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Beaming from ear to new Bishop Dominic Nyarko Yeboah of Techiman, with whom I had spent my pastoral year, was giving me the sign of peace. ‘You are lucky I refused or else you would never have become a bishop,’ I whispered and that sent him thundering in laughter.
The marriage ceremony was set for 10:00 AM. By 12:30 PM a procession was in sight. ‘Here they are; prepare!’ I alerted the altar boys but the excitement died abruptly when, to our surprise, behind the choir we saw a coffin. It was a group of Methodists on their way to the cemetery to bury one of their members. Sympathy and laughter were quite hard to combine. Finally at 3:30 PM the bride and the groom came. And that was my first and last time to officiate at a wedding ceremony in Asesewa, Ghana. Not until did I know I could be that patient.
By Leo P. Divinagracia
Leo P. Divinagracia is a former Mill Hill Missionary seminarian. Here he shares his mission experience in Karamoja, Uganda, a very dry place where sometimes there is no rain for almost the entire year. At Present he is an AMA Volunteer (Associate Missionaries of the Assumption) assigned in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte as a CLE teacher in St. Vincent’s Academy. His students were both Christians and Muslims. A parish run by the Columban Missionaries for a number of years.
After two years of theological studies in Tangaza College, Nairobi, Kenya, I came home for a two-month break. When I was in Kenya, there were times I felt like going home. But when I arrived home, I felt like going back to Africa right away.
After my holiday, I started another journey. This time I had to leave the classroom for a real mission. I was assigned to Uganda, where I spent two years on mission experience with the Karamojong tribe, a group divided into five major sub-tribes. Each tribe has a different way of life. I was assigned to the Jie people, who are semi-nomadic and pastoralist. Their cows, goats, sheep and donkeys are their property, their treasure. They would offer their very lives for their animals.
By Fr Joseph Panabang SVD
Brother Marcus Hipolito SVD from Brazil and I were watching on TV the World Under-17 Football Championship in Ecuador between Ghana and Brazil. It was really exciting. Both teams were giving their best. Brother Marcus, naturally, cheered for Brazil. But in the middle of the game a Brazilian player pulled the shirt of a running Ghanaian player who was two steps ahead and poised for a perfect goal. At that very moment Brother Marcus cursed the Brazilian player for such a disgraceful act and immediately shifted his allegiance to the Ghanaian team. Would you call that ‘inculturation’?
By Fr Joseph Panabang SVD
Fr Joseph Panabang SVD
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Saved by my weight
By Fr Enrico Eusebio SJ