SGF Jerusalem – Ordinations

SGF Jerusalem - Ordinations

Four confreres, having completed their theological training in the Small Formation Group in Jerusalem, are getting ready to go back to their respective countries and prepare themselves to be ordained. Here are the details of the forthcoming ordinations.

Name:Audace NIYIBIGIRA
Nationality:Burundian
Date of Ordination:16th July 2022
Place of Ordination:Gatara Parish
Diocese:Ngozi
Ordaining minister:Mgr. Georges BIZIMANA
First appointment:Khartoum, Sudan (EAP)
Name:Isac KINDA
Nationality:Burkinabè
Date of Ordination:9th of July 2022
Place of Ordination:Cathedral of St Augustine of Koudougou
Diocese:Koudougou
Ordaining minister:Mgr. Joachim OUEDRAOGO
First appointment:Kipaka, DRC (PAC)
Name:Jose Belito JOAQUIM
Nationality:Mozambican
Date of Ordination:26th June 2022
Place of Ordination:Paroquia de Nossa Senhora de Fatima
Diocese:Beira
Ordaining minister:Arcebispo Claudio Dalla Zuanna
First appointment:Birni N’koni, Niger (PAO)
Name:Thierry UYIRWOTH
Nationality:Congolese
Date of Ordination:20th July 2022
Place of Ordination:Notre Dame de Logo
Diocese:Mahagi-Nioka
Ordaining minister:Mgr. Sosthène Ayikuli
First appointment:Kasamba Parish, Zambia (SAP)

Oath and Diaconate Ordination

Missionary Oath and Diaconate Ordination

The Missionaries of Africa are pleased to announce
the Missionary Oath
On 6th May 2022 at 5.30 pm, Merrival Formation House, South Africa.

and

the Diaconate Ordination
By his Grace Seigfried Mandla Jwara CMM
(Archbishop of Durban)

On 7th May 2022, at 10.00 am, St, Vincent Parish, KwaMpumuza, South Africa.

Those who will take their missionary oath
and will be ordained deacons are :

Aimé Ouédraogo

(Burkina Faso)

Celestin Kabumba

(DR Congo)

Emmanuel Kokpe

(Togo)

Ernest Osei

(Ghana)

John Bosco Mukulia

(Uganda)

Joseph Odhiambo

(Kenya)

Modeste Tebuka

(DR Congo)

Valentin Muzi

(DR Congo)

André Sawadogo

(Burkina Faso)

Chandan Nayak

(India)

Ephrahim Konkobo

(Burkina Faso)

Jean Luc Compaoré

(Burkina Faso)

Joseph Ilunga

(DR Congo)

Julius Rweyemanu

(Tanzania)

Kashmir Xess

(India)

Velangini Vara Prasad Talada

(India)

Be apostles nothing but apostles (Lavigerie)

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Missionaries of Africa
Merrival Formation House, South Africa,

Mgr Antoon Grauls on KTOtv

Mgr Antoon Grauls on KTOtv

The full movie on Monseigneur Antoon Grauls, founder of the Bene-Yozefu brothers in Burundi, will be shown on the French Catholic TV Station KTO on Monday the 1st June at 20.40 (8:40 pm), or directly on ktotv.com. Please consult the website to know about possible replays. Note that the movie is in French only.

The Congregation of the Bene-Yozefu brothers of Burundi presented for the first time a film made on the occasion of their 75th anniversary, in the Lavigerie Hall of the Missionaries of Africa in Rome, on 29/09/2019. This film is about the congregation of the Bene-Yozefu brothers and more particularly about its Founder Antoine Hubert Grauls.

Indeed, in this film, we highlight the characteristic features of Bishop Antoine Hubert Grauls, his intelligence and his apostolic zeal. He was truly an apostle who listened, consulted and welcomed; an apostle who was always close to the Burundian people to whom he had been sent.

Bishop Antoine Hubert Grauls is known as Father of the Church of Burundi, an apostle who worked body and soul so that this Church could grow and consolidate itself. He was an extraordinary person, his motto “Everything in a charity without feint” was well lived. He undoubtedly confirmed that in Burundi, there were no pagans but rather non-baptized people. He collaborated with both the poorest and the richest. He healed both hearts and bodies. He founded hospitals, printing plants and cooperatives for the development of the region. He was truly a gift to the Christians during the 30 years he lived in Burundi.

He made a quality leap on the issue of education so that Burundi would have its own schools, according to him, “the issue of schools is for all causes that want to last a matter of life and death”. He gave a great boost to primary schools, particularly through the foundation of the Bene-Yozefu Brothers Congregation, which is a huge success for Burundi, given their contribution to human and social development in the country.

In short, Bishop Antoine Hubert Grauls is one of the country’s great builders, a great promoter of the Burundian intellectual elite, thanks to the national unity he has beaten, the Burundians will always be grateful to him.

Frère Innocent Manirakiza, Bene-Yozefu

(Brother Innocent resides with the Missionaries of Africa in Rome during his studies in the educational sciences)

Below is an excerpt from this very beautiful film directed by Armand Isnard of KTO. The DVD containing the entire 52-minute film (in French) is available at the Generalate of the Missionaries of Africa for a contribution towards the production costs or from the Bene-Yozefu Brothers in Burundi.

Louis Blondel : ten years already

Memorial Service for Louis Blondel

Ten years ago already…. Our colleague Louis Blondel was murdered in the prebytery of Diepsloet, a township in northern Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, a Youth Centre has been built in his memory. On Sunday a “Memorial Service” will be celebrated on site. You can follow its progress in streaming. Here’s how it works:

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Go to www.watchaweb.co.za
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The Voice of Diepsloot is on the Main Page
Click to view

On any Tablet or Smartphone
Go to the Playstore for Android devices or App store for Apple devices
Search for Watcha Streaming
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The Voice of Diepsloot is on the Main Page
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Oath & Declaration of Intent in Jerusalem

Oath & Declaration of Intent in Jerusalem

On Tuesday, 26th November, our Confrere Michael Cardinal Fitzgerald, received the Final Oath of Patient Balma and Nelson Ekeh, as well as the renewal of the Declaration of Intent of Audace Niyibigira, Belito Jose Joaquim, Isac Kinda and Thierry Uyirwoth in the new Chapel of St. Anne’s in Jerusalem. Congratulations to all.

Grace upon grace…

Grace upon grace...

The beginning of the month of October was very intense in Rome. Launching of the extraordinary missionary month on the 1st of October , commemorating and reviving the very strong missionary appeal made by Benedict XV in his Apostolic Letter “Maximum Illud” a hundred years ago. 

“Baptised and sent: the Church of Christ on mission in the world.” To speak today of the ones baptised and sent means that each baptised person, at his or her level, can be a missionary, can be the instrument of the proposal that God wants to make to Man, through his or her personal witness, prayer and offering.

Three days later, on the feast of St. Francis, the Pope took part, in the Vatican gardens, in a cultural event to celebrate the end of the Season of Creation 2019 and to consecrate the forthcoming Synod on Amazonia. 

But even nearer to our heart and identity was certainly the creation of 13 new Cardinals taken for a great part from missionary institutes, among whom our confrere Michael Fitzgerald. A lot has been written about the event. The General House was full of guests, between the 25 family members and friends of Michael Fitzgerald and a few of the Congolese Bishops who had come to celebrate the creation of Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa. 

The Pope had called a Constistory for Saturday the 5th of October at 16 hours to elevate the 13 new Cardinals. For that occasion, all the Cardinals of Rome were present to welcome their new brothers. A few minutes before 3 in the afternoon, “Cardinal Fitzgerald to be” appeared in his scarlet cassock but without the scarlet zuchetta and biretta, both of which he would receive from the hands of the Pope himself during the ceremony. You will recognize on the left side of the photo our confreres, Bishop Willy Ngumbi, and Martin Wullobayi, professor at the Pisai, chose by the new Cardinal as his personal secretary for the ceremony.

The following video is the part of the consistory when the Pope is inviting the “Cardinals to be” to profess their faith, when he wears them with the scarlet zuchetta and biretta and when the new Cardinals are welcomed and congratulated by the College of Cardinals present. This extract of the ceremony just lasts 24 minutes. If you want to see the full video (1h15), follow this link.

After the ceremony, each of the new Cardinals were given a space where they could be met and congratulated by their family members and friends. Back to the house around supper time, Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald still founds the energy to come and share a bit of the evening time with the confrères of the Services and a few others. This shows how simple and fraternal Michael is with his “family”. 

On Sunday, the new Cardinals were concelebrating with the Pope the morning mass on St. Peter’s Square for the big celebration inaugurating the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region.

At one o’clock in the afternoon, all the ceremonies and liturgies were finished. It was then time for celebration. In his congratulating speech, Father Stan Lubungo, superior general, commented on the “Coincidence” of this honour given to Michael but also to all of us and remembering the beatification of our 4 confreres martyred in Algeria and the proclamation of an extraordinary missionary month this October, all occurring within our Jubilee Year, he preferred speaking of a “wink” of God… as we are harvesting “Grace Upon Grace”!

Talitha Kum General Assembly

Talitha Kum General Assembly

The General Assembly of TALITHA KUM began in Rome on Saturday, 21st of September 2019.

Many guests came for the opening ceremony. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Talitha Kum, the Eucharistic celebration of thanksgiving took place in St. Peter’s Basilica and was presided over by H.E. Card. Peter Turkson.

To mark the support of the Missionaries of Africa, Fathers Martin Grenier and Andreas Göpfert participated.

We share the common commitment against human trafficking. We are concerned to promote collaboration and the exchange of information and to set up effective structures in the various African countries.

National networks are already operational in several countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Tunisia,… while other networks are being created, for example in Tanzania.

For more information, please visit Talitha Kum’s official page:

https://www.talithakum.info/

The eucharistic celebration is presided by H.E. Cardinal Turkson and concelebrated by... Martin Grenier

World’s Day of Migrants and Refugees (5)

World's Day of Migrants and Refugees (5)

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT MIGRANTS… The 29th of September is World’s Day of Migrants and Refugees. An opportunity to change our hearts, our ways of thinking… and to enter into the logic of God. NOT JUST ABOUT THE MIGRANTS… IT’S  ABOUT PUTTING THE LAST AND LEAST IN FIRST PLACE.

“On this sixth anniversary of the visit to Lampedusa, my thoughts go out to those “least ones” who daily cry out to the Lord, asking to be freed from the evils that afflict them. These least ones are abandoned and cheated into dying in the desert; these least ones are tortured, abused and violated in detention camps; these least ones face the waves of an unforgiving sea; these least ones are left in reception camps too long for them to be called temporary.

In the spirit of the Beatitudes we are called to comfort them in their affliction and offer them mercy; to sate their hunger and thirst for justice; to let them experience God’s caring fatherliness; to show them the way to the Kingdom of Heaven. They are persons; these are not mere social or migrant issues! This is not just about migrants.”

Pope Francis

The Church has been celebrating World’s Day of Migrants and Refugees ever since 1914. It is always an opportunity for her to express concern for the most vulnerable people, who have to move for one reason or another; it is also an opportunity to pray for the challenges of migration and to raise awareness of the opportunities it offers.

For 2019, Pope Francis has chosen the theme “It is not only about migrants” to help remove our blinders and to ensure that no one is excluded from society, whether they are long-term residents or newcomers.

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT MIGRANTS

World’s Day of Migrants and Refugees (4)

World's Day of Migrants and Refugees (4)

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT MIGRANTS… The 29th of September is World’s Day of Migrants and Refugees. An opportunity to change our hearts, our ways of thinking… and to enter into the logic of God. NOT JUST ABOUT THE MIGRANTS… IT’S ALSO ABOUT NOT EXCLUDING ANYONE.

“Today’s world is increasingly becoming more elitist and cruel towards the excluded. Developing countries continue to be drained of their best natural and human resources for the benefit of a few privileged markets. Wars only affect some regions of the world, yet weapons of war are produced and sold in other regions which then refuse to accept the refugees produced by these conflicts, are unwilling to take them in.

Those who pay the price are always the little ones, the poor, the most vulnerable, who are prevented from sitting at the table and are left with the “crumbs” of the banquet.

The Church which “goes forth” can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast whom we ourselves as a society are excluding. Real development is fruitful and inclusive, oriented towards the future.”

Pope Francis

The Church has been celebrating World’s Day of Migrants and Refugees ever since 1914. It is always an opportunity for her to express concern for the most vulnerable people, who have to move for one reason or another; it is also an opportunity to pray for the challenges of migration and to raise awareness of the opportunities it offers.

For 2019, Pope Francis has chosen the theme “It is not only about migrants” to help remove our blinders and to ensure that no one is excluded from society, whether they are long-term residents or newcomers.

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT MIGRANTS