CONSULTA - JUNE 2015 (GENERAL NOTES)
1. The Superior General and his Council, erects at Nampula, as from 1 July, 2015, the Novitiate in Mozambique. The novitiate will be dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, a Patron of the Institute and once a missionary in Mozambique.
2. The following formators are appointed:
1. Fr. Herreros Baroja Tomás Formator at Lima Scholasticate (PE), as from 1 July, 2015.
2. Fr. Ndjadi Ndjate Léonard Novice Master of the Cotonou Novitiate (TGB), as from 1 July, 2015.
3. Fr. Dawit Wubishet Teklewold Novice Master of the Lusaka Novitiate (MZ), as from 1 July, 2015.
4. Fr. Leandro Araya Leonardo Novice Master of the Nampula Novitiate (MO), as from 1 July, 2015.
5. Fr. José Júlio Martins Marques Socius of the Novice Master of the Nampula Novitiate (MO), as from 5 June, 2015.
3. The Pre-capitular Commission began their work with the partici-pation, for several days, of Bro. Enzo Biemmi, who is continuing his collaboration as a facilitator. Among the materials prepared are the Chapter Statutes, syntheses of the various Provincial and Continental reports, a proposal for an working document, programmes for the preparatory week and the time to be devoted to the work of the Chapter.
4. The election of substitutes of the Chapter delegates (both Priests and Brothers) has been completed in all the circumscriptions and the Secretary General has communicated the results to all circumscription superiors.
5. On 27 June, the GC concluded the work of the month of June Consulta. No more meetings of the GC are foreseen for the next two months and only after the General Chapter will the new GC continue to deal with matters that still require a response or a conclusion.
6. At this moment in time, as we are preparing ourselves for the immi-nent General Chapter, we wish to invite the whole Institute to pray and have others pray so that this very important time in our missionary life may become an opportunity to live our vocation more intensely.
7. On 20 and 21 June, we celebrated in Warsaw the 25th anniversary of our presence in Poland. On that weekend, the relatives of our Polish confreres, the two communities of Warsaw and Krakow, friends, benefactors and people who had been close to us during those years, gathered together. We also recognised the extraordinary gift of 15 Polish confreres.
Perpetual professions: 1 - Ghana, 1 - Congo
Ordinations to the priesthood: 1 - Malawi/Zambia, 1 - South Sudan
Guerrilla warfare continues: The unilateral cessation of hostilities decreed in December, 2014, by FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) was abandoned after the army killed a group of guerrillas and so hostilities were resumed. Our confreres report that, at Tumaco, on the Pacific coast, six bombs were exploded. The Comboni Missionaries suffered no physical injuries but tensions are high. The diocese published a communiqué appealing for peace and the non-involvement of civilians in the conflict.
An International Congress on Consecrated Life was held in Bogota from 18 to 21 June, organised by CLAR (Latin-American Conference of Religious), and which was attended by the Superior of the Colum-bia Delegation and coordinator of the workshop on multi-ethnic Con-secrated Life, some Comboni Sisters from Columbia and Costa Rica and one Secular Comboni Missionary.
Pre-capitular Commission: On Monday, 1 June, the members of the Pre-capitular Commission began their work at the Generalate in Rome. During the first week, the Commission concentrated its work on revising the Chapter Statutes which will be subjected to review by the Chapter members right from the introductory week (31 August - 4 September).
The second week was dedicated to preparing the Instrumentum La-boris. The Instrumentum is, in effect, a synthesis of the proposals received from the GA, the Continental Assemblies, the Cir-cumscriptions and various confreres. This work respects the four dimensions (Persons, Spirituality, Mission and Re-organisation) that have oriented the reflection of all confreres in view of the Chapter. Further inspiration is looked for in Pope Francis' "Joy of the Gospel".
During the third week, a proposed programme for the Chapter was prepared and a more attentive examination was made of the organisa-tion of the introductory week.
On Friday, 19 June, the Commission met with Mgr. Marcello Semer-aro, Bishop of Albano and Secretary of the group of cardinals chosen by Pope Francis as his Consultors. Bishop Semeraro proposed a study of Evangelii gaudium in the light of Comboni challenges. He will guide a day of retreat during the introductory week.
Golden Jubilees of priesthood: Frs. Torquato Paolucci and Danilo Cimitan celebrated their Golden Jubilees of ordination at the Genera-late in Rome in June.
Commemorative plaque: On 25 June, on the occasion of the 191st anniversary of the creation of the Province of Manabí and in the presence of the President of Ecuador, the local Prefect, the Arch-bishop, ministers of state and several members of parliament, ordinary people, leaders and catechists of El Carmen and the Missionary Sisters of Santa Maria of Manga del Cura, a commemorative plaque was presented to a representative of the Comboni Missionaries in El Carmen-Manabí, in recognition of the im-mense work of Fr. Ferri in the district of Manga del Cura, an area of conflict because of the insecurity of local territorial borders.
The Deputy Mayor mentioned the more than 70 chapels built with the people, the schools, dispensaries and a credit and savings coop-erative run by Fr. Alberto from the nineties to 2009, the year he died. The inscription on the plaque mentions the pastoral and material work carried out by this illustrious Comboni Missionary who managed to nourish in the area of Manga del Cura a profound feeling of identity and territorial unity.
Mgr. Menghesteab Tesfamariam receives the Pallium: Among the 46 new Metropolitan Archbishops who received the Pallium at the hands of Pope Francis on 29 June last, was the Comboni Archbishop of Asmara, Mgr. Menghesteab Tesfamariam.
The ceremony was held at the Vatican on the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul and was attended by the Superior General of the Comboni Missionaries accompanied by some confreres.
A symbol of the ties of communion that exist between the See of Rome and the Churches of the whole world, the Pallium, blessed and presented by the Pope was later officially conferred on Mgr. Menghesteab on Sunday, 5 July, in Asmara, by the Apostolic Nuncio to Sudan-Eritrea.
Fr. Fidel González receives the "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" award
The Holy Father has granted the award "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" to Fr. Fidel González Fernández. The award was conferred on him on 28 May, 2015, during an academic function held in the Aula Magna of the Pontifical Urbanian University attended by the academic staff and students.
Before presenting the honour, the Rector read the decree ex-plaining the reasons why it was being conferred: "The long and exceptional service to the Church and to the Holy Father" as Consultor in various Decasteries (The Evangelisation of Peoples, the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints and the Pontifical Council of Culture), as well as his "dedication to academic life and the passion with which he consecrated himself for the academic formation of many young people of the mission world, and especially his work with the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and research on the history of evangelisation with numerous works on the subject". Mention was made of his recent works on the history of the event of Guadalupe, the history of persecution in Mexico (4 editions), the history of Missionary Institutes under Propaganda Fide, his ongoing direction of a Dictionary of the Cultural History of the Church in Latin America, and the numerous Causes of canonisation in which he intervened as Consultor and Relator.
Before receiving the honour, Fr. Fidel, Ordinary of the History of the Church of the Pontifical Urbanian University and Professor of the Faculty of the History of the Church at the Pontifical Gregorian University, gave the Lectio magistralis on the theme: "The Study of the History of the Church and Theology".
Meeting of the heads of Comboni magazines for children: The Directors and collaborators of the magazines Audacia, Aguiluchos and Piccolo Missionario met on 4 and 5 May in Madrid to discuss the situation of these magazines and to find ways for future collaboration.
Mercedes Alonso of the Spanish Catholic Commission for Children, an expert in children's and youth literature, opened the meeting, pre-senting an evaluation of the three magazines and making some sug-gestions regarding their content and graphics.
It was agreed to engage in certain common "projects" such as that planned for this year, for 2016 and 2017 involving the publication of more than 20 "reviews" of the patrimony of humanity according to UNESCO, entitled "UNESCO City", and a project on the school in Peru to be financed together.
The Ordination to the priesthood of Joseph Chilimba took place on 20 June, 2015, in his home parish of Chingadzi, Malawi, in the archdiocese of Blantyre. After completing the philosophical studies at Balaka, Pius did his novitiate in Namugongo (Uganda) and studied theology at Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Both parents of Pius Chilimba died while he was a child. His only sister also died prematurely and Pius was reared by his grandmother and financially supported in his studies by his uncle John Chome.
Pius Chilimba's ordination coincided with the Golden Jubilee of his parish. The celebration was broadcast by the local television for al-most 4 hours, also because the Malawian President, originally from the area, was present with his wife and government authorities.
Postulants awarded diplomas: As the college closed in June at the Balaka Inter-congregational Institute, the last official act has been the awarding of diplomas to postulants of 5 Institutes. In the presence of two bishops and the Rector of the Catholic University of Malawi, some 35 young men graduated, including six Comboni students.
Jubilarians in the NAP: Frs. Paul Ewers and Kenneth Gerth cele-brated their Golden Jubilee this year, 2015.
Fiftieth anniversaries of priesthood: Frs. Luís de Albuquerque and José de Sousa, celebrated their Golden Jubilees of ordination together. Both missionaries are from the same town, Sargaçais (Aguiar da Beira), and the same parish of Souto da Beira, in the diocese of Viseu. Fr. Luís was ordained by the then Cardinal Montini, the future Paul VI, on 26 June, 1965, in Milan, while Fr. José was or-dained the next day in Verona.
After a long period of work and preparation, the Comboni Missionar-ies and the Christian community of the diocese of Yei have at last managed to celebrate the opening of a church at Lomin and an-other at Mondikolok.
Priestly ordination: On Sunday, 28 June, 2015, Lwanga Gilingere Limingere was ordained priest at Wau cathedral by Bishop Emeritus Mgr. Paride Taban, of the diocese of Torit. Lwanga hails from Deim Zubeir, the parish of Raja in the diocese of Wau. Fr. Lwanga has been assigned to the Province of Congo.
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart: The concelebrated Eucharist, at-tended by friends and family, saw us gathered round the Scholastic Joseph Anane Kwaku, a Ghanaian, who made his perpetual profes-sion.
Diploma of honour:
Afanya is one of the two parishes that had been entrusted to the Comboni Missionaries on their arrival in Togo in 1964. On Sunday, 31 May, the parish celebrated the 25th anniversary of its consecration
IN PACE CHRISTI
Fr. Sante Cordioli (03.12.1924 - 02.06.2015)
Fr. Ayon Hector Oyamute (01.01.1944 - 28.06.2015)
Comboni Sisters: Fidenzia Marzorati, Gianna Rodeghiero, Daniela Bariola Bon, Serena Cattaneo.