Anthony Nahabwe / Priesly Ordination

Anthony Nahabwe M.Afr

Priestly Ordination

The family of the late Paul and late Hilda Kukundakwe of Rubira,
together with the Parish Priest of Rushoroza Parish-Kabale Diocese,
and the Sector Superior of Uganda,
cordially invite to the Priestly Ordination Mass of their son

Anthony Nahabwe

presided over by the
Rt. Rev. Callist Rubaramira,
Bishop of Kabale Diocese,

at Rushoroza Parish on 12th february 2022 starting at 10:00 am.

you are further invited for his Thanksgiving Mass
on 13th february 2022 in Rubira Ketokye

Your presence will grace the occasion.

Dominic Abiriga / Priestly Ordination

Dominic Abiriga M.Afr

Priesly Ordination

The society of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) Uganda Sector,
the P.P and the Central Organizing Committee for the Priestly Ordination
together with the family of Mr. Modesto Eric and Mrs. Jokomina Oleru
cordially invite, to the Priestly Ordination of
Rvd. Deacon Dominic Abiriga
scheduled to take place on 29th January 2022
presided by
Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki
Bishop of Arua Diocese.

Thanksgiving mass will be on 30th January 2022
at Nyadri Parish at 10:00am.

Your presence is appreciated.

Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, a former president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in the British monarch’s annual New Year’s list.

The honors include knighthoods, as well as appointments to the Order of the British Empire, which has three classes: Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE), and Member (MBE). CBE is the highest-ranking award of the three, followed by OBE and MBE.

In an email to Catholic News Agency , he said: “I think the award should really go to the Missionaries of Africa, the Society to which I belong, for having allowed me to have the necessary formation for this service which I exercised first within the framework of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, and then to the Holy See, to Pope St. John Paul II who, in 1987, appointed me secretary of the Secretariat for Non-Christians (as it was then) and later in 2002 appointed me president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (as it had become).”

“This gave me the possibility of engaging in fraternal relations on a wider scale than Christian-Muslim relations.”

“I think it’s important that we listen to people and that we try to understand, because it is difficult to speak about racial discrimination,” he said.

Congratulations.

Catholic News Agency, full text of the article here.

Your heart set out for God

Your heart set out for God

as your footsteps moved towards Bethlehem.

You were searching and God was guiding your search

from the moment you began it.

 

So you were looking for Him, for Salvation.

You were looking for it in the firmament of heaven,

but also in your hearts;

in the silence but also

in the questions asked of men.

 

When having come close to the Child,

you kneel before Him,

you offer the gold of your love,

the incense of your veneration,

the myrrh of your sufferings

before the Face of the invisible God.

 

And you, in your turn, risk the trip to God!

Come on, let’s go! Forget the past, it is dead!

The only thing you have left is the future.

Look ahead: life is there and its possibilities are full,

for you can always find God,

always find him more.

 

An atom of supernatural reality is so much more valuable

than our grandest dreams:

God is the eternal youth

and there is no place for resignation

in his Kingdom!

So be it.

 

Karl Rahner

 

Jubilee 25 years of Oath in Rome

Jubilee of 25 years

All the Missionaries of Africa – Sisters, Fathers and Brothers – throughout the world were celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception of our Lady on Wednesday the 8th of December. However, in Rome, the celebration was grandiose, as three confreres (and not the least) were celebrating their 25-year jubilee of oaths and a White Sister her 25-year jubilee of vows. Fathers Stan Lubungo, Steven Ofonikot and Stéphane Joulain, for the confreres and Sister Maria-Carmen Ocón Moreno, who is in the General Council of the MSOLA. The mass was very well attended by all the confreres and the White Sisters present in Rome, as well as the elder sister of Sr Maria-Carmen and her family. Our confrere, Bishop Claude Rault, happened to be passing through Rome, and so the ceremony took another level of solemnity. During the celebration, each of the four jubilarians gave a testimony and confirmed their intention to carry on the Mission of Christ to the African World.

I am grateful for the last 25 years of my missionary life. During that time, I have been confronted to the suffering of people living in difficult situations, the Palestinian and Israeli populations, the migrants in France and the victims of sexual abuse, and even more in Canada and Rome. What I’ve received is the grace to see that even in the darkest places of human sufferings, there is always a little flame of God’s presence which is burning, ready to enflame each one of us.

Stéphane Joulain

I thank God for the gift of the past 25 years of staying focused and glued to the one who calls me. Seeing him in the people he sends me – the HIV victims in Bamako, the English-speaking prisoners, in San and Bamako, representing the beautiful women on the street, in the courts and police stations, teaching children to write and read the Bambara language… Like in this beautiful song Amazing Grace, I say: “This grace that brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me on”.

Steve Ofonikot

My 25 years of missionary life have been characterised by encounter and fraternity first from within the Society, through the members of the different communities I have lived in but also with the different people the mission has allowed me to come in contact with. Living in and working among international and intercultural communities has been a very enriching experience. I pray and hope that the many people I have met wherever I have been will remember something of an apostle of Jesus in me.

Stanley Lubungo

My soul continues to glorifies You Lord 25 years later…

My soul proclaims today the greatness of God,
of the Living God.
My spirit rejoices in Jesus, the Emmanuel,
Your human face.

Because you have visited me in my emptiness,
penetrating my inner-self, gently,
like the rain falling into the earth.

Because you have always looked at me with tenderness,
lifting me up of my nothingness.
Anointing me with fragrances of
joy, simplicity and fulness of life.

Because with the strength of your transforming energy
You have done in me marvellous things;
by allowing me to give and share
of what I even did not think I had.
By receiving even from where apparently there was nothing.
By stretching my heart to the ends of your Creation.

Today, together with all those who have preceded me,
together with all those who have shared with me
these 25 years of my life as Missionary Sister of Our Lady of Africa,
I can proclaim Your fidelity, Your unconditional love
for each one of Your creatures.

Thank you for in Your Immensity
You chose to make Yourself
Into our human size.

Maria-Carmen Ocón Moreno

Evil and Meaningful Existence… by Bonaventure Gubazire

Evil and Meaningful Existence:

A Humanistic Response through the Lens of Classical Theism.

Bonaventure B. Gubazire

This is an article written by our confrere, Bonaventure B. Gubazire, who is based at the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Spiritan University of Ejisu in Ghana. This article is only available in English, but if you want to read it in another language, I recommend the very good online translation software DeepL (https://deepl.com)

Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of overseas mission and missionaries can continue. It always falls on the second last Sunday in October, meaning this year it will be celebrated on Sunday 24 October.

This year’s theme ‘We Cannot Remain Silent – We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20)’ is twofold. It is a message of hope – Jesus Christ is risen and we cannot keep his love, compassion, and mercy to ourselves. It also challenges us to stand up and speak out on behalf of those who are weaker. All too often, the voices that need to be heard are not the loudest. For them, we cannot remain silent.

Michael O’Sullivan, M.Afr.

Chairperson of Missio Ireland, Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly SMA, Sister Kathleen McGarvey OLA and Fr Michael O'Sullivan, the national director for Missio Ireland. The Irish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies, formerly known as World Missions Ireland, is being rebranded today as Missio Ireland. The rebranding of the Pope's official charity for overseas mission takes place ahead of the annual collection on World Mission Sunday this weekend, which helps to fund the work of missionaries abroad.