Celebrating the feast of St Dominic in Kabwe as sisters and brothers

The Dominican nuns in Kabwe celebrate the feast of St Dominic with the first Zambian Dominican Brother

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings and Blessings on the feast of our Holy Father Dominic. We pray and hope that you celebrated well.

It has been a joy for us here in Kabwe, Zambia, to celebrate it with the first Zambian Dominican priest, Rev. Fr. Clement Mweni. After his ordination to the priesthood on 30th July 2016 in the Catholic Diocese of Mansa- Zambia, and the many thanksgiving masses with family and friends, Fr. Clement arrived in our community in Kabwe on 8th August 2016 at 11.00.

As this was the first St. Dominic's feast graced by the presence of a Dominican priest since our arrival in Zambia, we began the Eucharistic celebration with sound of Music and great rejoicing. During his homily, Fr. Clement expressed his thanksgiving to God for the great gift of Priesthood and emphasized much on the need to die to self in the ordinary circumstances of life in order to give life to our brothers and sisters. He exalted us to be true to our vocation and fervent in prayer as our father Dominic was.

After the final blessings, the newly ordained priest laid his anointed hands on each nun as they humbly bowed to receive the long awaited blessing. The rest of the day until 23hrs was characterized by joyful moments of eating, sharing and receiving all those who came to wish us happy feast.

Fr. Clement left our house on 9th August 2016 and proceeded to Mpima to see the site of our future monastery after which he was to return to South Africa. We wish Fr. Clement blessings in his priestly ministry and pray that through the intercession of our Holy Father Dominic the Good Lord may grant him the grace to persevere in dying that all may have life. The same grace we ask for all of brothers and sisters in the Order.

God bless you all.

Sr. Joyce Gabriel op and the community


(11 August 2016)