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Éditorial de la Lettre aux Amis du mois de mars 2023


Freddy Kyombo, M.Afr

Le bonheur et la paix nous parviennent à travers les autres grâce au bon climat de vie que nous créons autour de nous. C’est pourquoi les Missionnaires d’Afrique ayant le privilège de gérer un patrimoine spirituel historique, la maison Sainte-Anne de Jérusalem, offrent l’opportunité aux congrégations religieuses et aux diocèses de bénéficier des sessions et retraites spirituelles qu’ils organisent tous les ans en français et en anglais. Les témoignages de l’abbé Adrien Édouard et du père Luc Kola montrent que le bonheur se trouve aussi dans les moments spirituels que l’on partage. 

Chers amis, vous êtes passés à l’action, en comblant de joie et en créant de bonnes conditions d’existence pour les mères et les enfants de Nioro du Sahel grâce à votre participation au projet 67 de juin 2022. C’est pourquoi le père Vincent Kiye a demandé à Dieu de vous bénir en bénissant le travail de vos mains dont vous avez consenti à partager le fruit. C’est votre façon active de participer à la mission d’évangélisation qui passe aussi par le développement de l’être humain. Les jeunes de la paroisse Saint-Thomas d’Ibadan verront aussi leurs nuits s’éclairer grâce à votre action missionnaire quand vous participerez à leur projet de panneaux solaires. 

À l’instar du cardinal Richard Kuuia Baawobr qui nous a quittés, le missionnaire se donne entièrement dans la joie et aussi dans la souffrance, à la suite de Jésus. Le père Ha-Jo Lohre, missionnaire au Mali, qui est jusqu’à maintenant entre les mains de ravisseurs inconnus, ne peut compter que sur le Seigneur et les prières de nous tous pour garder en son cœur ce bonheur du don de soi. Passons à l’action priante avec cette prière que nous vous proposons dans ce numéro, pour sa libération. 

Alors, chers amis, nourris par notre espérance et notre aspiration au bonheur demeurons résolument dans la perspective d’une bonne année 2023.

Freddy Kyombo Senga, MAfr

Lien : Lettre aux Amis, numéro 60 de mars 2023  

Source : Les Missionnaires d’Afrique du Canada


Happiness and peace come to us through others thanks to the good climate of life that we create around us. This is why the Missionaries of Africa, having the privilege of managing a historical spiritual patrimony, Saint Anne’s house in Jerusalem, offer the opportunity to religious congregations and dioceses to benefit from the sessions and spiritual retreats that they organize every year in French and English. The testimonies of Father Adrien Édouard and Father Luc Kola show that happiness is also found in the spiritual moments that we share. 

Dear friends, you have taken action, filling with joy and creating good living conditions for the mothers and children of Nioro in Mali thanks to your participation in the project 67 of June 2022. This is why Father Vincent Kiye has asked God to bless you by blessing the work of your hands whose fruit you have accepted to share. It is your active way of participating in the mission of evangelization which also passes through the development of the human being. The young people of Saint Thomas Parish in Ibadan will also see their nights light up thanks to your missionary action when you participate in their solar panels project.

Like Cardinal Richard Kuuia Baawobr who left us, the missionary gives himself entirely in joy and also in suffering, following Jesus. Father Ha-Jo Lohre, a missionary in Mali, who is until now in the hands of unknown kidnappers, can only count on the Lord and the prayers of all of us to keep this happiness of self-giving in his heart. Let us take prayerful action with this prayer that we offer you in this issue, for his release.

So, dear friends, nourished by our hope and our aspiration for happiness, let us remain confident for the future.

Freddy Kyombo Senga, MAfr

Link: Letter to Our Friends

Source: Missionaries of Africa – Canada

Seek earnestly the greatest gifts (1Cor 12.31)

The magazine « Letter to our Friends » has had a facelift. The year 2022 marks a new stage in our desire to seize new opportunities in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Missionaries of Africa in Canada, like you and the rest of humanity, are wondering about the future of our society, of our world.

Fatjer Robbin Simbeye in Tunisia

The earth continues to turn and so do we. Instead of turning on ourselves, like a whirlwind, our gaze is pointed towards other horizons. In this issue of The Letter to Friends we will go to Tunisia to meet an exceptional community made up of Christians and Muslims where ecumenism and religious dialogue are lived daily with respect for all.

Artistic expression is an extraordinary way to illustrate the precious gift of love. It is a collective wealth of almost infinite variety. The African world present in our country now has a place to disseminate this wealth. The Afromusée (see on page 6) will build new bridges towards the recognition and enhancement of the history of Afro-descendants, which dates back more than three centuries in Canada.

Sculpture by James Samikwa from Malawi

African art is inspired and inspiring. On the cover page and on page 7, you will notice an exceptional image of Christ; a sculpture by James Samikwa from Malawi. The finesse of the details illustrates the cosmic power par excellence of the healing Christ.

The gift of hope is also to be sought constantly. Read the extraordinary struggle of Sister Marie Stella from Togo. This same hope is celebrated on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Basilica of Our Lady of Africa located in Algiers. Once again, this historic gift builds bridges between religions. This sanctuary promotes dialogue and sharing between Christians and Muslims. The same is true from an intellectual point of view with the creation of a new bilingual magazine focusing on Islamic-Christian studies in Africa.

The spiritual gift that we received from our founder, Cardinal Lavigerie leads us to be sensitive to the realities of today’s world and to dare to constantly modify or reassess our mission.

It is in this respect that the encyclical of Pope Francis entitled Fratelli Tutti is particularly significant for us. Despite the numerous confinements, a consequence of the spread of Covid-19, we insist on building bridges.

Finally, we propose today to support a commendable initiative for the protection of albinos in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A lot of effort and ardor have been invested in this project, which has already made it possible to restore dignity to many people who have been discriminated against.

Let us persist together in earnestly seeking the greatest gifts.

Fr Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr