The Comboni missionaries present in Pietermaritzburg celebrated the gift of Saint Daniel Comboni together with the parishioners of Saint Joan of Arc and the Comboni friends of the area around Pietermaritzburg. Comboni died one hundred and thirty two years ago consumed by the many hardships he was going through at that time as well as by the persistent malaria
that eventually put an end to his life. Moments before he died he said to those around him that “his work would never die”.
Our community made of eleven students of theology coming from different African countries and four priests from two continents is a proof that the words of Comboni were true. It is these young students with many other young Africans that will continue to bring forward the ‘Comboni Charisma’ and make a reality the words of Comboni “save Africa with Africans.”
The celebration on Sunday 13 October was preceded by three days of prayer and reflection organized by our community with the participation of some friends. Our Eucharist was blessed by our benefactors and friends as well as by the Christians who are part of our parish. Fr. Paul Kambo the parish priest welcomed them all, as part of the Comboni Family inviting them to be inspired by the life of Saint Daniel Comboni who devoted his entire life to the service of the peoples of the Central African Vicariate made nowadays, by two countries namely: South Sudan and The Sudan.
After the celebration everybody was invited to share a meal prepared by the Christians of the parish helped by our students. We hope that example of Saint Daniel Comboni continue to inspire all of us who know about his passion for Africa so that this gift of God to us Comboni Missionaries may become indeed a gift to all the Church.