Statue of Mary Our Mother visits Mpika

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.


The following day they went in procession to the Cathedral before the solemn mass, in which the Kasama delegates officially handed over the statue. The mass was well prepared with a reflective homily by Fr. I. Chimpali, some touching rituals and overjoyed singing. After Mass, the CWL planted a fruit tree within the surroundings of St. Joseph’s Rectory. The fruit tree will serve as a memory for this special occasion; and as it bears fruits it will remind the CWL to bear good fruits in their lives individually and collectively as an organization.

The statue remains in the Cathedral up to 30 May 2014; then it will continue its journey and be handed over to Kabwe Diocese. On this day, the CWL members are expected to be in Mpika for the concluding ceremony and sent-off.  It is desired that by the end of the pilgrimage the CWL organization and other Christians will reap spiritual benefits arising from their devotion to Our Lady.  Stipulated prayers for about 1 hour called “An hour of faith” are being followed every day by various groups in accordance with the program.