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Ad Limina Apostolorum

November 18, 2014 by t.matthaei

Pope Francis received the Bishops of Zambia on Monday who are in Rome on their Ad Limina Visit. In his remarks to the group the Pope spoke about the importance of the family and the need to reach out to the poorest and most afflicted and in society. He also spoke to the Bishops about encouraging young people to play an active role in the life of the Church.

Our Bishops in Rome

Our Bishops in Rome

Among other things he said:

“Dear Brother Bishops,
I welcome you to the City of the Apostles, where you have come as shepherd pilgrims ad Limina Apostolorum Petri et Pauli, and I thank Archbishop Mpundu for his gracious words on behalf of all the bishops, priests and people of your country…

In regard to these difficulties, I am convinced that “the weakening of family bonds is particularly serious because the family is the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and to belong to one another; it is also the place where parents pass on the faith to their children” (Evangelii Gaudium, 66).  Be solicitous whether in or out of season, by supporting this “sanctuary of life” (Africae Munus, 42) which is the family, for it is here that the Church’s well-being in Zambia must grow and be fostered…

I ask you, with your priests, to form strong Christian families, who – by your catechizing – will know, understand and love the truths of the faith more deeply, and thus be protected from those currents which may tempt them to fall away.  Affirm Catholic couples in their desire for fidelity in conjugal life and in their yearning to provide a stable spiritual home for their children, helping them to nurture the life of virtue in the family.  By so doing, your authentic teaching of the doctrines of the faith will touch the daily life of Zambian households….

Lonnie D. Porter died

November 18, 2014 by t.matthaei

On Sunday the 26th of October, Mr. Lonnie Porter died in Chilonga in his home, after a long struggle with Prostate cancer. He was put to rest on Friday the 31st of October in Chilonga cemetery. Lonnie worked for many years for Mpika Diocese as a builder and constructor. He built, for example, the Church at Kopa Musumba. Lonnie was born on 29 January 1945 in Selma, Alabama in the USA.

Lonnie at the day of his wedding

Lonnie at the day of his wedding

He went for a tour of duty to Vietnam and upon his return got a degree in Economics and Art  from Troy-State University in Alabama. As a Peace Corps volunteer he worked first in Kenya and in 1995 he came as a volunteer to Zambia. He was stationed in Kopa. Later on, he joined the diocese and was building anything from Churches to pit latrines, putting in solar lighting and water reticulations, drilling wells to name but a few activities. In 2005 he got married to Dr. Pauline Borsboom in Chilonga and started building a beautiful place in Shiwa at the lake. Last year January Lonnie broke his leg after a fall and became critically ill in the ICU in Johannesburg. This broken leg proved to be the first sign of an aggressive form of metastatic prostate cancer and ever since he struggled with that vicious decease. He was a dedicated Catholic and strong believer in God. He was loved by many and we will miss him dearly. May his soul rest in the peace of Christ.

Ordination to the Diaconate

August 8, 2014 by t.matthaei

on 2 August Archbishop Ignatius Chama, the Apostolic Administrator of Mpika ordained seminarian Vincent Chendela as a deacon at St. Marks’ Parish in Isoka.

Deacon V. Chendela

Deacon V. Chendela

 

The holy Mass that was concelebrated by more than 20 priests and assisted by 3 deacons, was also attended by some religious and a lot of Christians from some parts of the diocese.
The diocese has now 4 deacons. God willing, next year we will have 4 ordinations to the priesthood. Let us continue praying for our deacons

Our 4 Deacons

Our 4 Deacons

Statue of Mary Our Mother visits Mpika

May 14, 2014 by p.tembo

On 25 April 2014, a delegation of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) from Kasama Archdiocese arrived in Mpika to handover Our Lady’s statue which is currently on pilgrimage in all Zambian dioceses. As it moves from diocese to diocese, it is in the custody of the CWL.  To receive the statue our Womens’ League and faithful with a special devotion to Our Lady gathered at Mpika Boma turn-off. Joined by their Kasama counterparts they went in procession to St. Andrew’s Church. The reception was jubilant,  with prayers, recitation of the Rosary and singing Marian hymns.

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Fr. Patrick Chibuye has died

April 2, 2014 by t.matthaei

With deep regret we announce the death of Fr. Patrick Chibuye Mukuka Mpepo. He died in the early hours of Tuesday, April 2, 2014 in Lusaka, where he had gone for treatment.

Father Patrick was born on 22 October 1973 and ordained by Archbishop T-G. Mpundu in St. Monica (Tazara) on 12 July 2003. He served as Parish Priest at St. Joseph`s Cathedral from 2005-2007, then in Mulilansolo from 2007-2008. He was Caritas Mpika Director from June 2009 to July 2013. At the same time he was also the Diocesan Health Coordinator.

Fr. Chibuye (3rd left) at his ordination

Fr. Chibuye (3rd left) at his ordination

His Ordination motto was: “Neci calenga nokuti Umutima wandi uletasha Lesa” (Lk 1:46)

May his Soul rest in Peace.

Funeral Mass will be on Friday, 4 April at St. Monica’s, Tazara, starting at 9:00 hrs, followed by the burial at Chilonga

The funeral House is St. Monica, old Church (hall). We expect the body by tomorrow, 3 April at around 18:00 hrs. There will be a memorial service, as soon as the body is in.

New Bishop for Monze Diocese

February 10, 2014 by p.tembo

We just got the news that the Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Moses Hamungole, as  Bishop of Monze. It is good news for all of us. Congratulations to Monze Diocese and to the bishop-elect.

The consecration will take place on 3  May 2014 in Monze.

Fr. Muba Daniel Kashimoto died

January 3, 2014 by t.matthaei

Fr. Kashimoto R.I.P.

Fr. Kashimoto R.I.P.

With deep regret we announce the death of Fr. Muba Daniel Kashimoto our Vicar General. Fr. Kashimoto died on 1st January 2014 at around 18.40 hrs. in the evening after a long struggle with cancer. Fr. Daniel was born on 12 March 1963 in Chayansa (Chief Kabinga’s area) and was ordained priest on 25 August 1990 in Kopa. As a priest he stayed in Mpulungu (1990-1992), in St. Andrew’s, Mpika (1992-1994), Kayambi (1994-1999), Isoka, St. Marc’s (1999-2001), Chilonga (2001-2002) and Mulilansolo (2002-2007). From July 2007 to October 2013 he served as Pastoral Coordinator of the diocese. on 21 April 2012 he was appointed Vicar General by the apostolic administrator, Archbishop Ignatius Chama.

The requiem Mass is on Saturday, 4 January at St. Joseph’s Cathedral followed by his burial in Chilonga cemetery. May his soul rest in peace.

Fr. Muba, front, during the opening of St. Monica, his last public Mass

Fr. Muba, front, during the opening of Tazara

Blessing of St. Monica Church in Tazara

December 16, 2013 by l.hamann

On Sunday the 15th of December 2013 Archbishop Ignatius Chama blessed the new Tazara Church dedicated to St. Monica. Thousands of people were present and filled the big new Church, they were even sitting outside and standing on the walls and between the pews. It was a moving service, many had never experienced the consecration of a new church: The knocking at the door of the new church, ” be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD…”; the blessing of the Church inside-out with holy water, the consecration of the altar with holy Chrism oil, the incensing of the entire building, the lighting of the candles on the alter and the 12 lamp-stands; all very solemn and edifying. Even the many children were attentively following the ceremony only to fall into slumber again during the sermon…

Many kids watched the event

Many kids watched the event

 

Bishop addressing the faithful

Bishop addressing the faithful

 

Procession from the old to the new Church

Procession from the old to the new Church

Entering St. Monica

Entering St. Monica

The faithful were very happy and thanked the bishop for this new church, made possible through the contribution of our trusted donors from the Archdiocese of Paderborn, Church-in-Need in Königstein, the Fürstenberg Trust and others. Thank you very much for help and support, it made this new church possible.

Outgoing Parish Priest P.Bwalya (3rd left)

Outgoing Parish Priest P.Bwalya (3rd left)

 

Consecration of the Altar

Consecration of the Altar

 

Incense

Incense

 

Filled to capacity

Filled to capacity

Archbishop Chama thanked the faithful for their contribution and help as well as Lwanga Contruction Ltd. the builders of the church for their workmanship and finishing standards. The pictures show the joy and solemnity of the event.

Stella Girls dancing

Stella Girls dancing

 

Thanking for the new Church

Thanking the Lord

 

Closure of the Year of Faith

December 3, 2013 by p.tembo

Priests,  Sisters and Christians  convened at St. Joseph’s Cathedral for the Holy Mass  marking the end of the Year of Faith on 23 November. The principal celebrant was Archbishop Ignatius Chama, the Apostolic Administrator.

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Archbishop Chama during Mass

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Mansa Diocese gets a Bishop

December 3, 2013 by t.matthaei

His Holiness Pope Francis on 30 November 2013  appointed (more…)