The Mission Hub


The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Celebrating 10 Years of HCA in Lusaka, Zambia

Recently, an email came in that was an education to us all; it showed what can be done with a lot of faith and and a lot of organization!

In communication with Fr. Bernard Makadani, the National Director for all four Pontifical Mission Societies in Zambia (http://www.pmszambia.org), we learned of a special event -- the 10th anniversary of Holy Childhood Association (HCA) participation in the Archdiocese of Lusaka, Zambia. Fr. Bernard as well as the teachers and catechists there are busy teaching their children that to be a Catholic is to be a missionary. It's spreading the Gospel to those around you, but it's also helping those who have never heard of Jesus come to know Him.

This lesson is very real to the children of Lusaka, members of an Archdiocese that is 50 years young -- they are still dependent on help from the Pontifical Mission Societies for parts of their daily life. And yet these children are learning, through their membership in HCA, that a Greater Story exists outside their own. And so, they came. Six thousand of them, dressed in the colors of the World Mission Rosary came to hear about the children of the different continents that their clothing represented. They came to hear what their own responsibilty was to all God's children to make sure that they have the opportunity to know that Jesus loves them.



Fr. Bernard himself describes the event best:

Greetings to you from Zambia.

On 12th September 2009, the Archdiocese of Lusaka celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Missionary Childhood in the Archdiocese, which herself is celebrating her golden Jubilee, 50 years of carrying the treasure of faith. We celebrated with joy, gratitude and hope the gift we received, the gift we continue to share: The gift of our Faith.

Thousands of children attended the event. The children filled the 6000 sitting capacity Cathedral of the Child Jesus as you can see from the pictures. The anniversary was a moment for the children to renew their commitment. They are indeed the treasurer of the Church. They love the church, accompany her, showing her the path of joyful generosity, giving her confidence and opening new paths for evangelization towards those who have not received the Good News.

The missionary childhood are showing the way: Children in Mission like St. Paul celebrating their 10th anniversary in the Golden Jubilee of the Archdiocese. I am very happy to be part of the Holy Childhood Association. Happy for being a missionary with them! Happy because the future is bright, it is in their hands! Another 50 years, we will certainly have a new, more missionary Church rooted in the lives of these children. The faith of the children is enriching the family of God with so much cheerfulness and creativity. Indeed in the Church is embracing them with gratitude.

Together, lets keep helping the children live and spread the gospel. Today, they must be missionaries at home, among their friends, at school, .... always ready and open to the horizons of the whole world.

The pastoral care to the children offers two services to the children. The first principle is missionary education and the second is the promotion of the missionary cooperation with children of the whole world. Through this children become principle agents of the pastoral missionary activity. They receive missionary education and acquire the missionary spirit.

May God bless all the missionary children, their animators and all those who support them and pray for them.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Bernard Makadani Zulu
PMS National Director - Zambia

http://www.pmszambia.org

Here in Boston, we have always been proud of the missionary spirit that has been fostered among us. May that Spirit continue to thrive among our children as it blossoms and grows in Zambia's children as well.

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