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Borehole at Chalabesa

October 11, 2011 by t.matthaei

Chalabesa Rural Health Center (RHC) had experienced water shortages for already quite some time. The hospital was suffering from it. Water had to be carried from the Lubaleshi River in drums and containers, to be able to look after the patients. They have a windmill alright, but what to do, if there is no wind, not even a breeze?  (more…)

Yusufu Scouts walk to Nabwalya

October 11, 2011 by t.matthaei

On 4 October sixteen Yusufu Scouts started their hike to Nabwalya in the Rift-Valley. It is a hard walk of three days under the hot sun of the valley, always on guard because of the wild animals, such as elephants and buffaloes.

Dead Buffaloe in their path

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Ordination to the Priesthood

June 27, 2011 by t.matthaei

Led to the Altar by his Parents

On 4 June 2011 Deacon Alick G. Ngosa was ordained priest in Mulanga Parish by our Bishop I. Chama. Mass was celebrated outside, because there were too many people, who could not fit in the church. Many priests from all parts of the country were present as well. At the beginning of the Mass, the ordinandus was let to the altar by his parents. Fr. Ngosa is originally from Serenje. The Bishop posted the newly ordained father to Ilondola Parish. The lively Mass was followed by a reception in the garden of the presbytery. Food and drinks for the invited guests were served. The occasion was nicely prepared by Mulanga parish through the ordination committee.

The Laying-on of Hands

The Kiss of Peace

Golden Jubilee at Kopa

June 14, 2011 by t.matthaei

On Pentecost Sunday on 12 June 2011, Charles Lwanga Parish at Kopa celebrated its Golden Jubilee.  It was big feast, well prepared by Kopa parish.  Bishop Ignatius Chama presided over the Holy Eucharist. It is a double Pentecost he said. 50 days after Easter the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles and 50 years ago the first Missionaries established Kopa Mission. The four priests coming from the parish were all present:  Fr. Justin Choma, ordained in 1968;  Fr. Daniel Kashimoto ordained in 1990;  Fr. Kingsley Ndawa ordained in 2002 and Fr. Sefelino Chibesa ordained in 2005. Together with a good number of priests and sisters and of course all the faithfull from many centres of St. Charles Lwanga parish Holy Mass was celebrated.

The Stella Girls are dancing

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happy 2011

January 18, 2011 by p.tembo

2010 was concluded on a very positive note withSt Joseph Cathedral (more…)

Handing-Over of Katibunga Wirtschaftshof

November 6, 2010 by t.matthaei

On Friday 5 November the project of the Katibunga farmyard (Wirtschaftshof) was handed over by the Lwanga Construction Ltd. to the brothers of Katibunga. The prior, Fr. W. Nzota expressed happiness and gratefulness that the building of the farmyard has been finalized to a very good standard.

Seen from the Road

Seen from the Road

The Inspection Team

The Inspection Team

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A Cardinal for Zambia

October 26, 2010 by t.matthaei

His Grace Archbishop emeritus of Lusaka,  Medardo J. Mazombwe appointed Cardinal:

Our first Zambian Cardinal

New Cardinals

The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI will create 24 new Cardinals on 20 November; and among them will be Most Rev. Medardo Mazombwe. This is great news for Zambia  because he will be the first native Zambian  Cardinal.

For us in Mpika Diocese, this was a double blessing as Mons. Mazombwe was appointed while in Katibunga Mission where he was directing a retreat for sisters.  It was a real blessing for us, as we had the chance to meet our first Zambian Cardinal. Your Excellency our heartfelt congratulations and be assured of our prayers as you take up this noble duty of a Defender of the Catholic Faith.

Fr. Paul Fürstenberg died

October 26, 2010 by t.matthaei

Fr. Paul, the youngest brother of our late Bishop Adolf Fürstenberg died in Iserlohn, Germany on Wednesday, 20 October 2010, aged 93 years.

The late Fr. P. Fürstenberg

The late Fr. P. Fürstenberg

Born on 28 February 1917 he entered the seminary in 1938. Because of  WWII he had to serve as a soldier first and was ordained only in 1949. He was first a vicar in Glaudau (deanary of Mageburg) in East Germany. From 1953 to 1986 he was parish priest of Gerbstedt in the deanery of Eisleben, East Germany. Large parts of the diocese of Paderborn were in East Germany and after the building of the wall, Fr. Paul remained in the GDR up to his retirment in 1986. Then returned to his Hometown Iserlohn and was made a curat to the St. Pankratius Retirement Home. In 2009 he celebrated his diamond jubilee (60 years in the priesthood). Twice he has allowed to visit his brother Bishop Adolf in Zambia. He liked the country and its people and kept contact to Mpika Diocese ever since. He was burried on Monday 25 October in Iserlohn. My God reward him abundantly. May his soul rest in peace.

Our Bishop writes from Rome

September 17, 2010 by t.matthaei

As most of you are aware I am in Rome for the seminar that has been organised by the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples (CEP) for bishops from mission territories of Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America who have been appointed from 2008 to 2010.

Bishop Chama and Pope Benedict XVI

All together we are 101 bishops and we are at the Pontifical College of St Paul the Apostle. In fact among us there is one who has not yet been consecrated. That is why someone referred to our seminar as a ‘kindergarten’! Only it is so special for we have some bishops around 72 among us who do not qualify for the kindergarten. (more…)

Holy Childhood Rally

September 16, 2010 by p.tembo

On 11th September at St. Monica’s Parish in Tazara 255 members of the Holy Childhood gathered for their rally.  (more…)