St John's, Bamenda, Cameroon
In the past days we have been grieving the loss of Athanasius Fambo Ndoh, our MEP student from Mankon, Bamenda, who died in Uganda after a short illness.
His body was brought home and last Friday 26th May he was biried at St John’s cemetery, Foncha street, near the Formation House. Athanasius received a solemn and dignified burial. The Requiem Mass was led by Bp George Nkuo of the diocese of Kumbo. The Mill Hill students led the singing forhte requiem mass. In attendance was a huge congregation from St John’s parish and Small Mankon where he grew up, prominent among them his foster parents, twin brother and likewise priests and religious. We, the Mill Hill family, were comforted by the huge support of prayers received from the Christians and the Church leadership.
Fr Richard Njoroge mhm
Letter of Condolence of the Arhcbishop of Bamenda:
I received with great sadness the news of the tragic death of Fambo Athanasius Ndoh, a member with Temporary Oath, of the Mill Hill Missionaries and a student of Theology on Missionary Experience Programme in Panyangara, Kotido Diocese in Uganda. This is certainly a big loss for the Mill Hill missionaries as well as his natural family. His death after a brief sickness while carrying out his missionary commitment reminds me of the many early members of the Mill Hill Missionaries who died very young while in active service in Cameroon. Today Athanasius joins this line of heroic missionaries. All the faithful of the Archdiocese of Bamenda join you to mourn his sudden and untimely demise. Accept our deep and prayerful condolences.
During this Season of Easter, we are celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ who tells us that he is the resurrection and the life, and that anyoné who believes in him, even though he dies, will live (Jn 11:25). St. Paul, in his First Letter to the Corinthians, reminds us of our faith in the resurrection of the dead (1 Cor. 15:1 ff). Our faith in the resurrection gives us the assurance that Athanasius will live in eternity in God!s Kingdom. It is our prayer that God may forgive his sins, reward him with eternal life and be your consolation and the consolation of all those who grieve over his departure.
I wish to assure you of my prayers for the repose of his soul and for the entire Mill Hill Family. May he rest in peace.
With prayerful best wishes, I remain,
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Cornelius Fontem Esua, archbishop of Bamenda