in Germany, from 7 to 10 October last. There were representatives from the European Provincials, the DSP, the General Administration in Rome, the Italian Province, the London Province, Portugal, and the Comboni Sisters of the Province of Europe. The thrust of the meeting echoed the words of Pope Francis during a recent visit to the Astalli Jesuit Centre in Rome: migrants must be served, accompanied and defended. It was proposed to hold, in May or June, 2014, a convention on migration, organised by the entire Comboni Family, to define, study and promote common initiatives applicable to our situation.
The Golden Jubilee of Dekameré Seminary provided a good opportunity for a 3-day mission promotion event and for thanking God for the past fifty years. On October 8th. Sr. Mehret Zeggai spoke of the vocation of Comboni and his fidelity to that call, then the next day, Fr. Mussie Abraham spoke of the call of Abraham in relation to that of Comboni and on the last day, Fr. Gaim Haileslassié spoke of the spirituality of St Daniel. On Friday and Saturday there were a number of liturgical events followed by a large reception in the marquee especially erected for the occasion in the seminary grounds. The event was well supported by confreres, the Bishop, Mgr. Menghesteab Tesfamariam, the Vicars of the four Dioceses of Eritrea, priests, seminarians, Sisters, students, ex-seminarians and lay-people. A souvenir booklet containing the history of the Seminary illustrated with photos, had been printed for the occasion and was given to the former students, to the Governor of the zone and the superiors of the various communities. Everyone received a folder containing material on the seminary and its history.
The Priestly Ordination of Patrick Elias Lipenga took place on Saturday, 16 November 2013, at his home parish of the Good Shepherd, in Nsanje, Diocese of Chikwawa in southern Malawi, near the border with Mozambique. Mgr. Peter Musikuwa, Bishop of Chikwawa, presided over the outdoor Eucharistic celebration. During the homily the bishop reminded Patrick Lipenga, who was accompanied to the altar by his father and mother, of the dignity, the responsibility and duties of a priest. At the end, Fr. Dario Balula Chaves, the Provincial, thanked God for the gift of a new priest to the Church and the Comboni Institute and underlined how the ordination was the best way to conclude the celebration of the 40 years of presence of the Comboni Missionaries in the Province. The Institute worked for some years in Nsanje providing social and spiritual support to the thousands of refugees who in the nineties were fleeing from the civil war in Mozambique.
Administrative elections. For the fourth time in the history of the country, people are preparing for the administrative elections to be held on 20 November, 2013. General elections are planned to take place on 15 October, 2014, during which the new President of the Republic and the Parliament will be decided upon. Renamo, the opposition party, has decided to boycott these electionsand as a result the political and social situation in the country is tense. In this context Fr. José Luis Rodríguez López, Provincial, has written to all the confreres working in the Province to encourage them and, at the same time, to urge them to devote themselves "to the education and formation of the youth and the leaders of the communities, to religious and political education and to education in civil values".
Vows and diaconate. José Alberto Intuela Sagras, a Mozambican, was ordained deacon by Mgr. Germano Grachane, Bishop of Nacala, on 16 November last, at the mission of Carapira, in northern Mozambique. Two days earlier, José Alberto had taken his perpetual vows in the presence of the Provincial, Fr. José Luis Rodríguez López. Fr. José Alberto started his first mission experience at the community and parish of Carapira, in Mozambique, on 1 August, 2012
Comboni Missionaries and Social-environmental Law. Confreres from Brazil, Peru, DCA and the NAP took part, during the month of November, in the international meeting entitled "The Churches and Mining Activities" which took place in Lima (Peru), during which they studied the theme of social-environmental law in view of the conflicts provoked by mining activities in the Continent, especially in the countries where the Combonis work. Participation included thirty male/female Religious, and lay people from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Honduras, Salvador and Guatemala. Mgr. Guilherme Werlang, President of the Episcopal Commission for the Service of Charity, Justice and Peace, who represented the National Bishops' Conference of Brazil, reaffirmed the commitment of the Catholic Church in Brazil to work side by side with those affected by large mining projects. Also present were the international agencies of men and women Religious with activities at the United Nations (Vivat, Franciscan International and Mercy International), Misereor (a German faith-based development organisation), as well as various coordinators of Justice and Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC). The Religious asked for the formal approval of the Bishops of Brazil for a broader and more representative Latin-American meeting, to be held in 2014, on the same theme.
Papal award to Fr. John Maneschg. Fr. John Maneschg was among the four lecturers of St. John Vianney Seminary who were distinguished with the Papal Honour of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for their lifelong and committed dedication to the formation of South African clergy. Fr. John has been teaching Sacred Scripture for almost 30 years. The ceremony took place on 6 November, 2013, at a solemn Eucharist presided by His Grace, Stephen Brislin, the Archbishop of Cape Town and President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC). It was concelebrated by some 10 bishops - including Cardinal Wilfred Napier of Durban and the Apostolic Nuncio to southern Africa, Archbishop Mario Roberto Cassari, and a large number of priests.
In his homily, Bishop Graham Rose, a former Rector of the Seminary, in reflecting on the liturgical celebration of the day, "All Saints of Africa", lauded the role of the four dedicated priests whose influence will continue to unfold in the yet-to-be-told stories of future saints of Africa.
The celebrations for the 10th. anniversary of the canonization of Comboni concluded with the St. Daniel Comboni Football competition, the final of which was played on November 9. The trophy was won by the Chinese Friendship team. The tournament was preceded by mission promotion activities in eight secondary schools and the Catholic University of Juba. The feast of St. Daniel Comboni is much celebrated in South Sudan and in many of our missions there were great opportunities for cultural initiatives, sharing, sports and quiz competitions bringing people of different ethnic groups together. In Juba, the celebrations started with a talk to local clergy and Religious by Fr. Guido Oliana on the evangelization work of the first missionaries in Juba, especially Frs. Angelo Vinco and Ignatius Knoblecher.
On October 10, Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro presided over a celebration attended by hundreds of people at the Cathedral of St. Theresa, in Kator. Comboni Missionaries, female and male, accompanied by some young people, visited five parishes celebrating the Eucharist and promoting vocations and mission. There was also a retreat mainly for Religious and priests and facilitated by Fr. José da Silva Vieira and Sr. Paola Moggi reflecting on slavery at the time of St. Daniel Comboni and on today's new slaveries in South Sudan. The Catholic Radio Network contributed by broadcasting, through the nine catholic radio stations present in South Sudan and Nuba Mountains, several testimonies and talks on St. Daniel Comboni.
Father General, Fr. Enrique Sánchez González, arrived in Chad on 2 November. He began his visit to the Province by preaching a retreat at the spirituality centre of Kou-Jéricho, 500 km south of N'Djaména. The retreat ended with the Perpetual Profession of the third Comboni Missionary from Chad, Alfred Mbaidjide who had completed his theology at Bogotá, Colombia, in July, 2012. Alfred will be ordained deacon on 21 December, 2013, at the parish of St. Michel in Dono-Manga, where he is at present doing his missionary service. The ordaining bishop will be Mgr. Miguel Angel Sebastián, the Ordinary of the Diocese. After the retreat, the Provincial Assembly was held. In his introduction, Fr. Enrique gave a broad presentation of the situation of the Institute and explained why Chad will become a Delegation on 1 January, 2014.
Lay Comboni Missionaries from Chad. On Sunday, 17 November, at the parish of Saint Kizito, in the diocese of Sarh, the General Superior officially received 17 Comboni Lay Missionaries from Chad, belonging to two large, and essentially Comboni, parishes: Kizito and the parish of Sainte Trinité of Moissala. During the Mass, the Lay Missionaries were given a copy of their statutes and the writings of Comboni as a sign of their belonging to the wider Comboni family. Also present were the "Friends of Radio Lotiko" of the Province who were celebrating their first anniversary. Radio Lotiko, belonging to the Diocese, was initiated by the Comboni Missionaries as is its present Director.
IN PACE CHRISTI
Fr. Tarcisio Pilati (10.01.1925 - 26.10.2013).
Fr. Giuseppe Andreon (21.05.1932 - 29.10.2013)
Fr. Giovanni De Bernardi (26.11.1924 - 02.11.2013)
Fr. Miguel Angel Villegas Serrano (26.04.1943 - 10.11.2013)