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Farewell of the MSOLA Sisters – Regiment Parish, Lusaka, Zambia.

Dear Readers,
The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa are leaving Zambia after 115 years – but they are leaving their work in good hands. Read this ‘Last Post’ about their ministry in Zambia, and see how God’s work has been done by these women in their international communities and how it continues in the hands of local sisters and lay people, MMB

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farewell-zambia-feb-2017-22bA farewell Mass was celebrated at Regiment Parish on Sunday, February 12, 2017, to honour the  (MSOLA). Two Bishops were present, namely the Auxiliary Bishop of Chipata, Tr. Rev Benjamin S. Phiri and Bishop of Kabwe, Tr. Rev Justin Mulenga together with the Archbishop of Lusaka, Most Rev Thelesphore-George Mpundu. Many Sisters of four Congregations, namely the Sisters of the Child Jesus, the Theresian sisters, the Daughters of the Redeemer and the Bethany Sisters were also present to thank them for the help and formation the MSOLA provided when they were established, like the Theresian Sisters in 1927.

100-years-in-zambia-msolabWere honoured: Sisters Marie-Ange Ndayishimiye, Vickness Nangogo Muleya, Flora Ridder, Victoire Niyonzima and Revocate Kabahuma.

This was the last chapter not written in a book published in 2002 to commemorate 100 years of the MSOLA in Zambia. Altogether, they have been in this country for 115 years. See below presentation of the…

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by | February 15, 2017 · 17:05

Interruption: Theology of an Easter Tree

We’ll let the readers think up their own Tree of Life theories. WT

N A I Billingsley

You may wonder at the words above belonging together. In my experience ‘Easter Tree’ alone tends to be met with blank looks, never mind a theology thereof.

I grew up with the tradition of an Easter tree because my parents discovered it in Switzerland when visiting my uncle who was working there at the time, before I was born.

It basically a vase of spring twigs, decorated with wooden eggs, chicks and other Easter decorations. I put mine together on Tuesday upon returning to Chichester after the Easter weekend:

I’m not aware of the origins of this tradition, or whether there is any particular theology behind it, though I daresay the world wide web offers a few possible answers. As with its cousin the Christmas tree, this may be more a secular than a religious tradition, but similarly, there is plenty of potential to read theological meaning into it — most…

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by | March 31, 2016 · 21:05

Palm Sunday in the Philippines, Lumimba (Zambia) and Sussundenga (Mozambique) – March 2015

Another post to remind Deacon Eliam and Friar Deusdedit of Zambia. Bon Voyage to them on their way home, and to Friar Raymond going to Kenya.

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Palm Sunday 2015Various Palm celebrations presided by our confreres within our SAP Province and abroad, in the Philippines.

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by | March 20, 2016 · 18:40