PROVINCIAL HOUSE, MASERU—LESOTHO
2007 235/2007 MOTS'EANONG 2007
OF PIUS XII CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
S T A R T I N G A F R E S H
As we journey through life we make decisions and choices
that ultimately define what we become.
These choices and decisions place us generally into one of the two categories:
Either we journey through life as “losers”, blaming everybody else for our lack
of progress or success; or we journey through life as “winners”. Winners are people who take charge of their
life. Whenever they have slipped up they have enough courage and motivation to
At this point in time, our Province may be going through
challenging times, but with the right attitude and collective effort, the
recovery is almost guaranteed. A great
effort is already underway at the administrative level but serious challenges
still remain here and there at the individual level. Systemic and sustainable change requires
active participation of everyone.
We are most grateful to the General Administration and to
our brother Oblates elsewhere for their invaluable assistance to us, as we
attempt to get our Province up and running in its ministry and mission of
evangelizing the poor in this part of the world.
“During the whole month of April this year, Pius XII
Catholic Community on the campus of the National University of Lesotho was
commemorating the 62 years of its existence, starting from the founding of Pius
XII Catholic University College, on April 8, 1945.
“The idea of establishing a Catholic University in Africa
was conceived by the hierarchy of the Southern African Catholic Bishops in
1938, at the synod meeting held in Cape Town.
This dream was not realized until 1945 when Bishop Cyprian Joseph
Bonhomme, OMI, then bishop of Lesotho, accepted to build a University between
Roma Parish and former St. Theresa Minor Seminary.
“In 1946, the new site to build a Catholic University was
granted by the Queen Regent Amelia `Mantšebo Seeiso who allocated the site
where NUL is found today. In 1950, the
Catholic Unversity College was entrusted officially to the Congregation of the
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The baton fell on Fr. Paul-Emile Beaule,
OMI, who became the first rector (1945-1950).
“The celebration of the 62nd anniversary of Pius
XII Catholic Community marks another
milestone in the life of the Catholic Community in the campus. The raison d’etre of the Catholic Community
is to continue, promote and develop further the ideals for which the Catholic
University College was founded.
“The founding Fathers of Pius XII C. U. C. were armed with
clear vision and firm commitment to found an institution of higher learning,
based on Christian principles of altruistic love and dedicated service to one
another, guided by unreserved search for truth in its many facets.
“As the Catholic community on campus we walk tall not
because we stand on firm ground but because we stand on the shoulders of the
giants of faith, and visionaries. We
stand in the middle of the trinity of time: Past, Present and Future. We are looking at the Past with gratitude; at
the Future with hope; and at the Present with enthusiasm. We are part of the evolving process of
building a sustainable Future.” (Fr. Tlali G. Lerotholi, OMI – Roma).
The Provincial Council has appointed Fr. Atang Lucas Leluma
to be the Director of Personnel in the
Province. He will assist the
Provincial in personnel management. Among his duties, Fr. Leluma will assist
the Provincial in the implementation of the council decisions concerning
personnel. For further details
concerning the role of Personnel Director, see Report on the Ordinary
Visitation of the Province of Lesotho, February-March 2005, p.14.
Besides his duties as Personnel Director, Fr. Leluma will
also be the member of Council who keeps the Provincial Office when the
Provincial is away. For those who would
like to see Vicar Provincial, Fr. Michael Moorosi, he remains available at
FR. CHRIS PULCHNY, O.M.I.
Fr Christopher Francis Pulchny arrived in
Lesotho on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. He
is the Director of financial policy of the Province of Lesotho.
YOUNG OBLATES MEETING
Young Oblates (under 6 years…) will have a meeting at Oblate House in Maseru; on May 23,
2007. The meeting starts at 9.00 a.m.
05 Moeketsi Joseph
06 Takatso Lawrence
07 Moorosi Michael
09 Thantši Lawrence
11 Sekoati Michael
12 Ramakatsa Wilfried
13 Letsepe Thomas
18 Phohlo Abel
21 Setsomi Bernard
25 Motlaopa Clement
04 Salooe Jacob
06 Sephamola Emmanuel
08 Mabetha Phillip
09 Paoane Joseph
11 Khakhane Augustinus
15 Langlois Claude
21 Pama Aloysius
23 Makara Benedict
24 Koetlisi Joseph
25 Pharoe Augustine
26 Letsatsi Peter
27 Ramalumane Paul
I regret to inform the readers of Ma-Oblata a Lesotho of the
death of Brother Raymond Desrochers, OMI, who passed away on
Tuesday, April 3, 2007; at the age of 86.
Brother Desrochers arrived in Lesotho in 1950. And he returned to Canada in 1983 after 33
years of outstanding missionary work in Lesotho.
He was born on May, 11, 1920. He joined the Oblates in 1947 at Richelieu,
Canada. He professed final vows at Villa
Maria, in Lesotho, on October 7, 1954.
He worked at Villa Maria, Holy Cross, Paray, Roma, Our Lady of
Victories, and Mazenod.
Among many other works he installed the large cross, 40 feet
high, on the mountain behind the mission of Holy Cross in 1952.
May his soul rest in
MOKETE OA DE MAZENOD
Letsatsi la Mohlomi oa Kopano ea
rona (De Mazenod Day), le tla ketekeloa ka Mandaha oa la 21
letsatsi la mokete, bohle re tla khobokana hammoho Mazenod Conference Centre,
joalokaha e le tloaelo. Litšebeletso li
tla qala ka hora ea bobeli motšeare-oa-mantsiboea (14h00). Re hopoleng hape hore re tla be re ketekela
le Ma-Oblata a rona a etsang li-jubile selemong sena.
Mona ke etsa khopotso ho Ma-Oblata `ohle a Setereke sa
Maseru hore phutheho ea Setereke e tla tšoareloa St. Louis Mission, Matsieng ka
la 09/05/2007. (Fr. Carolus Thamae – District Superior).
Congratulations to Father Michael Sello Terai who was ordained priest at St. Gerard Parish,
Mafeteng, on Saturday, 21st April
Father Emmanuel Morallana from St. Rose
Mission, Peka, has received an obedience to Mazenod Monastery.
Father Benedict Tseko Makara from Mazenod
Monastery, has received an obedience to St. Rose Mission, Peka.
Father Phillip Tumisang Mabetha from Oblate
House Community, has received an obedience to Maria `Mabasotho Pastoral Centre.
Father Justinus Tahleho Mpopo from Oblate
House Community, has received an obedience to Mazenod Monastery.
Father Vincent Tanki Mosenye who was ordained
priest on October 14, 2006, has received an obedience to St. Francis Mission,
Father Simon Moeti Ponoane from Oblate
Scholasticate, has received an obedience to Mazenod Monastery.
Brother John Tiisetso Maphala from Holy Cross
Mission, Mekaling, has received an obedience to Villa Maria Novitiate.
Father William Motenalapi from Most Holy
Redeemer Mission, Qacha’s nek, has received an obedience to Roma Parish.
Father Johannes Matooane from Oblate House
Community, has received an obedience to Mazenod Conference Centre.
BAFU BA RONA
Tlali John Khotso, motsoali oa Father Michael
Khotso. O hlokahetse ka la
13/04/2007. O bolokoa ka la 05//05/2007.
Francisca Makotoko, nkhono oa Father Innocent Phangoa. O hlokahetse ka la 16/04/2007.
Masilo Phinias Matsoso, moholoane oa Brother
Charles Matsoso. O hlokahetse ka la
13/04/2007. O bolokoa ka la 05/05/2007.
Alina `Mamokete Mokhele, khaitseli ea Father
Innocent Phangoa. O hlokahetse ka la
OUR VIRGIN MOTHER, BLESSED MARY