Missionary Witness

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes"
Romans 1:16

Fr. Donald Maripe Magoma mccj

Dr Emmanuel Taban, Pulmonologist

"To be with Him and to be sent out"
The Late Fr. Alwyn Zothansanga msfs

Homily at the Requiem Mass
of Fr. Alwyn Zonthansanga
28 January 2021

To be with him and to be sent out
Season of light - Fr. Alwyn Zonthansanga

WITNESS: Br. Paulo Felix Ferreira mccj

Witness – Br Paulo

Sc. Benjosef Carlos Raposa, MCCJ

I have always looked up to our Mother Mary as a model of faith. I imagined how tough it was for her to have made the choice of saying ‘yes’ to God’s plan, even if it would have meant death for her under the Jewish laws. Then I felt that invitation to me as I went through high school and the university, even as I went on to become a local NGO worker in the slums of the Philippines capital, Manila. I felt the call to go ‘farther into the deep’ even as I read the Comboni Missionary magazine called World Mission which month after month enthralled me, until I sought to answer an invitation for a search within. Following a year of discernment, I decided to enter the Comboni Missionaries. It never was an easy road, but I have always thanked the grace of God, for the inspiration of St. Daniel Comboni, and the countless simple souls I have met along this journey – for whom I have been dedicating this pilgrimage. Saying “yes” to this vocation ripped me from my comfort zones, exposing me to countries and cultures which I never have imagined to encounter, nor have I imagined with whom I was to share mine. Yet for all this I can only be thankful for. “Here I am – Send me” – From the slums of Manila, to the mountains of Mexico and now into the hinterlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, I only have gratitude for the wondrous journey the Lord has accompanied me. With all the joy in my heart, I continue to respond to the Lord, even amidst this Pandemic, and cooperate the best way I can to work in the vineyard of the Master,

Br. Benjosef Carlos Raposa, MCCJ, 3rd Year Theology,

Scholasticate, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

I have always looked up to our Mother Mary as a model of faith. I imagined how tough it was for her to have made the choice of saying ‘yes’ to God’s plan, even if it would have meant death for her under the Jewish laws. Then I felt that invitation to me as I went through high school and the university, even as I went on to become a local NGO worker in the slums of the Philippines capital, Manila. I felt the call to go ‘farther into the deep’ even as I read the Comboni Missionary magazine called World Mission which month after month enthralled me, until I sought to answer an invitation for a search within. Following a year of discernment, I decided to enter the Comboni Missionaries. It never was an easy road, but I have always thanked the grace of God, for the inspiration of St. Daniel Comboni, and the countless simple souls I have met along this journey – for whom I have been dedicating this pilgrimage. Saying “yes” to this vocation ripped me from my comfort zones, exposing me to countries and cultures which I never have imagined to encounter, nor have I imagined with whom I was to share mine. Yet for all this I can only be thankful for. “Here I am – Send me” – From the slums of Manila, to the mountains of Mexico and now into the hinterlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, I only have gratitude for the wondrous journey the Lord has accompanied me. With all the joy in my heart, I continue to respond to the Lord, even amidst this Pandemic, and cooperate the best way I can to work in the vineyard of the Master,

Br. Benjosef Carlos Raposa, MCCJ, 3rd Year Theology,

Scholasticate, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Bishop Jose Luis Ponce de Leon IMC

When – a year ago – Pope Francis called the Church to celebrate an Extraordinary Missionary Month we welcomed it joyfully in the Kingdom of Eswatini and decided to extend it for the whole year.

That decision was indeed Providential as “the Church called to go forth” suddenly found herself preaching: “stay home”.

Soon, though, we became aware that COVID19 could have changed the context in which we were living but not our call. We remain “baptised and sent” and therefore we all stood up once again saying: “Here I am Lord, send me” in new creative ways:

  • a small choir together, members of our sodalities and priests made themselves available for Sunday celebrations on YouTube;
  • our youth started awareness campaigns on COVID19 in the rural areas, among the most vulnerable in the country;
  • nurses made themselves available in the different parishes to lead or support the “COVID19 teams” making sure everyone is protected;
  • a team of lay people and priests started offering short daily podcasts of prayer and reflection based on the daily readings. Over a thousand people registered on WhatsApp to receive them;
  • radios were provided to families who had none so that government’s message regarding COVID19 would reach them but also children would be able to continue studying from home;
  • and, of course, we continuously look for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), food parcels for those risking hunger and the provision of water in areas where rain is scarce.

We all became to each other a source of hope, strength and love in this turbulent times. As Pope Francis says in his message, we became – in new ways – witnesses to God’s love, deliverance from sin and death, his liberation from evil.

+ José Luis Ponce de León IMC
Bishop of Manzini, eSwatini (Swaziland)

 

When – a year ago – Pope Francis called the Church to celebrate an Extraordinary Missionary Month we welcomed it joyfully in the Kingdom of Eswatini and decided to extend it for the whole year.

That decision was indeed Providential as “the Church called to go forth” suddenly found herself preaching: “stay home”.

Soon, though, we became aware that COVID19 could have changed the context in which we were living but not our call. We remain “baptised and sent” and therefore we all stood up once again saying: “Here I am Lord, send me” in new creative ways:

  • a small choir together, members of our sodalities and priests made themselves available for Sunday celebrations on YouTube;
  • our youth started awareness campaigns on COVID19 in the rural areas, among the most vulnerable in the country;
  • nurses made themselves available in the different parishes to lead or support the “COVID19 teams” making sure everyone is protected;
  • a team of lay people and priests started offering short daily podcasts of prayer and reflection based on the daily readings. Over a thousand people registered on WhatsApp to receive them;
  • radios were provided to families who had none so that government’s message regarding COVID19 would reach them but also children would be able to continue studying from home;
  • and, of course, we continuously look for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), food parcels for those risking hunger and the provision of water in areas where rain is scarce.

We all became to each other a source of hope, strength and love in this turbulent times. As Pope Francis says in his message, we became – in new ways – witnesses to God’s love, deliverance from sin and death, his liberation from evil.

 

+ José Luis Ponce de León IMC
Bishop of Manzini, eSwatini (Swaziland)

 

Mr James McBride

My name is James McBride, I am a lay person, married for 54 years to Anne; we have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

My Grandmother introduced me to Our Loving Father, she would take me to Benediction and Mass on Sundays, later on I could go to mass by myself, and afterwards I would be quizzed with, “were you at Mass?”, “who was the priest?”, “what colour were his vestments?”” who were the altar boys?”(no girls in those days ). Granny was always involved in the Church and me too. (Thanks Granny! )

“God made me to Know Him, to Love Him, to Serve Him, and to be with Him forever in heaven”.

Our Parents introduce us to God, but only when we take full responsibility for our relationship with God, that we are a member of the Body of Christ, the Family of God do we discover the beautiful gift God has given us to be help bring about his Kingdom here on Earth. To love Him is so easy when we grasp that he loves us totally, unconditionally, so much so he sent His only Son to show us the way back to our Loving Father.

To serve Him begins with realizing that every day we must show the face of His Son, Jesus, to our neighbour and no matter what, when we say: “Here I am Lord – Send me”, He holds our hand and walks with us, loving us and guiding us.

For the last 35 years I have been involved in teaching Catechism, and my loving Father has taught me so much of His loving nature, I can’t wait to go back to Him and live in love for all eternity!  Quite a statement for a sinner!

My name is James McBride, I am a lay person, married for 54 years to Anne; we have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

My Grandmother introduced me to Our Loving Father, she would take me to Benediction and Mass on Sundays, later on I could go to mass by myself, and afterwards I would be quizzed with, “were you at Mass?”, “who was the priest?”, “what colour were his vestments?”” who were the altar boys?”(no girls in those days ). Granny was always involved in the Church and me too. (Thanks Granny! )

“God made me to Know Him, to Love Him, to Serve Him, and to be with Him forever in heaven”.

Our Parents introduce us to God, but only when we take full responsibility for our relationship with God, that we are a member of the Body of Christ, the Family of God do we discover the beautiful gift God has given us to be help bring about his Kingdom here on Earth. To love Him is so easy when we grasp that he loves us totally, unconditionally, so much so he sent His only Son to show us the way back to our Loving Father.

To serve Him begins with realizing that every day we must show the face of His Son, Jesus, to our neighbour and no matter what, when we say: “Here I am Lord – Send me”, He holds our hand and walks with us, loving us and guiding us.

For the last 35 years I have been involved in teaching Catechism, and my loving Father has taught me so much of His loving nature, I can’t wait to go back to Him and live in love for all eternity!  Quite a statement for a sinner!