by Livinus Tal Bam
A series of fires broke out at the vicinity of the Bishop’s House in Kumbo, causing immense damage to property. Emanating from the usual dry-season fires that farmers use to raze land before cultivating on it, the fire was blown by the wind into a nearby carpentry workshop, situated quite near strategic diocesan offices.
“I prefer a thief to visit one’s home than fire”, one fire-fighter stated, “Because the thief will only take selected items and leave the rest with the structure intact. Sometimes, people can even chase the thief away and everything will be safe”. In the morning hours of Thursday February 8, the sympathetic inhabitants of Kumbo were not prepared for any strenuous exercise when they were roused from sleep by alarms of wild fire that echoed down from the hill where Bishop’s House is situated.
The alarm completely woke the drowsy people, who rushed to the hill with one purpose and intent – to fight it. The presence of the Divisional and Sub-Divisional Officers, the students of St Peter’s College, St Augustine College and GBHS Kumbo, all in their respective official wears bore down on the raging flames without a thought for their safety, their sole concern being to save that hill from the unimaginable loss that the diocese would have sustained. From 10.00am to about 1.00pm.
More than 500 people milled around the hill, ferrying water and whatever material such as soil, banana suckers, and wet leaves, which they judged would help abate the flames. As the crowd fought valiantly, a new inferno behind them almost loosened their resolve, as they turned in astonishment to helplessly watch the Diocesan Construction Department consumed by the up-to-now un-noticed flames, as the building burned to the ground. In the early hours of the afternoon that day, when the fire at the construction department had died down, the tired fire-fighters were again taken by surprise. Another fire broke out in the surroundings of the Calasanzian Community. Without further waste of time, the people were again transported to the site where they successfully put it
February 15, 2007
Livinus Tal Bam
Three young sisters of the Congregation of Tertiary Sisters of Saint Francis of Assisi made final profession last month on two separate occasions in the Diocese of Kumbo. The two ceremonies took place at Elak Parish in Oku and at Sacred Heart Parish of Shisong.
Two days after seeing Sr. Magdalene in front of the alter at Elak-Oku at her final profession into the congregation of the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi (TSSF), it was the turn of two other sisters at the Sacred Heart Parish of Shisong-Sr. Delphine Dzekahu who hails from Tobin Quasi Parish and Sr. Jeroline Maimo from Jakiri Parish, who took the challenge to give their whole lives to Christ on January 25, 2007.
Bishop Gorge Nkuo, in his homily, thanked God for His gift of consecrated life which continues to enrich, enliven and sustain the Church in its demanding journey by providing for the people once more, the gift of two religious Srs Jeroline and Delphine. With this gift to the church, Bishop George called on the newly professed to be witnesses of a life transfigured by the profession of the evangelical counsels, giving witness to love through chastity which makes the heart grow stronger, poverty which breaks down barriers and obedience which builds communion in the community, in the Church and in the world.
He cautioned them to lead a life of holiness, being persons in the world as “salt which has not lost its flavour, as light which does not cease to shine on everything around it and as a city set on a hill that draws people’s attention from afar. He reiterated that this is what the laity will expect from them and the church counts too on them in that regard. He warned them as religious to be careful in living a lie, adding that religious live a lie by not taking the vows they profess seriously, vying for individualism, scaring away from commitment and wanting independence. As expectations to the professed, the Bishop called on them to put the love for God first in their lives loving Him to their ability, being charitable, hardworking and loyal to their vocation no matter the difficulties they will encounter in this course.
The two newly consecrated vowed to always follow Christ, offering themselves like Mary and the Holy Father, St. Francis for the holy church and for the generous service of God’s people. With this oath, Delphine and Jeroline each received a ring of faith, the seal of the Holy Spirit to qualify each of them as a true bride of Christ. They also each received a crown which through their work will merit them to share in the suffering of Christ on earth and in his glory in heaven. The Congregation of the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi (TSSF) is International, founded as far back as September 12, 1700, with Mother House in Brixen and Central Office in Rome. The five pioneer sisters came to Cameroon on October 16, 1935 and settled in Shisong.
This was in response to the request of Mgr. Peter Rogan, the then Apostolic Prefect of British Cameroon. Today, the number of the sisters has risen to 279, living in 36 communities in the dioceses of Bafoussam, Bamenda, Buea, Edea, Douala, Garoua, Kumbo, Mamfe, Ngoundere, Yagoua and Yaounde in Cameroon, with objectives being to attend to health and educational needs of the people in order to foster integral evangelisation.
February 05, 2007
Papst Benedikt nimmt Amtsverzicht des Limburger Diözesanbischofs an
LIMBURG.- In einem feierlichen Gottesdienst im Limburger Dom hat sich Diözesanbischof Dr. Franz Kamphaus am Freitagmorgen, 2. Februar, von seinen Mitarbeitern verabschiedet. Kamphaus, der am selben Tag seinen 75. Geburtstag feierte, hatte Papst Benedikt XVI. gemäß kirchlichem Recht seinen Verzicht auf das Bischofsamt angeboten. Der Apostolische Nuntius, Erzbischof Dr. Erwin Josef Ender, der als Vertreter des Vatikans am Gottesdienst teilnahm, gab zum Abschluss des Festgottesdienstes bekannt, dass der Papst dieses Angebot angenommen hat und Bischof Kamphaus “in die Freiheit des so genannten Ruhestandes entlässt”.
Gleichzeitig dankte der Nuntius dem Bischof für seinen fast 25jährigen Dienst im Bistum Limburg: „Dein Wirken wird Spuren hinterlassen und deine Verkündigung in Wort und Schrift für viele auch in Zukunft Orientierung und Ermutigung sein. Wir hoffen, deine weisende und mahnende Stimme auch künftig noch zu hören.“ Mit lang anhaltendem Beifall bekräftigten die mehr als 1 000 Gottesdienstbesucher den Dank der Kirche an den Limburger Oberhirten.
Bild: Bischof Franz Kamphaus hielt seine letzte Predigt als Diözesanbischof
Kamphaus selbst dankte seinen Mitarbeitern für die Unterstützung in den vergangenen 25 Jahren und mahnte in seiner Predigt, an Christus festzuhalten: „Er ist das Licht der Welt! Wir brauchen keine fremden Energiequellen. Er ist die alternative Energie, die die Kirche erneuert. Bischöfe kommen und gehen: Christus bleibt!“
Unter den rund 1000 Gläubigen im Limburger Georgsdom waren auch der Kölner Kardinal Joachim Meisner, Kardinal Vinko Puljic (Sarajevo), Erzbischof Cornelius F. Esua (Kamerun) und der hessische Ministerpräsident Roland Koch.
Dem Gottesdienst schloss sich ein Empfang für die Mitarbeiter an, die ihrem Bischof spontan ein Geburtstagsständchen brachten. Am Abend folgte eine Pontifikalvesper im Dom, die im Hessischen Fernsehen und im Südwestrundfunk direkt übertragen wurde.