Chapter Communication – 16 May 2022

Chapter Communication - 16 May 2022

Today marks the official opening of the Chapter 2022. It is quite difficult to give news because the capitulants are deliberating behind closed doors. From the announcements, however, we can say a few brief words. The very first tasks of the Chapter concern the call of the capitulants, the information and approval of the different procedures of the Chapter itself, the method that will be used, the acceptance of collaborators as representatives of different ministries, such as Justice and Peace, integrity of the ministry, the bursar’s office, translators, secretaries, etc. There are 40 capitulants while the participants’ group reach fourteen persons.
In the evening, Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald presided the Eucharist, which was attended by all the members of the Chapter and all the members of the Generalate community. In his introduction, Father Stan Lubungo shared with us that he saw the nomination of Mike Fitzgerald as cardinal, as a sign of the divine kindness towards our Society. He asked us to pray for the chapter.

Cardinal Fitzgerald invited us to thank God for the history of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa. He pointed out how meaningful are the links between Charles de Foucauld and our Society while expressing a difference. He said that Charles de Foucauld stressed the importance of following and imitating “Jesus at Nazareth”, while ourselves, as Missionaries of Africa, are called to follow and to imitate “Jesus of Nazareth”, proclaiming the Good News, curing the sick, forming his disciples.

In his homily, Cardinal Fitzgerald showed the positive side of the Law. It is much more than mere commandments, and it is meant to lead us to life and it represents our inner disposition towards our ministry, mission and charism. We are motivated by love in our proclamation of the Good News. The central question is how are we going to put that into practice? That is exactly the question that the Chapter is required to answer. May the Holy Spirit come upon the members of the Chapter to answer that precise question and to understand better the message of Jesus.

Tomorrow Father Dave Sullivan will be preach the recollection to the Chapter members. This information is a good invitation for all of us to pray for the chapter.

Marien van den Eijnden, R.I.P.

Society of the Missionaries of Africa

Father Jozef de Bekker, Provincial Delegate of the sector of The Netherlands,
informs you of the return to the Lord of Father

Marien van den Eijnden

on Monday, 16th May 2022 in Heythuysen (Netherlands)
at the age of 82 years, of which 57 years of missionary life
in Tanzania and the Netherlands.

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

Download here the announcement of Father Marien van den Eijnden’s death

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A year of celebration for Livinhac’s death anniversary

A year of celebration for Livinhac's death anniversary

The Catholic Church in Uganda regards Bishop Livinhac as her Founding Father. The centenary anniversary of his death will occur next year on the 11th November. To honour her founder, the Ugandan Church launched a one year Jubilee at Mapeera-Nabulagala Parish. Our Superior General, Father Stan Lubungo took part in the celebration. Here is the booklet of the liturgical celebration. 

Stanislas de Jamblinne, R.I.P.

Society of the Missionaries of Africa

Father Yvo Wellens, Provincial Delegate of the sector of Belgium,
informs you of the return to the Lord of Father

Stanislas de Jamblinne

on Friday 12th November 2021 in Evere (Brussels, Belgium)
at the age of 99 years, of which 74 years of missionary life
in Rwanda, Burundi and Belgium.

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

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Opening of Lavigerie House in Gyedna

Opening of Lavigerie House in Gyedna

The official opening of the Lavigerie House in the catholic diocese of Minna (Nigeria) was done yesterday 7th November 2021. This was indeed a colorful celebration. Everything began with the Holy Mass at exactly 10:00Am in our community. This Mass was celebrated by his lordship most Rev. Dr. Martin Igwe UZOUKWU, Catholic Bishop of Minna diocese. We were blessed to have in our midst Fr. Martin Grenier (our assistant general) and Fr. John Aserbire, Provincial Superior of Ghana/Nigeria province. Among our guests, we recognize also the presence of confreres coming from Ibadan and Osogbo dioceses, who joined us and witnessed this memorable event. During the Eucharistic celebration, Bishop Martin expressed his happiness and his gratitude to have the Missionaries of Africa in his diocese. He then invited everyone present at the celebration to fully and actively participate in the work of evangelization through the activities of the Missionaries of Africa in Gyedna. Through his words of encouragement to the confreres, the bishop prayed also for more vocation in our Society. Our Eucharistic celebration ended with the blessing of our two buildings: the Lavigerie residence house and the vocation youth Centre.

Through the blessing of our residence house, Bishop Martin blessed also our community chapel and the tabernacle in the chapel. Then he proceeded with the blessing of the vocation youth Centre.

This ceremony marked the official opening of our community in Minna diocese in Nigeria. This was followed by the liturgy of stomach accompanied with dances. There was a very good and joyous atmosphere. A live band from the local community animated the after mass celebration and no one resisted to their music. It was awesome to have everyone dancing tirelessly.

Norbert Issa, M.Afr
Lavigerie House, Gyedna
Nigeria