AFRICA-MADAGASCAROrdination of Bishop Evans Chinyemba, OMI
Hundreds of people from all across the
country as well as from other countries witnessed the colorful ordination
ceremony of Bishop Evans Chinyama CHINYEMBA at the Cathedral of Lourdes in
Mongu on 28 May, 2011. The principal consecrating bishop was His Eminence,
Medardo Joseph Cardinal Mazombwe, the archbishop-emeritus of Lusaka.
Bishops from other Zambian dioceses were present to encourage and give brotherly support to the newly ordained bishop.
Also present to offer their prayers and fraternal support was the Oblate General Councillor for Africa- Madagascar Region, Fr. Emmanuel MOSOEU, and Fr. William MORELL, the acting provincial of the United States Province. Oblate priests from South Africa, Zimbabwe and the USA were also at the ceremony.
Parishioners from all the Oblate missions in Zambia came to offer their joy and support to Bishop Chinyemba.
In his homily, the Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi, Archbishop Nicola Girasoli, urged the newly ordained bishop to emulate his predecessor, Bishop Paul DUFFY, by being faithful to his legacy. He further told him never to be ashamed of the Gospel and to always speak clearly and loudly on behalf of the people he has been called to serve.
He asked the faithful of Mongu Diocese to collaborate and support Bishop Chinyemba in his ministry. “Receive Bishop Chinyemba as your teacher, shepherd and brother”, said Archbishop Girasoli. (www.omizambia.org)
The Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary
Immaculate, Saint Eugene de Mazenod, former bishop of Marseille, France, died
150 years ago on May 21. On Saturday, May 21, 2011, Msgr. Santiago de Wits, councilor
of the apostolic nunciature in Kinshasa, presided at a Mass for this
thrice-gold jubilee, in the chapel of the Saint Eugene de Mazenod Scholasticate
Msgr. De Wits noted that the charism of Eugene de Mazenod has borne much fruit; he was referring to the many participants at the Mass who are students at the institute which bears the name of the Oblate Founder. Coming from 30 male and female Congregations and from every part of the country, men and women religious and some lay persons study theology and missiology in the institute founded 29 years ago.
The St. Eugene de Mazenod Institute, affiliated with the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, provides the ordinary cycle of studies for future priests, but also a licentiate program in missiology and a doctrine program designed for women religious and non-clerical male religious. Foreign missionaries coming for the first time to the Democratic Republic of Congo can get an initiation into the culture, the philosophy, the theology and, of course, western and Congolese languages. A computer center introduces whoever is interested to the digital culture. And the program of conferences of the “Cardinal Malula Chair” since 1994 has been offering to everyone the opportunity to reflect on problems of the faith in relation to the African and Congolese culture. (Fr. Jean-Baptiste MALENGE, OMI, Correspondant de Radio Vatican)