Obituary Athanasius Ndoh Fambo (student)

It is with regret that we inform you of the death at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday 18th May 2017 in Nsambya Hospital, Uganda, at the age of 24, of

Athanasius Ndoh Fambo

May he rest in peace                      

Athanasius Ndoh Fambo was born on 28th June 1992 to Che Peter Fambo (R.I.P.) and Neh Florence Bujang (R.I.P.) in Mankon – Bamenda. His parents died when he was young and he, together with his twin brother, was brought up by an aunt and her husband. He joined the Basic Formation Programme in Bamenda in September 2010. On completion of First Cycle, he took the Temporary Oath to the Society on 19th March 2014 with nine other students at St. John’s Church, Bamenda. In the prior evaluation, the formators noted that Athanasius was a mature and well measured student, committed to all aspects of the formation programme and a good steward of the responsibilities entrusted to him.

In August 2014, he entered Second Cycle at St Joseph’s Formation Centre in Nairobi. His formators remarked that Athanasius was a peaceful, friendly, warm and gentle presence in the formation community. In August 2016, he began the Mission Experience Programme in Panyangara, Kotido Diocese. He worked hard to learn Akaramojong and adapted well to his new environment. He renewed his Temporary Oath on 18th March 2017.

Over a week ago, Athanasius complained that he was not feeling well. He tested positive for malaria and started treatment, and was kept under continual observation. When his condition did not improve, he was admitted to Matany Missionary Hospital in Moroto. His treatment continued and he showed signs of improvement. However, on Monday of this week, his condition deteriorated suddenly, and an emergency flight to Kampala was arranged. On arrival there, he was rushed to Nsambya Hospital. There tests showed that he had contracted bacterial meningitis, and he was immediately put on appropriate treatment. Although at first he showed signs of improvement, sadly, at 9:00 a.m. this morning, Thursday 18th May, he passed away.

The body of Athanasius has been taken into care in the funeral home and on Sunday will be repatriated to his native Cameroon for burial.

At the age of 24, Athanasius left us too quickly. Our prayers are with his brother and family, and with his fellow students and missionaries who mourn the loss of this kind and gentle man. May he rest in peace.


Posted by Fons Eppink on Thu 18th May, 2017 in Obituaries
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Fons Eppink Tue,23rd May at 9:41 pm (May 23)

Elvis Mbangsi, Nairobi Formation HOuse

Fare Thee Well
Once life begins at birth, the only thing we can be certain of about it is that it shall One Day die, or rather pass on to a new way of life. Because of this assurance of the reality of death, scholars have come to the conclusion that living is learning how to die. Often we get so caught up with different facets of life that the bell of death goes silence in our consciousness. The many unanswered questions which the death of our son, brother, friend, Athanasius has left us with are a perfect example of the silence of consciousness to the reality of death in us. The life of Athanasius was so good that each person who encountered him now questions “WHY”. On Thursday morning as the sad news of Athanasius’ death was spreading, I received many phone calls with questions that can only be answered by God. On our part we can only remember the good times we had with him and wish that his life could have lasted a little longer.
Since I first met Athanasius in 2009, when he was for pastoral experience in my home parish Fundong, and during my stay with him for two years in the Formation House in Foncha Street, Bamenda, the most outstanding and unwavering virtues of his are Peace and gentleness. Last year August as Athanasius was preparing to begin his journey to Karamoja for his Mission Experience, on his very last day in Cameroon, we spent the whole day together, during lunch, he said: “this is our last lunch together”. I added just for a short period of two years. Little did I know it was a last earthly lunch. Again, while I was explaining few things about Panyangara Parish where he was going and encouraging him, little did I know that it was my last time of seeing him. Exactly a week before his death, I spoke with him over the phone; his last words to me still echo “Mbangsi I am ok now”.
As Christians, Athanasius is calling each one of us by name and telling us “Although your heart may be broken, there's no need to weep for me, for I'm OK now. I am in a wonderful place now, happy and so carefree. I had to go. I've left behind Good memories to comfort you. Concentrate on the good times we had and feel not so blue. For one day we'll be together again, you’ll be so glad to see me again; it will seem I was gone just one day. So try to lift up your heads now and dare to set grief aside because I'll be waiting here for you to welcome you to this other side of life. It is from that the first preface of Christians death that “for God’s faithful people life is changed and not ended” as quoted by Fr. Jakob this morning as we celebrated the requiem mass of Athanasius here in Nairobi formation house makes meaning to me. Fare thee well my brother and friend.

Elvis Mbangsi, Nairobi Formation House

Fons Eppink Mon,22nd May at 11:33 pm (May 22)

Emmanuel Mbeh writes:

Mon petit frere,
Your untimely death has left us near despair.
So undoubtably promising, courageous and daring.
No doctor, or medicine, no prayer or screaming could bring you back.
All who know or don't know you are heartbroken.

Death! We see you sting and are tempted to despair!
Death would not spare you young and vibrant as you are!

I see you at once timid and daring in your vocation!
I see you with the same passion and enthusiasm I had when I was in Panyangara!
Passion for mission, for prayer, for pastoral outreach, for the kingdom of God, the the suffering.
You shine and radiate for and with the Karimojong people as I did and wrote about - "A Pastoral approach for Karimojong Girls".

Your death brought tears that choke our joy in the risen Lord alive and active to and among us.

Your predicament is splashing us with the poem of Henry Nouwen that:
"Our life is a short time of expectation, a time in which sadness and joy kiss each other at every moment. There is a quality of sadness that pervades all moments of our lives. It seems that there is no such thing as clear-cut pure joy, but that even in the most happy moments of our existence we sense a tinge of sadness. In every satisfaction there is an awareness of limitation. In every success, there is the fear of jealousy. Behind every smile, there is a tear. In every embrace, there is loneliness. In every friendship, distance. And in all forms of light, there is the knowledge of surrounding darkness... but this intimate experience in which every bit of life is touched by a bit of death, can point us beyond the limits of our existence. It can do so by making us look forward in expectation to the day when our hearts will be filled with perfect joy, a joy that no one shall take away from us."
Rest In Peace brother, keep smiling at us and praying for us...
(Emmanuel Mbeh).

Paolo Faedda Fri,19th May at 6:59 pm (May 19)

Muore giovane chi al Cielo è caro.RIP

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