THE VISIT OF THE PROVINCIAL TO OUR COMMUNITY ON 14 NOVEMBER 2013
On 14th of November, “so much joy has been seen in the eyes of the sons of Don Bosco at Makeni novitiate” as they welcomed their Father and Provincial, Fr George Chalissery. His presence alone was enough to quench away their thirst, caused by their physical work and activities of that day. Though it was only for a night, but his presence was so exceedingly felt, as he brought blessings, joy and smiles on the faces of everyone, especially the novices.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FATHER CHRIS!
30th of October was a joyful day for the Novitiate Community. It has celebrated the 54th Birthday of its Father, Teacher and Friend, Fr Christopher Rychcik, the Rector of the Community and Director of Novices. The Novices were fully responsive of this day of their Master, as they had time to prepare themselves to make it very colorful. The celebration began in the morning with the celebration of the Mass and prayers for the jubilant, preceded by making some decorations in the house.
During breakfast, the birthday song was sung with great joy and love, and brought a lot of cheerfulness on the father’s face, expressed in a big smile and in saying “thank you very much” to his sons, whom God has entrusted under his care. Then we had a nice celebration in the evening, in attendance were the Provincial Fr George Chalisery, Fr Malama, Fr Antonio from Chawama Community, Fr Chisanga, Fr Andrew, Br Gabriel and Br Joseph from Bauleni Community and Fr Chester from Lufubu Community. It was a fraternal atmosphere, seeing the sons of Don Bosco gathered together and celebrate the life of their brother as they whispered to him, “your presence is needed here.”
The community thanked God for the gift of Fr Chris Rychcik, and prayed that the Almighty God might grant him strong faith and strength as he continues to accompany the Novices to entrust themselves completely to their Lord, Jesus Christ.
WE ARE BROTHERS ON THE ROAD
The 24th of October is a big day for all the Zambians, as they celebrate their independence day and remember the souls of their Fathers, Mothers, Brothers and Sisters that risked or sacrificed their lives during this struggle for Freedom. This year Zambia celebrated the 49th anniversary of its independence. We are created to be free and freedom is a God’s gift to every human being. Hence, it was not an exception even for the Novitiate Community, despite its heavy programmes that the Novices were given time to relax and reflect on this word called ‘freedom’ and how it applies to their lives. In the evening, the whole community had a nice time of togetherness. The members shared with each other their experiences of ‘freedom from’ anything sinful to that ‘freedom for’ virtues. The novices had the opportunity to listen to some of the events, contributing to ‘their freedom.’ Thanks to the Rector and Novice Director Fr Christopher Rychcik, and the Administrator Br Sylvester Makumba the day of celebration was also marked by good supper.
“With Open Hands”- An Incredible Experience
It was on 21st October, a well organized event. Two novices and their Rector arrived early morning at the Lusaka National Museum. There was the official opening of the exhibition for honouring the first Bishop of Lusaka and 1st Cardinal for Zambia Adam Kozlowiecki SJ, who died few years ago and is buried at the cathedral side in Lusaka, Pope Square. The two novices: Samson Xolile Galata and Christopher Nonde were chosen to represent the other novices for that occasion. Their experience as novices in Makeni is one of the most important in their life as they are introduced to many important things, which touch most of their vocation and faith itself. It was a great advantage to them to be present there when one of the greatest missionaries was remembered and honoured by the authority of the Polish and Zambian governments.
Through the work of the late Cardinal Adam, enough evidence for missionaries has been found that through our Catholic faith we can do more in uniting the world and making it the better place for everyone when we build and sustain our relationship with God and the people around.
It was a big achievement for the two novice to meet in person the first President of the Republic of Zambia, President Kenneth Kauda. When the national anthem was sang all felt at home. (The Zambian national anthem was composed by Enoch Sontonga).
The Polish Order of “Polonia Restituta” for the Rector, Fr Chris Rychcik
On the 20th of October, the Polish people gathered in Lusaka at the Intercontinental Hotel to witness the receiving of rewards by some Salesian missionaries. The reward: Polish Order of “Polonia Restituta” was given by the Polish President to Fr. L. Aksamit, Fr. Ch. Lenczuk, Fr. Krzysztof Rychcik (Chris) and Fr. A. Zdzieborski for their achievements in delivering humanitarian aid and promoting education among the Zambian population. The Polish Prime Minister was present during the rewards. It is a great recognition of the peculiarity of the Salesian missionaries in their efforts of caring for the local population’s education and development.
NOVICE MPILO’S BIRTHDAY - 14th OCTOBER
The young man, novice John-Paul Mpilo SHABANGU turned twenty one years. The community prepared some surprises for him. It looked also as if everyone was doing his best in the showcase of talent in honouring the birthday baby. It was really a great day, but all of us must not forget to ask God’s blessings, so that the growth might not be only physical but also spiritual by knowing the Creator and the Father better every day.