Fr. John Michael Henze, MAfr, known to everyone as Fr. Ben Henze returned to the Lord on 7th May 2018 and was buried after a Requiem Mass amongst his brothers in Ealing on 18th May 2018.
A new Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN) contact group was launched in Nairobi on 16 February, 2018. The launch was preceded by a two-day workshop (15-16 February) on Advocacy and AEFJN.
150 Year Celebrations.
There will be celebrations to mark 150 years since the foundation of the White Fathers (Missionaries of Africa) and the White Sisters (Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa). These celebrations will be in:
St Columkille’s Parish, Rutherglen Glasgow G73 2SL
at the 12 midday Mass Sunday 26th August 2018.
Our Lady Queen of Apostles Parish, Hounslow TW5 0RL. Heston
at the 11.30 Mass Sunday 9th December 2018.
It is hoped that another celebration will be held in Liverpool in September 2018, but arrangements are yet to be made.
A young girl of about 8 years old was kidnapped from near her village in Darfur, Sudan in 1876 by 2 armed men. They took her off and sold her into slavery. Her name was taken from her and the slave-name of “Lucky” (Bakhita) given in its stead.
The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), as well as the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa/MSOLA (White Sisters), are preparing world wide to celebrate 150 years of service to, and in, Africa. The Missionaries of Africa date their beginnings to 1868 and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa to 1869.
Not the first monk, but the first to go off into the Egyptian wilderness. His parents died when he was 18 years old. Following Jesus’ advice to the young man in the Gospel, he gave away to the poor all the money he had inherited in order to devote his life to coming closer to God.
Recently, in his pastoral letter of last October to the people of the archdiocese, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon wrote: “In the city of Liverpool I have invited the missionaries of Africa, more commonly known as the White Fathers, to take over the pastoral care of one of our parishes. They will be setting up a mission to specifically respond to the needs of our African brothers and sisters, and others of various ethnic origins, in the city”.
At long last the African Union (AU) has reacted and called for action to stop this vile and degrading abuse of human beings. One of the first African countries to react has been Rwanda.
Yesterday Pope Francis joined a prayer service in Rome organised by “Solidarity with South Sudan” and the Justice and Peace office of male and female religious organisations worldwide. The prayers were for peace and justice for the peoples of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
After reading about Fr. John Slinger’s recent escape from death, having been attacked by a mentally ill man in Tanzania, I read about the 3 British Christian missionaries who were repatriated from Nigeria.
On Monday morning, the 30th Oct, at 6a.m. whilst entering the sacristy to prepare for Mass, I was attacked by a deranged man in the sacristy.
BBC Magazine published a beautiful story from Kenya concerning two childhood friends. One became a drug addict living on the streets.
Excerpts from the sermon given by Fr Chris Wallbank MAfr in Rutherglen
One thing that comes to mind when thinking of John is how his whole missionary life was marked in so many ways by the Cross.
Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald MAfr, formerly Head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Papal Nuncio in Egypt to the Arab League, was invited to pray and give a reflection on 3rd October 2017in Edinburgh before the Scottish Parliament.
When received by Pope Francis last month in the Vatican, the Bishops of Algeria stressed that the request to have the Bishop of Oran and 18 priests and religious, who had been murdered in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, beatified was not in any way meant to be a self-congratulatory move by the Church, nor was it meant to be a claim of “poor Christians murdered by wicked Muslims”.
The cause for the beatification of Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, including the seven monks of Tibhirine and the 4 MAfr (White Fathers) of Tizi-Ouzou (Jean Chevillard, Alain Dieulangard, Christian Chessel, Charles Deckers) have only to receive the vote of the Assembly of the Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.’ (Nicolas Senèze , Rome, 01/09/2017).
There will be a Memorial Mass for Fr John Lynch at the House of the Missionaries of Africa in Rutherglen (9 Milrig Road) on Friday 13th October at 11.30 a.m.
Yesterday Fr John Lynch's body was cremated and today after a requiem Mass in the community chapel of the Missionaries of Africa, his ashes were buried in St Petersburg, Florida.
John worked for many years in Chicago and Washington at the Missionaries of Africa Development Office where he raise millions of dollars for small projects (up to $10,000) for clean water, transport, medical and educational projects for the neediest people in Africa.