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.