The Delegation of South Africa/Eswatini was graced by the visit of the Continental Councilor of Africa, Fr. Godfrey Msumange Imc. Fr. Godfrey spend 10 days of his visit going around our communities and meeting the missionaries and parishioners where possible. The canonical visitation was also meant to visit the new parishes that we have recently assumed.
Fr. Godfrey Msumnage started with Daveyton community then moved to Tembisa where he visited St. Matthews, Emmanuel, and Moya parishes. These parishes are under Fr. Gabriel Kwedho Imc and Fr. Benedict Msigwa Imc. Present too was Fr. Francis Onyango Imc. Fr. Godfrey had the occasion of greeting the parishioners of Tembisa, giving them an overview about our missionaries and missions in the continent of Africa.
He then visited Dennilton Pastoral district, (Our Lady of Lourdes), which is under the pastoral care of Fr. Samuel Mathenge Imc. Dennilton is also served by two religious’ sisters of the congregation of the sisters of Charity of Ottawa. He visited two other outstations in this area. This mission has 11 churches. After Dennilton, he proceeded to Kwaggafontein which is more or less 35 minutes’ drive from Dennilton. Kwaggafontein is also a pastoral district officially known as Mkobola Pastoral District. This mission is served by Fr. John Kapule Imc. He then visited Fr. Daniel Kivuw’a in Queenswood and after he visited Manzini community in Eswatini. He then proceeded to Merrivale community, visiting Fr. Didier Sunda at St. Martin de Porres Parish, Woodlands. He had the occasion of celebrating Mass and animating the parishioners on matters of our missionary reality in the Continent.
Our delegation assembly was on the 24th January at Merrivale Seminary. We used the occasion to meet and enjoin the seminarians in the Assembly. Fr. Godfrey updated the missionaries on matters of the congregation globally and Africa in Particular. The continental councilor gave an enriching encouragement to the missionaries present and challenged them in areas that are important for our communities and missions at large.
By Fr Nathaniel Kagwima