THE INITIATION CEREMONY OF NEW SCHOLASTICS

img_1609-ag-for-webA newly born child is always a joy in a society and so is the gift of a new member of the community as all others rejoice having received some more members of the community. This was the feeling on 17th September, 2016 in the community of St Daniel Comboni Scholasticate, Pietermaritzburg. On this day, three of us were officially welcomed and initiated to the community. These are: Mathews Kutsaile from Malawi-Zambia province, Kelly Mikisi Juma from Kenya, and Ronald Alionzi from Uganda, who are a gift from God to our community. Usually new scholastics are welcomed and initiated during the feast of the Exaltation of The Cross, but this year because of many activities, the 17th was the convenient date for this initiation.

Comboni valued the cross so much and it is with this in mind that we contemplate Jesus on the cross. The founder said “The works of God are born at the foot of the cross.” Indeed the Cross is our source of courage, we look to the Cross to get our strength and courage for the mission. The Cross, the dry wood that was associated with suffering, punishment, and shame became the tree of life, and bore abundant fruit that will last forever. Therefore, we as new scholastics feel welcome with the image of cross in this life because this journey will not be a bed or roses but also thorn. Yet by looking on the Cross we get courage to face the challenges that are ahead of us.img_1591-save-for-web

The main message from the homily of the presider Fr. Vicente indicated that in this life there are always fears; fear of the unknown, fear of what others think of me. But these fears should not prevent one from living their lives and expressing themselves in the community. We should learn to face the future with courage and put everything in the hands of the Lord because by ourselves we can do nothing.

The community welcomed Mathews, Kelly and Ronald as full members in a special way with the words of Tertio Millenio Inuente 1 ‘remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm and look forward to the future with img_1601-for-webssconfidence.’ According to the custom, we received the Breviary, the Bible, the educative charter and the community year plan. After this the Superior, Fr. Ngumba Lelo invited us to remain faithful to the rule of life, the type of life to which the Lord called us and which we accepted to follow in concreteness of the circumstances where the Lord places us. Then the whole community had an opportunity to welcome us by a fraternal embrace after a hymn to our Mother Mary.

img_1599-wbwaThe day concluded by a social evening where the new scholastics shared stories of their lives amid other img_1596-for-websforms of recreation and entertainment. Indeed it was really a nice experience to be welcomed in a special way in the community. We the new scholastics would like to thank this community for all the love they have shown us. We are not perfect beings; all we ask from you is your patience and understanding towards us. You have already shown this in past few weeks and we are appreciative of that. Through our strengths and weakness we want to commit our lives to this scholasticate for the wellbeing of all and we hope by the grace of God to give our best to foster the spirit of the cenacle of apostles.

May God continue to bless us all.

By Ronald Alionzi

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MINISTRY OF LECTOR AND ACOLYTE

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On the 27th of August 2016, eight of our confreres received the ministry of Readers and Acolyte. This happened during a beautiful Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Vicente and concelebrated by Fr. Ngumba Lelo.  The celebration took place in the Scholasticate from 11:00 am.

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The whole community was prepared for this celebration by a recollection which stated on the evening of 26th of August and concluded with the celebration for the ministries. Achille, Maurice, Raissone and Robert were installed as acolytes, whereas Charlemagne, Hippolyte, Mario and Pascal were installed as lectors. The installation was done by Fr Ngumba Lelo. img_1490-for-web

In his homily, Fr. Vicente underlined certain points of the Apostolic Letter, Ministeria Quaedam of Pope Paul VI regarding the roles and functions of acolytes and lectors in relation with the Eucharistic celebration. He also commented on the liturgical text of the day, especially the Gospel on the Parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). He invited the installed lectors and acolytes to make use of their talents for the good of the people of God.web

The Eucharistic celebration ended around half past twelve and was followed by a fraternal ‘Agape’ in the ambience of joy and thanksgiving to the Lord.img_1519-for-web

By Charlemagne Dossavi Sitou

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“COME AND SEE (JOHN 1:39),” COMBONI MISSIONARIES WINTER VOCATION WORKSHOP 7 – 11 JULY 2016

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The Comboni Missionaries winter vocation workshop took place in Pretoria from 7th to 11th July 2016, at Comboni centre. It was organized by the new vocation promoter Scholastic Prosper Tehou in collaboration with three scholastics  from Pietermaritzburg.  Eight aspirants were present for this workshop: one candidate came from Lesotho, one from the diocese of Kokstad and others from the Archdiocese of Johannesburg. The workshop started with the evening prayer on Thursday. Then, after supper there was moment of introduction and welcoming in order to get to know each other. The workshop focused on the theme taken from John’s Gospel: Jesus said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day (John 1:39). Around this theme different speakers tried to help the  aspirants to understand deeply what religious life is about in general, especially in the line of Comboni  charism.  The morning sessions were followed by group discussions.

SAVE-FOR-WEBSMoreover, on Friday and Saturday there were two sessions per day, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. The first session in the morning was presented by Fr. Evans whose sharing was based on ‘With the Lord to be transformed and sent to witness.’ In his sharing, Fr. Evans insisted on the fact that vocation is based on testimony.  When we meet Jesus, we are called and commissioned to bring Christ to other people through our testimony. After his presentation, the group was divided into two for group work. It was time for the aspirants to reflect on the first presentation. In the afternoon, Fr.  Donald Magoma shared on ‘If I SAVE-FOR-WEBlived a thousand lives: Comboni Charism’ and on his missionary experience  in Chad. On Saturday, during the first session, the Scholastic Prosper Tehou spoke about ‘The Youth are asking about Religious life’ and in the afternoon session, Br. Erich and Sr. Clara, Comboni missionaries shared not only about their vocations, but also about their missionary experiences. After the second session in the afternoon, there was a moment of sport for relaxation during which the young men enjoyed themselves with football on Friday and basketball on Saturday. On Sunday, all were invited at St. Daniel Comboni Parish Mahube valley in Mamelodi for the Eucharistic celebration, which was followed by lunch. It was a good experience for everybody to see how our confreres do their mission with zeal at the Parish.

IMG-20160725-WA0014-FOR-WEBThe workshop ended with Eucharist on Monday as a thanksgiving.  Around 10:30hours, it was time for departure. In general, it was good to see eight young people responding positively by their presence for this winter workshop. It was amazing to see how these aspirants were really interested in knowing about religious life and Comboni Missionaries way of life.  Despite the  challenges of  this office of vocation promotion, the response seems to be positive and motivating with the new generation of these eight candidates who participated in this workshop. SAVED-FOR-WEB

By  sch. Pascal Adrupiako  Akuma

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MANDELA DAY; TAKE ACTION, INSPIRE CHANGE AND MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

images-FOR-WEB-SNelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. Therefore, 18TH of July reminds many South Africans and the world of the man and hero that made a big stride to unite and bring change in South African, a man who lived by his words, a man who influenced and touched people in the whole world.mandela-day-SPECIA-WEB

In South Africa the day is important and is promoted by Nelson Mandela Foundation; #for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mandela day images-(1)-FOR-WEBactions, no matter how big or small, should consistently focus on the realization or restoration of dignity and empowerment through contributions.” No matter how small the action, aim to make the difference, touch someone vulnerable, be fulfilled and express true love.

server-2-SPECIAL-FOR-WEBIn one of his speeches Nelson Mandela once said, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Further he made it clear to the comrades and fellow South Africans saying; ‘I stand before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you’ I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.” The words meant actions; he communicated and acted as a servant leader. He was a servant of the people.

blankets-for-day-SPECIALCan this day teach us a lesson? Can these words have an impact on us? Are we ready to make the poor smile? The lonely at home? Can we change lives? I think we can, that is; if we really respect and value life. This day is not only meant for South Africans but for every one, for you and me; furthermore, to serve every day. I think these words reflect what our Lord invites us to do.  Simply to serve. It is fortunate that Nelson Mandela as a president lived them. He set an example for us to follow. The same words lived by Jesus as a servant are expressed in Gospel of Mark 10:45 as; “for even the son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  I believe this is the best way to render our services, this is what Mandela did and invited all to do.SPECIAL-FOR-MADE-WEB

The call and invitation to serve is expressed in Mandela’s words to all people as ‘free yourself, free others and serve every day.’ what is our call? Our challenge on this day? Simple answer I would give is, we are called and challenged to promote human dignity based on values in all aspects of life.IMG_20160718_091143-FOR-WEB

FOR-WED-SPECIALOn this day the Christians of St. John of Ark Parish organized a charity work to make the day meaningful. The same day, with curiosity and enthusiasm to have an idea about what ‘Mandela day means’ one of the  Scholastics working in the Parish took a step to join this group of Christians at Sobantu in this act of charity to one old man Lawrence Siphiwe {Cleaning his compound}.  At the end of the day he was fulfilled with this simple act of charity, challenged and inspired by this invitation ‘take action {serve others}, inspire change and make the difference.’ He wished that this could be the spirit in serving others every day reiterating the words of Nelson Mandela.

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BY JUSTUS OSEKO MCCJ

 

 

 

 

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FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART; THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERED THERE IS NOTHING I SHALL WANT (PSALM 23)

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SAVE-FOR-WES 3The feast of the Sacred Heart reminds us of our duty to spread the message of God’s love. It is one of the essential feasts of the Church and, it draws our attention to Christ as our ultimate source of love. On 17th /06/ 2016, here in Pietermaritzburg three communities; Sacred Heart, Sisters of Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus gathered together to celebrate this crucial feast. For the three communities the feast is essential because of the selfless love manifested by Jesus. Christ who inspires us to find in Him genuine love which generates life and unites all people to Him. The day began with the Eucharistic celebration at 10:00am.

_DSC0548-FOR-WEB 1During the homily, Deacon Blaise Bokondi clearly pointed out how Christ is the source of true love, uniting the Church and people of all walks of life to God. Consequently, animates these three communities in their ministries. In this regard he pointed many ways of how we are blessings to God’s people . On the other hand, he stressed how we proclaim the word love with our lips but deep down our hearts, we have sown seeds of hatred, jealousy, envy, self-centeredness e.tc.  _DSC0545-SAVE-FOR-WEB

He therefore, invited us to live out what we communicate to others. In addition, he insisted that, to truly live the life of Christ who is the way, the truth and the life our focus must be on His generous Heart. He stressed the need for constant reflection of this love in serving our brothers and sisters in dire need. Further, his reflection, centred on Christ’s love reaching out to the needy without discrimination invited us to reflect and so  intervene in the plight of the poor and all people who need our attention.  In a practical way he highlighted examples of Christ the good shepherd searching us always when we go astray, Ezekiel 3:11-16 (the lost I will seek out), and brings us back to the Him, in His unconditional love. He invited us to continue to emulate Christ’s example in our ministry. _DSC0550-FOR-WEB-2016He emphasized that we are called to search for God’s people in need of His mercy and bring them back to Him, this is affirmed by the words of St. Josemaria Escriva integrated with the Word of God which summarize and invite us to love.  “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled.” (Luke 12:29) We have approached the fire of the love of God. Let us allow that fire to burn our lives. Let us feed the desire to spread that divine fire throughout the world, making it known to all the people around us. They too can experience the peace of Christ and find happiness there. A Christian who lives united to Christ’s heart can have no goals but these: peace in society, peace in the Church, peace in his soul, the peace of God which will reach its climax when his kingdom comes.”  Finally, he pointed out  with examples the image of the Good Shepherded in us though limited in our different ways, he said, ‘our founders were and will ever be the role models of this true love that is explicit from Christ as the Good shepherded.’DSC_0419-SAVE-WEB 2_DSC0557-SACRED-FOR-WEB

After the beautiful Eucharistic celebration we shared Lunch together; then, the floor was open for those who willingly had either a presentation, song or a dance. Brothers and sisters freely volunteered to take part in these activities through which we witnessed a true family of brothers and sisters. We also participated in sports organized by the communities that is; volleyball and football. Later in evening the celebration continued with the Braai transferred to the Sacred Heart community.  After the Braai brothers and sisters left at their own pleasure. It was a good opportunity and a Great day for all of us. Well done brothers and sisters.

 

 By Justus Oseko.

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WE WANT FREE QUALITY EDUCATION AND DRUGS-FREE ENVIRONMENT

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Youth Day on 16 June is a public holiday in South Africa and commemorates a protest which resulted in a wave of protests across the country known as the Soweto uprising of 1976. It came in response to multiple issues with the Bantu Education Act and the government edict in 1974 that Afrikaans be used as medium of instruction for certain subjects in black schools. The iconic picture of Hector Pieterson, a black schoolchild shot by the police, brought home to many people within and outside of South Africa the brutality of the Apartheid government. For years, 16 June stood as a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government. Today, it is designated National Youth Day when South Africans honour young people and bring attention to their needs.

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hosting the young people of St Agnes Maqongqo, the only outstation of St Joan of Arc. The programme began with Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr Paul Kambo,  after which one of the parishioners, Miss Xoliswa, A Nurse working with Umngeni Water, delivered a presentation on drug abuse in South Africa and policies that the government has come up with to help young people live drug free life. The gist of the presentation reflected the reality of the young people who seemed to be overwhelmed by the menace of drugs that has infiltrated most schools and townships. From a brief interview that I had with some of them, it was clear that they are concerned about two crucial things: Free quality education for all and Drugs- Free environment (townships, schools, streets, taxi ranks etc).

NYD-web-7Later in the afternoon, the youths used their energies and talents constructively by participating actively in football, volleyball and netball.  There was egg race and variety of games for the little boys and girls who had also come in their numbers especially from Jika Joe. Football appeared to be the popular sport and there were more than six teams; three from the young people of Jika Joe Informal settlement and three from the youths of the parish and the Comboni Scholastics.

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We are grateful to Fr Paul and the Youths of St Joan of Arc for hosting this important event for the first time. The success of this small event is a sign that there are still many other areas of collaboration and cooperation that the three communities (Scholasticate, St Joan of Arc and St Agnes) can still exploit in the coming years. We also hope that from the presentation of Miss Xoliswa, our young people will take a more active role in purging our schools and communities of this scourge of drugs.

 

 

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Report by Robert Kinena Ndung’u

Photos by Justus Oseko Obwaya

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ECUMENISM FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE

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In his encyclical {Ut Unum Sint} Pope John Paul II wrote, “Indeed, as the Letter to the Ephesians explains, Jesus “broke down the dividing wall of hostility … through the Cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end”; in place of what was divided he brought about unity (cf. 2:14-16).”  Ecumenism spirit focuses on the words of the Gospel As you Father are in me, and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me (John 17: 21)Christ reminds us that his coming has a privilege for us, he saves us each day that we may seek union that binds us to him, it is in remaining in him, that we love others genuinely.

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Contrary to remaining in Jesus, we seek to find faults in others whom we are called to love. Often the  egocentric talks are heard when it comes to politics, social and religion. Fine, in us much us we respect our own teachings depending on the Church or religion we go to, I think it is high time to avoid the expressions, such us “our Church is better than the other, we pray better than you, etc.” Jesus came to set aside these differences, he calls us to embrace one another, relish and develop the spirit of gratitude towards each other. Again, I think going beyond these expressions, we become sources of blessing in our Churches, our homes and everywhere uniting and bridging gaps between us as we move close to God.

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Whereas ecumenism is really and active in some countries, to some it is a story, heard but not actualized, simply due to the egoistic attitudes, hence considering “our Church as the “ the best and the true one”. We learn from one another when we are united by Christ.  We need to be challenged with the Word of God, (John 15:11-17), we are called, chosen both religious and lay, to witness Christ to others,  commissioned to unite, to bring joy, to share God’s love, be partners in His mission, be ambassadors, bear fruits, by bringing people to God, what a privilege!  Sometimes we live as if we were sent to the world to compete with one another. This is not the intention of God; the intention is that we may be one.

MINISTERS-FOR-WEB     Whereas South Africa has a different perspective to ecumenism, known by name cluster worship  seeking union, my experiences in Zambia gives another rich meaning of Ecumenism. While is Zambia I witnessed Churches come together for prayers, during lent and Easter. For Palm Sunday 2016, it was another reality as SAVE-FOR-WEBSSSreported By Itaru John, M.Afr, “The 2016 Palm Sunday has seen another realization of ecumenical procession. Nine different Churches in Kabwata area (where M. Afr carry their pastoral work) gathered together for a colorful procession to mark the triumphant entry of our Lord in Jerusalem.  These Churches are: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Roman Catholic Church, Kabwata Church of Nazarene, Kabwata Pilgrim Wesleyan Church, Reformed Church in Zambia, Anglican Church, The Salvation Army, The United Church of Zambia (UCZ) and the United Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa.”  Lusaka.

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Another memorable event is that of, St. Augustine Catholic Church together with other denominations in Karikiriki  visiting the hospice of Mother Teresa giving support to the sick people with tangible goods, after a moment of prayer together, it was a wonderful enlightenment. With all these examples, the question we can ponder on is, Can we think of more other ways of embracing one another despite our religious believes? It is unfortunate that religions have created divisions, lets us unit and live as one.

Whether Protestant, orthodoxy, Catholic etc. we are one, Christ is the Centre of reference; simply because Christ came and still comes in the living word that we may be one.

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By Obwaya Oseko Justus MCCJ

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YEARN FOR THAT ZEST OF IDENTIFYING WITH CHRIST

‘Don’t praise yourself let others praise you’

 

SAVE-FOR-WEB.            Fr. Joseph Maina, the Provincial Superior of Kenya dedicated 22nd – 28th of April 2016 to visit St. Daniel Comboni Scholasticate Pietermaritzburg. The visit marked by a sharing of his life experiences with confreres  from Kenya , the whole Scholasticate community and Eucharist celebration. We leant a lot from him and at the same time we felt challenged. It was beautiful hosting him. He became a blessing to us, encouraging and inspiring for these days we spent together. In short it was awesome. His brotherly visit and perspective of our community concerning  prayer life, brought to light this expression  ‘don’t praise yourself let others praise you,’ motivating us and at the same time challenging us to yearn for that  zest of identifying ourselves  with Christ each day of our life.

His experiences in Costa Rica and Guatemala were revitalizing; more especially the one of using a donkey covering kilometers, taking about 12 hours to reach out to people in the missions. His experiences reflected his words to us; ‘you are the first formators, forming yourselves to be responsible in the forthcoming missions, you become the people you have formed yourselves to be,’ and his invitation was that we may nurture this aspect. His sharing about Comboni missionaries in Kenya province, gave a picture of committed missionaries in serving God’s people. In addition, he said that, Comboni missionaries serve in four Zones namely; Marsabit, Pokot, Turkana and Nairobi. Further, he termed Kenya as a blessed country with vocations, vivid as many young men and women enter different religious formations. He mentioned that the visit of Pope Francis was a source of encouragement and hope for a better Kenya. Pope Francis’ crucial message to  Kenyans was so clear, promote peace, love, unity and  avoid corruption. On the other hand he said Al Shabaab militants are major threats to the country’s progress.MAINA-FOR-WEB

During Eucharistic celebration the Provincial emphasized that, for a good missionary these aspects  “contemplation and action” must be integrated citing Comboni as spiritual guide. Further, he invited us according to the readings of the day {Wednesday 27th, April 2016, John 15:1-8} to be branches that are always attached to the vine. He encouraged us to go beyond the NGO mentality where we  missions are only based on physical development and improving lives of people without considering spiritual aspect.

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On the other hand, the Provincial stressed challenges that the Congregation and many Provinces face, inviting us to work and learn from them, these were; lack of leadership personnels, apathy in learning the language which is key for evangelization, confreres longing for comfortable zones/places with network and  individualism. These challenges were a wakeup call for us. The messages garnered from his visit can only bear fruits when put into reflection on personal level. Consequently, each individual becomes realistic, greatful and optimistic now and in the future.

By Obwaya Oseko Justus MCCJ.

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RENEWAL OF VOWS AS CONTINUAL RESPONSE TO GOD’S LOVE

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We, scholastics of Pietermaritzburg, renewed our vows on the 30th April. The time to renew the vows is an important moment whereby we say once again yes to God’s love. In this year 2016, there were three events which accompanied this moment of the renewal of our vows: recollection, Eucharistic celebration and moment of sharing with friends. The recollection prepared us spiritually to meditate on the image of Christ the True vine from John 15:1-17. The key idea on which the preacher, Father Baldan Fabio Carlo focused his reflection was the experience of remaining in Christ as the branch is attached to the vine. Father Fabio reminded us that as religious we are called to remain and abide in Christ who is the True vine.

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Indeed, the second part focused on the Eucharistic celebration which took place in the Church of the Parish, Saint John Arc. During the Eucharistic celebration, in the presence of Father Fabio, the Superior Provincial of South Africa, twelve scholastics, from seven different countries, once again responded yes to God’s love and call through the renewal of their vows of Chastity, poverty and obedience for one year. DSC_0862

The beauty of such commitment is that each person relays on the used biblical passage to emphasize on his yes response to God’s love. The Eucharistic celebration was lovely and wonderful with the participation of a good number of the youths from the outstation of Saint Agnes Maqongqo, a new pastoral field where some scholastics go for apostolate. The presence of these youths was the fruit of their pastoral in this new area. During the Eucharist, not only the youths of St Agnes attended, but also friends with whom we work in other different apostolate, to pray with us, grace and witness the renewal.

We concluded with a moment of sharing supper together. It was a good moment to exchange with friends and to share the joy of Christ. It is during these occasions that as Christians, first, we experiment the joy of being brothers and sisters in Christ. Then as religious share such joy with those whom we work with in our pastoral areas.

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BY PASCAL ADRUPIAKO AKUMA MCCJ

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SET MY PEOPLE FREE (Exodus 5:1)

‘This is only but the beginning of a war that will take time to win’

 

 

Silent Walk for Drugs abuse in Woodlands 16th April 2016Saturday 16th March 2016 was an important day for the Christian Community in Woodlands. St Luke’s Anglican Church in collaboration with Consolata Missionaries and other Christian churches around Woodlands and Northdale organised a silent protest against drug addiction and abuse that began at 0700hrs and ended at about 0915hrs. About three hundred people participated in this exercise that involved walking silently with banners along the road in a queue beginning from the Northway Mall and proceeding to Woodlands. Noticing that a group of DA supporters were around in blue DA T-shirts, caps, a bakkie with banners and public address system, the master of ceremony reminded all that the initiative was purely Church based and warned anyone from using it for their own agenda.

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This silent protest followed a concern from the community on the tremendous increase in drugs abuse in Woodlands and its vicinity. Most of the victims are school going youths. It is alleged that a few weeks ago a boy died after using a new type of drug, a concoction of coffee and Coke. As we walked on the busy roads, we were shown empty coffee mixture bottles that is alleged to be the new drug that is more lethal than Whoonga. In fact one of the organisers pointed out that there is a new type of Whoonga from Russia more affordable than the one being used currently.

In the end Fr. Eric, the Pastor of St Luke’s, was grateful to all the people who had turned up for the silent protest, old and young alike. He expressed his desire to see Christians involved in more activities that bring more life to the community. For him this was just a beginning of a war that will take time to win. He extended an invitation to all to come and pray together for the same cause on 15th May at Thornville Hall from 1600-1800hrs.

St Joseph’s Theological Institute NPC Cedara was represented by the community of Consolata Missionaries who have a parish in Woodlands and who minister to alcoholics and victims of drugs in the parish and in the informal settlement (Sight 11). Also present were Comboni Missionaries, Student Forum President,  and members of the SJTI OIKOS group which ‘engage in more intensive cooperation in carrying out any duties for the common good of humanity which are demanded by every Christian conscience’ (UR 4).silent protest 5

We need to applaud the courage of our Anglican compatriots in fighting this scourge that is decimating our homes. Sometimes back, Cardinal Napier issued a pastoral letter to all Catholics on the issue of drugs abuse and the need for us to do something. I don’t know whether anything to that effect was or is being done. Our presence in this event as Catholics  was not just to heed the call of our Cardinal  but  an expression of Vatican II decree on ecumenism that invites us to use every possible means to relieve the afflictions of our time, for example famine, poverty, prostitution, drug abuse, pornography etc. Indeed through such a cooperation ‘all believers in Christ are able to learn easily how they can understand each other better and esteem each other more, and how the road to the unity of Christians may be made smooth’ (UR 12).SAVE-FOR-WEB

 

We know that we have been making bold strides on ecumenism at the intellectual level, especially using the structures of our well celebrated Cluster. It is high time we move out of our libraries and formation houses and engage our world in practical ways. We have the advantage of living in a country where the constitution respects and protects those who want to have silent and peaceful demonstrations. If a small community like St Luke’s can do it, why not us as Cluster? There are so many issues that are ripping our society apart, much has been theologised and philosophized, something easy to do. What we need is the courage to go out and to make the world know who we are and what we stand for!  Any ideas on how we can do this will be highly appreciated.

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Robert Kinena Ndungu MCCJ (OIKOS SJTI).

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