News from the Provincial Vicariate of Angola

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The Vicar Provincial of the Vicariate of Angola, fr Miguel Chacachama has given us some news on the situation of the country and the vicariate.

The Socio-Political Situation of the Country: Angola exhibits a quiet social, political and religious climate. The most important problem that is facing the country at this time (which is also that of every human being), is the struggle to bring about social and political peace based on the assertion of human rights and justice. After the end of the war, the challenges are significant and the responsibility for rebuilding the country belongs to all and Dominican friars are no exception.

Canonical Visitation: On the 18th of February 2014, we received the visit of our Provincial, the Provincial of the Province of Portugal, fr Pedro Fernandes who elected at the Provincial Chapter of September 2013. He has decided to start his canonical visitations with the Vicariate of Angola. From 27 February to 6 March, he visited the brothers in the three communities of the Vicariate, including: St. Thomas in Luanda, Saint Dominic in Waku-Kungu (the mother house, which welcomed the Dominicans in 1982) and the Community of St. Albert the Great, Viana, Luanda which is the headquarters of the Cultural Centre Mosaiko. On March 7, he met with the Vicariate Council to share with them the fruits of his visitation. We thank him for this gracious gesture that reflects the desire to see that children are well taken care of and that they grow up properly under the wings of their mother.

Blessing of A New Convent: On the 19th of February, after a short visit to the local Bishop and a brief meeting with the Dominican family and friends, the Provincial proceeded to the blessing of our new convent in Luanda. This is a three-story building with about 40 rooms that will accommodate the brothers in formation during the study of theology and the postulants. The ceremony began with the blessing of the chapel. In his homily, Brother Pedro Fernandes reminded the brothers of the importance of each individual brother and his identity. Since 2013, the Vicariate has been responsible for the formation of its brothers coming back from South Africa where they had earlier been formed. The mini-Assembly of the Vicariate of 2010 had decided to withdraw the brothers and pursue theological education at the Catholic University of Angola.

Priestly Ordination of fr Marmiliano: On the 20th of February 2014, the Provincial and a group of brothers set off for Lubango in southern Angola for the ordination of Brother Marmiliano Kayse Naufila. The ordination took place on 22 February at 10:00. His Grace, Rt. Rev Gabriel Mbilingi, the archbishop of the diocese presided over the Mass and conferred priestly ordination on our brother. Several brothers and many priests of the diocese took part in this celebration. Brother Marmiliano completed his novitiate in Kisumu, Kenya and studied theology in South Africa. Hence the presence of fr Martin Badenhorst, OP, and of a lay Dominican from South Africa at this ordination.

Visit to the Nuns: On 21 February, the Provincial accompanied by the Vicar and  another  brother  visited  the  Dominican  nuns  of  Benguela  and  on  28 February, those of Kuito, in south-central Angola.

We thank the Master of the Order, all entities of the Order and friends who helped us financially to realize the dream of the new house. I conclude by offering to all our best wishes for health and success in the mission of the Order as we move towards Jubilee 800 in 2016.

fr. Miguel Chacachama, op.

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(27 March 2014)