On January 17th the wonderfully international and youthful group of Mill Hill missionaries active in English speaking Cameroon came together for their annual assembly in the presence Fr Michael Corcoran General Superior and with the participation of Fons Eppink, Mill Hill correspondent.
Number of participants: 21.
Average age: 44
A few extracts from the report to the Assembly of Richard Njoroge mhm, Society Representative.
One of the highlights of last year was the celebration of our Society’s 150th Anniversary Jubilee at the global level. For us in Cameroon the Jubilee celebration was both well organized and beautifully celebrated. The celebration was more than an event. It was a process culminating in the peak celebration on the 2nd of June 2016 at the Big-Mankon Cathedral in Bamenda. On that occasion the Nuncio to Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon was the main celebrant, all the bishops of the various Dioceses we work in were present, with many religious groups and the lay faithful from the ecclesiastical province of Bamenda and beyond.
The active participation of the Local Church in the preparing of this jubilee goes to underscore the close collaboration our Mill Hill Society has with the Local Church and how much it is appreciated and esteemed due to the long-standing contribution it has made in the field of evangelization.
Last year we had the two ordinations of Ignatius Nshing and Emmanuel Nzenze Epie. Both are on mission now in Kotido Diocese, Uganda. This year there will be one ordination of Chrysantus Munu from Bambui Parish in the Archdiocese of Bamenda. His ordination date is 24th of February. He has been appointed to the Archdiocese of Kisumu in Kenya.
Though there have been a number of departures of members in Cameroon in the recent years, with our senior members going for retirement and others deployed to other missions, we are pleased that General Council has continued to appoint and to send new young members to continue with our mission in Cameroon. Four young members were appointed last year: Cyril Johnrose, Poulson Pasala and Michael Mandagiri from India and Lawrence Otieno from Kenya. This year Cosmas Ondari will join us from Kenya after his ordination.
The face of Mill Hill in Cameroon is changing fast with the arrival of energetic young men prepared to get involved in challenging environments.
Tiberius Vuni, Fons Eppink
The Society Assembly 2016 discussed an invitation by Bishop of Mamfe Diocese, Andrew Nkea, for our Mill Hill missionaries to return to the Diocese after our untimely departure in 2012.
After Easter this year our Mill Hill team serving in Funfuka, led by Tiberius Vuni mhm, will take over the pastoral ministry of Kembong Mission.
Urban Apostolate and ministry.
Archbishop Kleda of Douala is happy to welcome Mill Hill to the port city of Douala. We have indicated our desire to take up mission in the peripheries of the urban setup. The Archbishop cautioned us not to limit our outreach to the Anglophone speaking community as some missionary groups have done before.
Before starting a mission in the city, the Archbishop has invited Mill Hill to first send a team of members to work in a diocesan parish run by diocesan priests, to help our team to familiarize themselves with the pastoral structure and vision of the Archdiocese. We have set 2018 as the target year to start this new venture.
Richard Njoroge, mhm