News

From 2018-07-20 to 2018-08-31

HEALING AND HAPPINESS

BRIEFLY - THE SOCIAL, POLITICAL, AND ECONOMIC CONTEXT

I’m not going to attempt an in-depth analysis of the complex social, political, and economic realities of the area. Though there are some important differences between the reality of Malawi and of Zambia, there are recent changes in our respective governments that bring about a certain level of uncertainty.

Economically, poverty and its numerous negative consequences are still among us, even increasing due to corruption in so many obvious and subtle forms. Education, health services, and infrastructure development are all adversely affected.

Despite progress in technology and modernization in some areas, social progress seems to widen even further the gap between urban and rural life, creating tensions both in the cities and in the country side. HIV is still a reality, not to mention the issues of sexual behaviour resulting in violence, harassment, and abuse. Children and youth are confronted with these issues on a daily basis.

In both countries, there is an outcry for a true Democracy, one where the State, the Church, and the civil society are brought together beneath a flag of justice and peace. An appropriate civic and ecclesial education is necessary; several issues need to be addressed, such as workers compensation, general protection of the rights and obligations of Christ’s faithful. We want to cultivate a spirituality that allows faith and justice to coexist in the daily lives of Christians and their communities.

AWARENESS AND GROWTH

Malawi and Zambia are part of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA). Their primary goal is to encourage collegiality between the different bishops of the region. At one of the meetings, it was pointed out that while the Catholic Church seems to be getting stronger in Central and East Africa, AMECEA acknowledged that faith is superficial and not rooted enough in Christ, therefore fails to live and to proclaim the Gospel. The theme, New Evangelization through true conversion and witnessing to Christian faith, illustrates the work that remains to be done.

On their part, the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa has focused their attention on the cultural traditions and values that have a positive influence on religious life and traditional weddings, funerals, and burial rites. We must rise to the challenge of integrating these cultural values into our religious formation programs and seminars.

THE MIC SISTERS’ JOYFUL COMMITMENT

When we examine our lives and our vocation as religious missionaries, we are always thankful for the blessings we have received and willing to take up the challenges that are to come. We still have five missionary posts in Lilongwe, Mzimba, Mzuzu, Chipata, and Kanyanga, and two houses of formation. Our schools allow us to stay in close contact with families and their loved ones. The hospital in Kanyanga takes care of the country’s poorest populations, promotes HIV prevention, and helps mothers feed their children. The center for human and spiritual growth in Chipata and the diocesan bookstore in   Mzuzu also lend a helping hand to people in need.

We must not only think about what we are doing, but HOW we are doing it. Are we  concerned for the people and do we have a human approach? Do we help them heal and bring them happiness? Do we encourage unity and peace? Are we focused on personal growth? How well do we work with children, youth, and the sick? What is our commitment to the ecology?

ALL TOGETHER

The quality of our community life is of utmost importance; working together in a family spirit, developing a sense of belonging wherever we are and in whatever we do must be a priority. We must always remember that it is our duty to bring the Kingdom of God to life among ourselves and with the laity.

Currently, we are lacking personnel. Many of our missionaries have returned home and the younger Sisters are studying. Our goal is to give the very best of ourselves, but our numbers are few and our tasks are multiplying. In the province of Our Lady of Africa, we are only twenty-seven Sisters managing seven households and several projects. To make this possible, we share the apostolic and community services. We make sure that our work conveys our desire to serve, and encourages personal growth and enthusiasm for the Kingdom.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

In the next few years, we will no doubt see a wider variety of ministers who will address the province’s current needs, such as private daycares, new schools and clinics.

Our future is in the hands of the Lord. Formation, responsibility, and transparency will continue to be challenging in a society where corruption and disloyalty are common currency. Honest work and simple living will be among our priorities. We know there will be difficulties, but our hearts are filled with the Spirit of Thanksgiving because we trust that God and the Virgin Mary will guide us. We will continue to explore new missionary paths with unwavering faith.

Theresa Katongo, M.I.C.

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From 2018-07-07 to 2018-07-31

5th American Missionary Congress July 2018

What is the American Missionary Congress?
American: All Churches of the Americas are invited to participate, represented by Bishops, priests, religious and lay people of ecclesial movements and community leaders.  The Americas are made up of North, Central, South and the Caribbean Americas.

Missionary: Referring to the identity of the Church, its mission. This is completed through the proclamation of the Gospel and testimony to the Kingdom of God.

Congress: The meeting of people with a pre-established theme to exchange information, experiences, present development or new theories, identify situations, develop projects and make binding decisions.

Since 1977 these congresses have been held every four years in a different American country/city.  The Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States held a national Mission Congress in September 2017 in preparation for the international American Missionary Congress of July 2018.

From 2018-06-28 to 2018-07-27

Our dream for the mission

COMMUNION

With the Father, Son and Holy Spirit we want to live a family spirit that binds us in joy and in pain, where loneliness and insecurity find a safe  and warm place, where our pain and gifts are understood and accepted, where compassion abides. I succeed, we succeed; I fail, we fail; I rejoice, we rejoice! Then, our hearts filled with joy and confidence, we will with faith leave the familiar path and tread the unfamiliar, knowing our family surrounds us. A family that heeds our fears and recognises the seeds of the hidden treasure. It looks not on my accomplishments. It looks at my inner being

EVANGELIZATION

What better way of living the Good News within and across frontiers! It is our life that matters most, not what we can do. Despite the brokenness that we come with on this holy ground, a precious treasure awaits to be shared… the fullness of God`s love lies here. Within this treasure lies the richness of our being and the ability to share the Good News. To every age, people and nation our hearts want to reach, in every situation our hearts want to open, hearts wherein each oone of you has helped to sow seeds, seeds of hope, trust and acceptance This heart become whole again and again, become broken again and again… Yet God`s love abides always! From the ashes of our failures and hearts longings, the Lord creates anew. What better way of making Him known than to sing His goodness for ever with our life, with our being!

 

CHARISM

Thank you, Gracias, Merci, notre Père pour le cadeau de la vie Nous voulons donner notre vie pour la mission au service de ton peuple Aide-nous à rester fidèle à laisser nos cœurs se remplir de joie pour chanter sans cesse la chanson de l`amour Pour le monde avec notre vie, Pour gravir le sommet des collines et franchir les montagnes Nous grandissons ensemble dans l`amour en famille dans la fraternité Amen

MIC SCHOLASTICS…….our work brought into poetry and prayer