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                            MAOBLATA A LESOTHO

                               PROVINCIAL HOUSE, MASERULESOTHO

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            JUNE  2007                        236/2007                PHUPTJANE 2007

CELEBRATING  DE MAZENOD  &  JOSEPH GERARD

 During the month of May the Oblate Congregation marked the feasts of  two great personalities: St. Eugene de Mazenod and Blessed Joseph Gerard.  The remarkable achievements of these two men owed everything to their personal encounter with God.  It was in that experience that each one of them was moved to present to the Church and to the world, each according to his own talents and personality,  the fruits of Oblate missionary vocation.

 Today, we who follow in their footsteps stand to benefit by rediscovering these two personalities.  We need to deepen our understanding of them in order to profit of the inspiration which they can bring into our work of evangelization in today’s world.  It is also important to meditate on their friendship with God, so that we can nourish our own relationship with Christ.  With them we can deepen our Oblate roots and strengthen the bonds of friendship in our community.

 Let us continue to celebrate our Oblate heritage and pray for the inspiration that set Eugene de Mazenod and Joseph Gerard ablaze.  By following their examples, we too  ‘move the mountains’.

 May St. Eugene  De Mazenod and Blessed Joseph  Gerard pray for us!

 Emile MOTEAPHALA, O.M.I.

Provincial


150th ANNIVERSARY OF OBLATE MISSION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

On Saturday, June 2, 2007, Father Emile Moteaphala and several other Oblates from Lesotho, will travel to Durban, in the Oblate Province of Natal, to take part in the 150th Anniversary of the Oblate Mission in the whole of Southern Africa. 

 In an open-letter to the Provincial of Natal, where the first Oblate Missionaries arrived in 1852 and kick-started their mission in the region, Fr. Moteaphala states the following:

 “On behalf of the Oblate Province of Lesotho,  and on my own behalf, I hereby sincerely congratulate the Oblate Province of Natal on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Oblate presence and missionary work in the Province. What makes this occasion even more special is that it also marks the 150th anniversary of the First Evangelization of the indigenous Africans in the whole of Southern Africa.

 “We, in Lesotho, have even a greater reason to celebrate and to give thanks to God because in 1861 our beloved King Moshoeshoe I, who was thirsting for  nothing  but  peace,  requested the assistance of the Oblate Missionaries who were working in this territory.  That is how Blessed Joseph Gerard and his companions  ended-up coming to our Mountain Kingdom where they achieved wonders.

 “We whole-heartedly join the Oblates of the Province of Natal, and the Oblate Congregation at large, in celebrating this mile-stone in our work of evangelization.  May the grace of this celebration bring us many more vocations of dedicated young men who are willing to carry the Oblate Cross to the ends of the world.”

ORDINATION – PRIESTHOOD

The following candidates have been accepted for ordination to the priesthood:

  • Clement Lebohang Bereng, from Good Shepherd Mission, Ha Tšepo.
  • Joseph Matsietse Paoane, from Good Shepherd Mission, Ha Tšepo.

 The date of their ordination will be appear in the next publication.


VENTURA PROJECT

 Activities at Ventura Project are once again at full speed.    The reforms at the project started with the installation of the new Board of Trustees on May 7, 2007.  The new Board members who will oversee the progress and success of this farming project are Frs. Emmanuel Khosi Makubakube, Atang Lucas Leluma and Moeketsi Andreas Moeti.

 In line with the agreement between the Province and the General Administration, a team of forensic auditors has been brought in to perform a detailed forensic audit into all the financial transactions of the Trust from the year 2000 to 2007.  It will also recommend appropriate policies, procedures and reporting mechanisms for the effective financial management and running of the project by the Oblate Province of Lesotho.  The Bloemfontein-based team of KPMG Internatioanl is led by Advocate Jannie Lubbe SC.

Whereas Fr. Makubakube is working hand-in-hand with the forensic auditors, Frs. Moeti and Leluma are busy organizing and putting in place a team of Oblate representatives in the project.  Fr. Moeti explains: “Our understanding is that without active Oblate participation and committed involvement, the project can once again get us nowhere – a thing we can ill-afford this time around.”  Fr. Moeti concluded by inviting all Oblates to come forward with comments, criticism and suggestions of all kinds. “They are all important in this work of reconstruction and development,” stated Fr. Moeti, beaming with joy and confidence. 

    APPOINTMENTS

 Father Paul Lesia Matlosa has been appointed Director of Ongoing Formation for the Oblate Province of Lesotho.

 Father Abraham Makhotla Makhotla has been appointed Director of Youth Ministry in the Oblate Province of Lesotho.

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    FR. SIMON PONOANE  (cont…)

 “Hoba ke etsoe moprista ka 1963, ke ile ka sebetsa haholo Maloting.  Ke hona moo ke ileng ka kenoa ke lefu la serame seo le joale ke ntseng ke utloa litholoana tsa sona.  Ke lilemong tsena tsa mosebetsi oa masimong moo ke ileng ka bona khaello e kholo ea kholo-ea-botho (human development) ho `na le ho batho bao ke ba sebeletsang.

 “Ha ke hlokomela tlhokahalo ena ke ile ka etsa kopo ho Baokameli ba ka ho ntumella ho ea etsa lithuto le ho kenela lithupelo holim’a  kholo le kholiso ea motho bothong ba hae, moeeng le `meleng (PRH & Spirituality) tseo le kajeno ke ntseng ke fana ka tsona.  Lithupelo ke li entse Amerika le Canada.

 “Maemo a ntšoenyang moeeng ke ho elelloa hore bohlokoa ba kholo `meleng le moeeng ke toro ea ka ke le mong.  Ke ntho e tla iphella ha bonolo mohla ‘ke akhelang thaole ka lesakaneng’.  Ebe ke mang ea tla ntšetsa-pele tšebetso ena!  Ke ipiletsa ho lona baena hore thomo ea rona e sephara; re romiloe ho mafutsana mafapheng `ohle a bophelo; haholo bofutsana ba kholo ea botho tsiung tsa kajeno.

 “Ke khothatsoa hanyane ke ho elelloa hore ka Afrika Boroa, peo e bonahala e oetse mobung o motle. Bokamoso bo teng. Moprofeta o amoheloa lichabeng.  Lebitso la Molimo le bokoe.” (Simon Moeti Ponoane, OMI). 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

 June:

01  Motanyane Alexander

04  Salooe Jacob

06  Sephamola Emmanuel

08  Mabetha Phillip

09  Paoane Joseph

10  Nthethe Constantinus

      Tampane Clement

11  Khakhane  Augustinus

15  Langlois Claude

21  Pama  Aloysius

23  Makara Benedict

24  Koetlisi Joseph

25  Pharoe Augustine

      Shopane Francis

      Letsoela  Julius

26  Letsatsi Peter

27  Ramalumane Paul

 July:

07  Makubakube Emmanuel

      Mathibeli Isidore

09      Molumeli Felix

      `Molaoa  Lucas

16     Lerotholi Albert

23  Makhotla Abraham

      Leluma Lucas

31     Heisi  Bernard

BAFU BA RONA

 Evelin `Masekake Thamae, motsoali oa Brother Andreas Thamae.  O hlokahetse ka la 06/05/2007.  O bolokiloe ka la 26/05/2007.

 Lucia `Maseabata Maphala, khaitseli ea Brother John Maphala.  O hlokahetse ka la 05/05/2007.  O bolokiloe ka la 26/05/2007.

 Mosa John Salooe, moena oa Father Jacob Salooe.  O hlokahetse ka la 07/05/2007.  O bolokiloe ka la 19/05/2007.

Clement Thabiso Sephelane, malome oa Brother Nathanael Posholi. O hlokahetse ka la 29/04/2007.  O bolokiloe ka la 12/05/07

        FR. CHRIS PULCHNY

 Father Chris Pulchny leaves Lesotho on June 6, 2007; for Canada.  He will be back in the country towards the end of July.

NEW OBLATE PROVINCE

 On May 21, Father Superior General presided at the inauguration of the new Central European Province.  The new Province comprises the former German Province and the Delegation of Austria and Czech Republic.  The inauguration ceremony was held at Hunfeld, Germany.

The first Provincial of the new Province is Fr. Thomas Klosterkamp, formerly Provincial of Germany.  The new Province has 170 members, in 20 communities.

 FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING

 ·         June 4, 2007

·         July 2, 2007

·         August 6, 2007

·         September 3, 2007

·         October 1, 2007

·         November 5, 2007

 
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