SIP Impulse october 2021:MISSION AS RESPONDING TO CURRENT NEW TRENDS IN FAITH: DEEP CATECHESIS IS A MUST
Fr. Steven Kamanga SIP, Diocese of Mangochi, Malawi)
The Bible contains various insights that indicate the value and importance it gives to catechesis. The first insight of catechesis in the Bible is the mystery of God’s self-revelation to humanity. This divine personal disclosure and call to divine communion happened in time and human history. The Bible reports it very well beginning with creation of the first human beings, unfolded in the history of Israel and reached completion in the person and mission of Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:3-14). This flow of events depicting God revealing Himself to his creatures is catechetical since it introduces man to faith in his Creator and calls upon him to echo the same revelation to other creatures in the practice of the received faith.
Fr. Godina A. Chinkanda, SIP Diocese of Dedza, Malawi
Since the out break of the pandemic of covid -19 in 2020, our lives have changed a lot; so much so that we are not going to be the same again. We wear masks even in the shops and banks, which called for alarm some years back when people were seen wearing masks and tried to enter these places. However, something positive has come up with this pandemic, which has called for the need of community life.
Fr. Gerard Ndemino, SIP Moshi, Tanzania
To begin with, please do not be mislead by the title. Both denote the same Person: the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. With this title however I just want to describe what God did in the Diocese of Moshi Tanzania some years back.
In an “IMPULSE” I wrote earlier for the SIP I commented “I feel strongly that the Holy Spirit is behind all this.” In this IMPULSE I still feel even more strongly God’s providence through the Work of the Holy Spirit.
An area in the northern part of Tanzania now known as the Moshi Diocese was evangelized by the Holy Ghost Fathers Congregation. When the Diocese was created in 1953 its first Bishop was Joseph Byrne a member of the Holy Ghost Fathers. It’s second Bishop, Joseph Kilasara, was also a member of the Holy Ghost Fathers.
Bishop Kilasara began his priestly ministry as a Diocesan priest. Later he joined the Holy Ghost Fathers (CSSp). He was ordained Bishop of Moshi in 1960. Kilasara was a man of education. He did all he could to make sure young people from his diocese have access to good education; higher education of any kind. He sent many young people to various institutions within and outside of Tanzania.
When in Rome for Vatican II Bishop Kilasara decide to go to Germany to visit students from the Moshi Diocese who were studying in Germany. Some of these students were staying at Mamolshain where Fr. Bendel also resided. So PROVIDENTIALLY the two met in 1962.
From their meeting, eventually the Work of the Holy Spirit came to the Moshi Diocese. Bishop Kilasara retired late in 1966 and God called him to eternal rest in late in 1978.
As Bishop of Moshi and later as Bishop Emerirus he cooperated very much with Fr. Bendel to make sure that the OSS took strong roots in Moshi. He encouraged many young people to join the OSS in all its communities. Among the young people he encouraged in their studies and vocation to the priesthood is Ludovick Joseph Minde to mention but one.
I mention him particularly because many years later Ludovick Joseph Minde became Bishop of the Kahama Diocese. Later he was transferred to Moshi. On the 19th of March 2020 Bishop Ludovick Joseph Minde ALCP / OSS was installed as the Bishop of Moshi.
As a seminarian Ludovick Josph was very much encouraged to pursue his priestly vocation by Bishop Kilasara who was then EMERITUS (retired Bishop).
This is the meaning of the title. A Holy Ghost Bishop has eventually been succeeded by a Bishop from the OSS (Work of the Holy Spirit). I feel even more strongly God`s PROVIDENCE.
Assuming that Bishop Kilasara from Tanzania has met with Fr. Bernard Bendel from Germany in heaven, can you imagine what they are talking about?
The Work of the Holy Spirit has done extremely well in Moshi and beyond. We in the SIP, though few, are very grateful to GOD for his PROVIDENCE.
God bless you and thank you very much for your contribution.
Manfred Badum, SIP Germany
In the last few months I have been working again and again in the so-called Opus Archive in Königstein-Mammolshain. Rector Karl-Wilhelm Bruno had started this archive in his house. From his time as International Rector of the Opus there were numerous documents, but also personal letters and records and slides. Also from the time of Rectors Jim McCormick and Tom Flanagan there were the minutes of the International Leader Team, the list of finances, letters to the regions or also to bishops, as well as numerous drafts and changes for the statutes;.also circular letters from Bernhard Bendel. Not everything was well sorted, and some things will not be needed in the future. I noticed that the rectors worked a lot for the communities, through contacts on their travels, correspondence by letter or email, organizing the school of life or retreats, applying for grants for various groups, helping with problems and much more; they also wrote the annual retreats, Father Tom additionally wrote the impulses. A lot of work that is really to be appreciated!
Pray with Acts 2: 1-13
Fr. Tom Flanagan
The spirituality of the Opus Spiritus Sancti emphasizes two aspects of the life of Christ: the Incarnation and Easter-Pentecost. Just a few weeks ago we celebrated Easter and on May 23 we will celebrate Pentecost. As human beings we are bound by the laws of time and space. Therefore, we separate the death of Jesus, his resurrection, the Ascension, and the sending of the Spirit into four different chronological events. We celebrate each one of them in the Church in their own unique liturgies. Yet, from a theological perspective, all four of these events are part of the one Paschal mystery. In our Opus spirituality we celebrate Easter and Pentecost as two events, though we combine them as one pillar of our spirituality.
Jesus’ resurrection is the central event of salvation history. Jesus’ rising from the dead is God’s stamp of approval on his life. What a joy for us to celebrate the good news that sin and death are overcome. Now our lives have a whole new meaning. But the Resurrection is not the end of the story! Jesus also shares the Holy Spirit with us. We celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Mary, the Apostles, and all of us at Pentecost.