Friday, January 22, 2016
On Sunday January 3, 2016, Fr. John Baptist Keraryo Opargiw, secretary general of Formation, presided over the ceremony for the official opening and blessing of the new premises of the Vocations and Mission Promotion Centre at Kalikiliki in the eastern outskirts of Lusaka City in Zambia.The ceremony was attended by Fr. Enrico Colleoni, vice provincial superior of Malawi/Zambia, all the confreres in the Lusaka area and the Comboni Sisters. Present for the occasion was also the parish priest of St. Augustine Catholic Parish, Kalikiliki, with a small group of Christians.
In his homily, Fr. John Baptist encouraged the confreres of the new community to become a cenacle of Apostles capable of living a deep communion, welcoming the youth and accompanying them in their vocational discernment. Fr. Enrico, in his introductory speech, reiterated the value of community life.
The purpose of the new community, whose members are Fr. Theophile Bessan and Bro. Cyprien Adigbo Komlan, is three-fold: vocations promotion, mission promotion and hospitality to confreres. Originally, the plot on which the new house has been built was bought and intended as a possible site for a new inserted scholasticate in the periphery of Lusaka. However this did not materialize and the Province decided to use the place as a multi-purpose Mission Centre.