MAOBLATA A LESOTHO
PROVINCIAL’S VISIT TO ROME
Frs. Michael Moorosi, Phillip Mabetha and myself paid a short visit to the Oblate General House in Rome, at the invitation of Father Superior General; from February 3-12, 2007. I would like to begin by thanking Father General and the General House community for their warm reception and hospitality during our short stay. The aim of the visit was to discuss the report of the visitors (assessors) who came to Lesotho in December 2006.
Details on the Visitors’ Report will be tabled and openly discussed in the Meeting of the Province, which will take place at Mazenod Conference Centre; on March 8 - 9, 2007. All Oblates are invited.
In closing, Father General asked me to pass his warm greetings to all the Oblates and Oblate Associates in Lesotho. He wants everyone of us to rest assured of his prayers and support for the Province of Lesotho, its mission and its ministry.
BR. FIRMIN VIEN, R.I.P.
I regret to inform the readers of Ma-Oblata a Lesotho of the death of Brother Firmin Viens, OMI; who passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2007; at the age of 97.
Brother Viens arrived in Lesotho in 1935. And he returned to Canada in 1974 after 39 years of outstanding missionary work in Lesotho.He was born on March 8, 1909. He joined the Oblates in 1934 at Ville LaSalle, Canada. He professed final vows at Mazenod, in Lesotho, on August 15, 1941. He worked at Paray, Mazenod, St. Monica, and Villa St. Joseph.
Br. Viens was a carpenter, builder, gardener and mechanic. He was a specialist of difficult missions; always ready to accept any call for assistance. He rebuilt the printing press after the fire of 1946; and the new church at Mazenod.May his soul rest in peace!
OBLATES AT WORLD SOCIAL FORUM IN KENYA
About 21 Oblates from several continents attended the January 20-25 World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi, Kenya. Among them was Father Louis Motsoasele Manyeli who was representing the Oblate Province of Lesotho.
The participants at the WSF passed resolutions pledging to strengthen the campaign against poverty, global trade imbalance and gender inequality. Nearly 50,000 representatives from various organizations took part in the forum. The forum’s theme was “Another World is Possible”.
The forum provided a global platform of meetings, debates and marches to address international policies that exploit the poor, women and children, and the environment. Participants denounced the amount of money that nations spend on military buildup instead of fighting poverty
The Oblates also used this opportunity to visit the Oblates working in the Meru area and to see the number of projects that they are involved in, e.g. bakery, wood workshop, water project, etc.
All Oblates of Lesotho are invited to the Meeting of the Province that will be held at Mazenod C. Centre, on March 8-9, 2007.
Agenda: (1) To discuss Visitors’ Report; (2) Discussion on the priorities of the mission of the Province.
ORDINATION - PRIESTHOOD
Deacon Brother Michael Sello Terai will be ordained priest at St. Gerard Parish, Mafeteng, on April 21, 2007.
ORDINATION - DEACONATE
BR. LEONARD TJOTJELA
Brother Tjotjela Leonard Tjotjela left Lesotho on February 4, 2007 for St. Joseph Scholasticate, at Cedara, South Africa. He is pursuing his studies at St. Joseph’s Theological Institute.
03 Ntoane Francis 02 Terai Michael
Maphala John 05 Brossard Gilles
04 Leuta Raymond 07 Maqabe Julius
05 Sephamola Joseph Mokiti Matthew
09 Matsora Lawrence 10 Lijo Odilon
12 Ponoane Simon 11 Tlaba Gabriel
13 Ramashamole Julius 12 Mosenye Vincent
16 MOHLALISI Bernard Tšita Clement
18 Moeketsi Lawrence 14 Kokoana Clement
22 Phoofolo Charles 21 Maboloka Peter
Ponya Methodius 22 'Motsi Lawrence
23 Pitso Pascalis
29 Pepenene Norbert
MATER JESU OBLATE SCHOLASTICATE 2007
Name Birth Year Home Parish
Students in Theology:
Pitso Pali Pascalis 23-04-78 VI Pontmain
Khakhane Mahase Augustinus 11-06-78 V Roma
Maseru Lekhooa John 24-01-77 V St. Louis
Matsoso Tumo Charles 18-02-77 V St. Charles
’Molaoa Thabo Lucas 09-07-78 V M-Rose, Qwa-Qwa
Pama Noma Aloysius 21-06-80 V Maryland
Tšita Semethe Clement 12-04-78 V Mazenod
Boatile Mothusi Sydney 11-12-81 IV St. Peter’s- Gaborone
Katase Katase Paul 01-02-79 IV Mt. Carmel
Khatala Mokhoabo Paul 03-02-80 IV Paray
Lekhooa Lekhooa Phillip 07-01-82 IV Auray
Matomaneng Neo Andreas 26-11-77 IV Auray
Metsing Thabo Leonard 06-01-78 IV Mt. Carmel
Phakoe Balekane Clement 03-08-82 IV St. Martin
Pita Motlatsi Selbourne 17-11-78 IV O.L. of Victories
Phoofolo Phoofolo Charles 22-03-80 IV Immaculate C.
Sentšo Liphapang Alexis 13-12-78 IV St. Leonard
Shai Pheello Josias 15-01-79 IV St. Charles
Tsoamotse Mokhantši Peter 20-08-78 IV Mazenod
Introduction to Theology:
Heisi Mahase Bernard 31-07-1982 IV* Mt. Carmel
Matsoso `Muso Bernard 07-02-1978 IV* Villa Maria
Mohlakola Letlotlo Ananias 02-01-1979 IV* `Mabasotho
Students in Philosophy:
Posholi Kebitsamang Nathanael 20-10-1980 III Sacred Heart
Thamae Sekake Andreas 11-09-1980 III St. Leonard
Letsoela Suoane Julius 25-06-1975 II St.Theresa
Maphalla Thabang John 12-11-1980 II Auray
Mapholo Teboho Clement 21-02-1982 II Holy Cross
Mokhethi Mothibeli Lawrence 29-11-1983 II Mazenod
Motlomelo Thabo Evaristus 13-09-1982 II M. Holy Redeemer
Ponya Thato Methodius 22-03-1985 II St. Francis
Putsoane Tebelo Samuel 03-02-1985 II St. Saviour’s
Setipe Mpho Lucius 15-12-1985 II St. Gerard
Mothepu Tsepo Azael 17-09-1984 I Nazareth
Maqabe Moeketsi Julius 07-04-1985 I Mazenod
Thibinyane Moabi Peter 03-02-1986 I NohanaInternational Scholasticate – Rome:
Makhebesela Mokoatsi William 10-09-76 V St. Leonard
Matsau Maboee Patrick 30-05-79 V Good ShepherdSt. Joseph Scholasticate – KwaZulu Natal:
Tjotjela Tjotjela Leonard 23-09-73 VI Mazenod
Bereng Lebohang Clement 21-02-77 Deacon Good shepherd
Paoane Matsietse Joseph 09-06-77 Deacon Good Shepherd
Terai Sello Michael 02-04-78 Deacon St. Gerard
Khoaele Khali Patrick 06-05-75 Deacon St. Benedict
OBLATE BROTHERS IN FIRST VOWS
Libe Rakotsoana Leonard 25-08-1977 St. Michael
Pitso Qeto Samuel 26-09-1983 Mt. Carmel
Augustinus Bane - Superior
Lucas Leluma - bursar
Simon Ponoane - member
Anthony Makatjane – member
Paul Matlosa - member
Innocent Phangoa – member
Valère Eko - member