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After returning from the places where we were blocked during the confinement brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, we, as General Council, wished to celebrate a mass in memory of all our confreres who died since the beginning of the confinements. When Father Gotthard Rosner, Superior General of the Society from 1992 to 1998 passed away on 2 September 2020, we decided to honour his memory and to pray for him and for all the confreres who have died since the beginning of the confinements. There are forty of them in all! It’s a lot in six months. Some succumbed to Covid-19. Others have died from other illnesses. But they all share one thing in common: they past away during a period where it has been impossible to organise a normal funeral for them. In this evening’s Eucharistic celebration we want to pray for all of them as we begin our activities together again in Rome.
We were sad to hear of the deaths of our confreres and especially for our communities not to be able to say goodbye to them in the usual way. Today, it is a song of thanksgiving that we address to God for their long lives consecrated to the Mission in Africa and for the African world. The youngest among them in missionary life had fifty three years of missionary oath and the oldest seventy two. Like the seventy-two disciples sent by Jesus, most of them came back full of joy telling how even the evil spirits submitted to them in His name. And we are witnesses to what they did! Yet this is not the reason why we rejoice and give thanks. We rejoice because their names are written in heaven (Luke 10:17-20). We give thanks to God who first called them and made them grow in their love for him and in their relationship with him. They remain for us, above all, witnesses of this faith.
Father Gotthard Rosner, who died on September 2, is the latest of the confreres to return to the Father. He was a member of our Generalate community as Superior General of the Society. In celebrating this Eucharist for him and in associating in it all the other confreres who have died in recent months, we recognise the role he played in his mission at the service of confreres and we symbolise this by placing the names of the other confreres around his. Among the names of those for whom we pray tonight is that of Father Jean-Claude Ceillier with whom he served on the General Council.
Having spent several years in our houses of formation Father Gotthard is known to many confreres. Many confreres, but also other people who knew him, have testified to his very human sense and the compassion he felt for the people to whom we are sent. He was ready to listen and to accompany. A man with a big heart, he was a source of inspiration for many. As Superior General, Father Gotthard lived through very difficult times such as the genocide in Rwanda, the death of our blessed confreres in Tizi Ouzou and the overthrow of the Mobutu regime in the Democratic Republic of Congo. All these events strongly affected the confreres in those countries as well as the Society as a whole.
May the souls of our deceased confreres through the mercy of God, rest in peace!
At the beginning of the pastoral year 2020-2021, in memory of Father Gothard Rosner, Superior General of the Society of Missionaries of Africa from 1992 to 1998, who passed away on 2nd September 2020, and in memory of all our confreres who have returned to the Father from the period of lockdowns, a Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel of the Generalate of the Society in Rome on Wednesday 16th of September 2020 at 18:00 hours.
Join us on this day, wherever you are, in praying for our confreres.
|Eugenio Bacaicoa A.||21/07/2020|
|Lucen Van Wielendaele||20/05/2020|
|Ger van Dieten||17/05/2020|
|Martínez López Antonio||05/04/2020|
|Fançois de Gaulle||02/04/2020|
|Jan van Haandel||12/03/2020|
On 8 May, together with the universal Church, let us give thanks to God for the evangelical witness in Algeria of the Blessed Martyrs of Algeria, especially for the four Missionary of Africa confreres among them. By proclaiming them blessed, Pope Francis gave them to the whole Church as examples to be followed of Christian charity in Muslim countries. May they be especially for each one of us an inspiration for a missionary life given in total love of the peoples to whom we are sent.
A small group of confreres mandated by the General Council met in Rome from 12-14 February to carry out an internal audit of our procedures and protocols for the protection of children and the prevention of abuse. Our first policy for the protection of children and vulnerable adults from abuse during ministry dates back to 2008. It has been regularly revised to give the 2016 version that we currently have. The General Council has therefore asked to be able to assess the progress of the implementation of this policy before making a new revision. In order to do this, in the next two years leading up to the next chapter this group of auditors will visit all the provinces to evaluate this work. Following this, a report and concrete proposals for amendments to the current policy will be presented to the General Council and to the Provincials? Good practices are those that are evaluated and improved. Transparency and accountability are the indispensable pillars of a good protection of the most vulnerable.
On Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., in the Church of Santa Maria in Portico in Campitelli, took place the solemn entry ceremony of Cardinal Fitzgerald into the Church which was assigned to him as Cardinal Deacon during the consistory of October 5, 2019.
On Sunday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m., surrounded by his parishioners, the parish priest, his fellow Missionaries of Africa confreres, including the Superior General Stan Lubungo, and seminarians, the new cardinal celebrated the Eucharist of the presentation of our Lord in the temple.
As a reminder, Michael Louis Cardinal Fitzgerald, served the Church as President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Nuncio to Egypt before retiring. Today he is a member of the community of Missionaries of Africa serving in St Vincent’s Parish in Liverpool, Great Britain.
Freddy Kyombo, M.Afr.
See also Cardinal commissioning of Candlemas: “We follow the light” on the website of the VM Portico Church. SWITCH TO ENGLISH on TOP RIGHT
See also Fitzgerald: “I come among you in a spirit of service” on the website of the VM PorticoChurch.
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Presentation of a message written by Pope Francis for the 53rd World Day of Peace on January 1, 2020.