Paul Ryckelynck, R.I.P.

Society of the Missionaries of Africa

Father Emmanuel Lengaigne, Provincial Delegate of the sector of France,
informs you of the return to the Lord of Father

Paul Ryckelynck

on Wednesday 16th June 2021 in Bry-sur-Marne (France)
at the age of 99 years, of which 70 years of missionary life
in Mali, Burkina Faso and France.

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

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Education in African Societies

A Humancentric Theory of Education

in the Face of Labour-Market-Schooling in Africa

Bonaventure B. Gubazire, M.Afr.

Our confrere Bonaventure Gubazire, formator in Ejisu-Ghana is sending us this well researched article on “a kind of education that could benefit African societies. It could also be helpful for those engaged in education and formation.  The article has been approved by a board of academics. It is already available on line through NOYAM Publishers.” Here it is at your disposal for reading/downloading.

Brief account of the circumstances of Fr. Edwin’s death

Condolences to all of us. Edwin is leaving us without waiting for us!

Here is a brief account of what has happened in the last three days.

Monday afternoon (7/6/2021) Edwin had a stomach ache. He went to buy 4 tablets to relieve the pain. In the evening, at 9 o’clock, he felt the need to go to the regional hospital in Gitega. On my way back from Bujumbura, I met him at the gate. He told me that he did not really need to be accompanied… Forty-five minutes later, I called him. He told me that he would be back soon. Finally, he comes back at 2 o’clock in the night. I was beaten down by the sun from the long journey. At four o’clock, he woke me up so that I could take him to the hospital.

We went to Bethany hospital, in Songa, as he wanted. At four thirty, he was admitted in the emergencies. Edwin was complaining of burning pain in the stomach. It was related to the pancreas, according to tests done in Kenya a few months earlier. The nursing staff were dedicated, professionally competent, as we know them. After some tests, the doctors decided to admit him to hospital. The diagnosis was similar to the one in Nairobi: acute blood infection linked to pancreatic pain. The efforts gave some results: the pain comes and goes. Yesterday at ten fifty (Tuesday evening), before leaving the hospital and after having brought another sick carer, I spoke with Dr Lamberta, “the chief doctor of Bethany Hospital”, who said: “we have really deployed everything we believed necessary to contain the situation. If tomorrow there is no visible improvement, we will refer him to Bujumbura. This morning (Wednesday), at four thity, I arrived at Bethany hospital. At eight thirty, we left for Bujumbura. We passed through our community in Gitega, where Edwin went out himself to collect his passport in his room. He met Father Bernard and greeted him. Two hundred meters from Murayi, Edwin began to say “incomprehensible” things. His eyes began to spin, his mouth to shift to the side. Supported by two people, one on each side, he was immediately taken to the medical clinic in Murayi. A doctor received us, he did everything he could, but Erwin’s body was getting colder and colder. The doctor said that this was not a good sign at all. He injected him with adrenaline which had no effect, as Edwin passed away peacefully.

After getting the death certificate, we took his body to the mortuary in Gitega, and made all the necessary arrangements. I returned to the community at five twenty in the evening.
May our brother remain in the eternal peace of the Father.

Jean-Bosco Ntihebuwayo
(Provincial Delegate of Burundi)
Wednesday evening, 9 June 2021.

This text was sent through the WhatsApp network of PAC, translated and edited by mafrome.org

Edwin Oduor Obare, R.I.P.

Society of the Missionaries of Africa

Father Emmanuel Ngona, Provincial Superior of the Central Africa Province,
informs you of the return to the Lord of Father

Edwin Oduor Obare

on Wednesday 9th June 2021 in Murayi (Gitega – Burundi)
at the age of 37 years, of which 2 years of missionary life
in Burundi.

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

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Gérard Grimonpont, R.I.P.

Society of the Missionaries of Africa

Father Emmanuel Lengaigne, Provincial Delegate of the sector of France,
informs you of the return to the Lord of Father

Gérard Grimonpont

on Thursday 3rd June 2021 in St Maur-des-Fossés (France)
at the age of 97 years, of which 71 years of missionary life
in Malawi and France.

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

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Baptist Mapunda, R.I.P.

Society of the Missionaries of Africa

Father Aloysius Ssekamatte, Provincial Superior of East Africa,
informs you of the return to the Lord of Father

Baptist Mapunda

on Thursday 3rd June 2021 in Mwanza (Tanzania)
at the age of 61 years, of which 30 years of missionary life
in Zambia, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania.

Let us pray for him and for his loved ones.

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Call for solidarity with the population of Goma

Call for solidarity with the population of Goma

The General Council appeals to all confreres to come to the aid of the people of Goma who have been severely affected by the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano in recent days. In particular, it invites us to express our moral, spiritual and material support to the confreres of the parish of Notre Dame d’Afrique in Katoy who have remained on the spot and who are taking care of the displaced people who are flocking there.  On Monday morning, what is missing is food. You can send your donations to the General Bursar’s Office here in Rome, CASA GENERALIZIA DELLA SOCIETA DEI MISSIONARI D’AFRICA PADRI BIANCHI, via Aurelia 269, 00165 Roma.

IBAN: IT60S0200805061000002937861

BIC UNCRITM1030

adding SOS Goma.

The confreres in Notre-Dame d’Afrique Katoy are :

      • Evans Chama : pac.gom.econ@mafr.org and WhatsApp +32 465 26 92 95
      • Kanto Hembram : WhatsApp +243 991 559 236
      • Robert Ouedraogo : WhatsApp +243 812 854 261