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SWIP Circular BK/25 January 24, 2018
VISITATION TO CHAD & CAMEROON
My dear Confreres, I had the great joy of visiting our Chad-Cameroon Mission from the 8th of January 2018 to the 21st of January 2018. Two of the Councilors, Frs. Roy Plathottathil and A. Jerome accompanied me. Frs. Aneesh Palathadathil and Innaci Muthu, who joined the mission in Chad and Cameroon, also travelled with us. We thank God for the wonderful experience of the missionary journey of a fortnight, which revealed to us the true joy of involving in challenging missionary commitment.
Chad-Cameroon Mission: Land of Joyful Missionary Commitment
One of the most enchanting aspects of my visitation to Chad- Cameroon Mission is the joyful service rendered by our Confreres in the mission. From the time of our arrival to the moment of our departure we were constantly accompanied and supported by the loving presence and cheerful availability of Fr. Manoj Arackal, the mission superior. So too all the members of our mission, namely, Frs. Sen Vellakada, Innocent Parfait, Emile Amougou, Giridhari Lakra, Marcel Dung Dung, Robin Thonikuzhy, Francis Ekka, Sujith Pallassery, Joshy Nellimalamattam and Abessiuguie Christoph, gave us the feel of the loving bond between Confreres through their affable warmth of relationship. Together with the Mission Superior and the Provincial Councillors I had the great privilege of visiting all our communities where our Confreres are rendering great service to the Church at large. I had the joy of meeting all our Fathers, regents and scholastics personally as well as in common.
On the 11th of January 2018 all the Confreres of the Chad Cameroon gathered together in Djalingo Mabanga, in the MSFS Seminary, for a day of colloquium. The colloquium was mainly focused on the evaluation of our religious and ministerial life. In the colloquium a thorough evaluation of the Action of the past year was made. The colloquium once again re-asserted its intent to raise the mission into a delegation. The colloquium also made a new action plan for the year 2018. Following are the Action Plan for the year 2018.
Action plan of Chad-Cameroon Mission 2018
Fr. Emile Amougou gives us a report of the inauguration and blessing:
More than thousand faithful and a local population gathered at the new
home of MSFS Seminary (Postulancy) Djalingo-Mabanga on Tuesday, January
13th, to celebrate the blessing of the recently built formation house.
Along with Rev. Fr Benny Koottanal, the Provincial, Fr Jerome and Fr Roy
the Provincial councillors, Rev Fr Achille, Procurator of the diocese and
personal representative of Mgr Emmanuel Abbo, bishop of Ngaoundere, dozens
of diocesans and religious priests, all the MSFS priests working in the
Chad-Cameroon Mission, several religious sisters and brothers, political
and traditional authorities, other guests, honoured the threefold articulations
of the joyful event: The Blessing and inauguration of the Seminary, the
Celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the fellowship meal. Blessing and
inauguration was done at 4pm during a prayer session presided over by Rev
Fr Benny, the Provincial. The Provincial invoked the Holy Spirit and
implored the motherly intercession of Mary, Mother of Compassion and Saint Francis de Sales in his Spirit of Compassion to befriend all on the way to salvation.
The Holy Mass was presided over by Rev. Fr Achille Pandeu, who represented Mgr Emmanuel Abbo, bishop of Ngaoundere. On behalf of the bishop, the main-celebrant thanked the MSFS congregation for their wonderful presence and missionary work in the diocese since 2003 and pleaded for more MSFS priests in the diocese. In the sermon, Rev Fr Benny, the Provincial, after thanking all those who made this beautiful building a reality, explained how important it is for the formation of the future priests from Chad- Cameroon. He addressed the seminarians exhorting them to prayer and service. Fr Giridhari Lakra gave vote of thanks on behalf of the Mission. Special gratitude and thunders of applause were raised for Rev. Fr James Manjackal msfs who financially supported the whole construction of the Seminary at Ngaoundere. The New Seminary stands as another great achievement of the MSFS Congregation blooming in the African soil. In the name of the whole province I too take this opportunity to thank Rev. Fr. James Manjackal for the yeomen financial support rendered for the construction of the seminary. God bless you Fr. James.
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