Greetings from Rome

My dear Friends of Fransalians,

It is Christmas again. I wish to greet each one of you a very Happy Christmas. It is my prayer that all of us may experience the joy and peace of Christmas in our own personal lives so that we may be able to work more effectively for peace and harmony in the world. Christmas is not merely a feast. It is essentially God’s  own message of love to the whole of creation. It is a message addressed to the entire human family that we are all children of God and as such we are called to be brothers and sisters. May this Christmas strengthen our hope for a more peaceful world founded on genuine love  and compassion.   

Pope Francis has officially closed the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome marking the end of the extra-ordinary jubilee year of mercy. It is now for each one of us to keep the doors of our hearts and minds open to communicate  the message of God’s mercy and compassion to a world that is increasingly witnessing immense suffering and extreme poverty  caused by unjust structures and armed conflicts.

400 children sponsored under the Schuelerpatenschaft Program.

I am happy to inform you that our Schuelerpatenschaft Program continues to make some progress. We have been able to help more than 400 children drawn from  9 countries in Africa besides India. However the number of children seeking our help is also on the increase. Hence I would like to make an appeal to all of you to encourage your friends and acquaintances to join our program of reaching out to the poor children in some of the poorest countries in the world. It will be a beautiful gesture of mercy and compassion in the true spirit of Christmas. Please remember that your contribution of Euro 10 per month or Euro 120 per year offers  a bright future for a poor child  in a distant land. May God bless your generosity. 

22 Wells completed in Chad-Cameroon

During the past few months, five more wells have been dug in our Chad-Cameroon Mission raising the total number  of wells completed so far  to 20 with a large number of villagers benefiting from them. We would like to extend this project to many more villages in Chad and also if possible in a few more countries in Africa where the need is most. Your contributions are earnestly solicited.

Saint Francis de Sales School at Ngaoundere, North Cameroon

The ongoing project “SFS School” at Ngaoundere has been making steady progress. More than 200 children are already enrolled. The school needs more class rooms and other basic facilities. We count on your generosity to realize our dream of making this project a big success in the coming years.

A New Project in Doba.

It is in Chad in the diocese of Doba that we the Fransalians began our work some 18 years ago. Being one of the poorest countries in the world we would like to bring education and development to the area where we are entrusted with two large missions. The mission has already acquired a piece of land in a prime place at Doba. We are now in the process of establishing a school and hostel at Doba to begin with. We shall keep you informed of the further developments on this project as and when it is being initiated.

I am indeed very happy to acknowledge the enormous goodwill that we experience from our friends and benefactors. It is my wish and prayer that this grace-filled season of Christmas and  New Year bring us much joy and happiness through our acts of mercy and compassion. God loves a cheerful giver. Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you.

Yours cordially

P. Dr. Thomas Cherukat, MSFS

 

Greetings from Chad-Cameroon

Dear Friends of the Fransalians,

Greetings and good wishes from the Missionaries of Saint Francis de Sales  in Chad-Cameroon.. The year 2016 has been an year of grace for the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales working in the Chad-Cameroon Mission.

During the past one year we have experienced an unprecedented growth of our mission. The newly established school at Ngaoundere in Cameroon is fully operational with 205 children enrolled  in 5 classes with an average of 40 children per class. As the demand for new admissions are on the increase, we have planned to construct more class rooms in the coming years. We are particularly grateful to our friends and benefactors in Germany, Austria and France for their continued support and encouragement for this worthy project. I would like to place on record my heartfelt gratitude to P. Sen Vellakada in Austria and P. Jose Kananaikal in Germany besides P. Thomas Cherukat in Rome for their constant support and encouragement.  I thank the members of the newly founded Agape Austria for their initiative and enthusiasm.

In recent times we do face a lot of difficulties in our missions in Chad due to the political and economic situation in the country. The sharp fall in the price of petroleum products has put the Chadian economy in serious trouble.  There is a general strike going on in the country. Many of the state-run schools and institutions in the country remain closed. Trusting in God we continue our work for the most needy.

We have been able to complete yet another 5 wells in Chad of which 2 are in Bero and 3 in Doba. This ongoing project is mainly aimed at making available clean and safe  drinking water for the remote villages and thereby  prevent deadly diseases like malaria, typhoid, cholera, jaundice etc. This project has already helped us to save so many lives of new born babes in ours missions of Doba and Bero. We look forward to your continued support for the extension of this project to many more villages in our missions. The Schulerpatenschaft program initiated by the Amisales in Rome and Agape in Germany  has been able to bring much relief to a large number of poor families in Chad and Cameroon. More than 100 children from our missions are directly supported by Amisales and Agape  for their education. We thank all the sponsors for their kindness and  generosity towards the poorest of the poor.  

Our mission has recently acquired a good piece of land at Doba in view of establishing an educational institution for the benefit of the poorest sections of the population. We have planned a school and hostel for which we depend very much on the financial support from our friends and benefactors. We hope to initiate the construction by February 2017.

A minor seminary was a long cherished dream of this mission. This dream has now become a reality. The newly built seminary at Ngaoundere is scheduled to be blessed in February 2017. The Congregation is blessed with a number of candidates to priesthood both from Chad and Cameroon. It is our fond hope that sooner or later our missions in Chad and Cameroon can be fully manned by the indigenous priests themselves. The missionaries from India who have pioneered this mission are ever grateful to our friends and benefactors for their generous support for the formation of native vocations in Africa. 

“La Feuiellette”, our main Mission House at Ngoya near Yaounde has been serving as a multipurpose house namely the Mission Headquarters, a major seminary and a minor seminary. Due to the scarcity of space for all our candidates and students, we have initiated the work on an extension of “La Feuiellette”. We are grateful to several donor agencies such as the Papal Foundation and the Church in Need for their timely help towards this important work.  

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A BRIGHT NEW YEAR

We, the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales in Chad and Cameroon extend to you our warmest Christmas Greetings to you. We pray that the healing touch of Jesus Christ may bring much joy and happiness to each of us.  The message of Christmas  is clear. Christ is born. God is with us. That is the Good News. Christmas is indeed a family feast. Families re-unite, near and dear ones come together, friends and acquaintances  exchange greetings and gifts. I take this opportunity to greet you, one and all and to express our deep sentiments of gratitude to all of you who have been by our side in our effort to help the poorest of the poor in our missions. May the Lord accompany each of us on our journey in 2017. God bless.

Yours lovingly

Rev. Fr. Manoj Xavier Arackal MSFS
Mission Superior (Chad-Cameroon Mission)

Greetings from Rome

Dear Friends of Fransalians,

With great joy and gratitude I wish to greet each one of you and share with you once again some news from Rome as well as from our missions in Chad and Cameroon. Here in Rome the extraordinary jubilee year is being celebrated as the year of mercy with much fervor and piety. Tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world throng the “holy door” at St. Peter’s Basilica and at all the Major Basilicas in Rome. The message of this jubilee year is mercy and compassion. God is our Father who loves his children, who cares for them and forgives them their weaknesses and failures and is merciful and compassionate to them. As God’s children, we too are called to be compassionate and merciful with each other especially to the poor and to those who suffer injustice and oppression.
 

Students sponsorship program extended to 10 countries

I am happy to inform you that the Mission Office in Rome has been able to reach out to a great number of disadvantaged children in India as well as in some of the poorest countries in Africa. This has been made possible through the regular contributions we receive from donors and collaborators from several countries in Europe. I am particularly grateful to the Freundeskreis in Kahlgrund/Aschaffenburg in Germany for their sincere and generous efforts to find friends and benefactors for this noble cause.
It is a matter of great satisfaction that through the combined efforts of Amisales in Rome and Agape Africa in Germany, we have been able to reach out to over 300 disadvantaged children. The children who benefit under this program are drawn mainly from India (114) Chad (31) Cameroon (44) Tansania (17) Kenya (5) Uganda (31) Mozambique (10) Sambia (18) South Africa (26) and Namibia (5) The number of children seeking our help is ever on the increase We are far behind our initial target of finding sponsors for 1000 children. I do hope and pray that sooner or later we shall arrive at our initial target.
 

Drinking water projects: 7 more wells completed

The ongoing project of providing clean and safe drinking water in Chad and North Cameroon is indeed a great boon to the hundreds of people in these much impoverished regions. During the past 6 months the Fransalians in Chad and North Cameroon with the enthusiastic collaboration of the local people have been able to complete seven more wells ensuring a better future for a number of villages. Three of them are bore wells with hand pumps having a depth of around 30 meters. These wells are located at the villages of Bessama, Ndounambo and Mekagte under the Doba Mission in Chad. The four open wells completed are in the villages of Bela and Bero under the Bero Mission in Chad. With these, a total of 17 wells are now completed under our drinking water projects in Chad and Cameroon. With your continued support we hope to achieve our target of providing 100 wells in these regions within the next couple of years. My sincere thanks to all those who have generously contributed towards this project.
 
 
 
 

Saint Francis de Sales School at Ngaoundéré in North Cameroon

Saint Francis de Sales School at Djalingo Mabanga in the outskirts of Ngaoundéré is indeed a project of great importance for the entire mission of Chad-Cameroon. Ngaoundéré is a township located at almost half-way between Yaoundé and Doba linking the two Fransalian Mission Centres in Chad and Cameroon covering a distance of around 1200 kms. The project was initiated on 28 February 2015 with the first batch of 120 children. The number is expected to rise up to 200 in the coming year. This is an ongoing project which needs continuous support for many more years. Five more class rooms are planned for the coming year. A playground and toilet facilities are to be urgently made available. We are grateful to all our friends and well-wishers for their constant support for this important project. We are particularly grateful to the Cath. parish ‘Peace of Christ at olympic village’ in Munich-Moosach for their generous contributions towards this project. We thank the parish council and the parishioners for having accepted this project as their ‘godparents project’ in the true spirit of solidarity and partnership with the poorest of the poor. We are grateful to Pater Jose Kannanaikal, MSFS for having taken the initiative to introduce this project to the parish community.
 
 

Projects Planned

The Fransalians in Chad and Cameroon have planned a number of educational and developmental projects for the coming years. The following projects are some of them:
 
  • A Fransalian School at Doba, Chad
  • An Internat at Doba, Chad
  • An Internat at Ngaoundéré, North Cameroon
  • A Fransalian School at Ekoumdoum near Yaoundé, Central Cameroon
  • An education centre for the training and formation of Lay-leaders at Ngoya in Obala, Central Cameroon
  • A Fransalian School at Buea, South-West Cameroon
 
We look forward to your generous contributions and support for our projects in the coming years. May the merciful God make each one of us an instrument of mercy and compassion in a world that is tormented by frequent wars and conflicts. I wish one and all the joy and peace of Christ who became man to show us the face of God’ mercy and compassion.

 

P. Thomas Cherukat, MSFS

 

 

Greetings from Chad-Cameroon

My dear Friends of the Fransalians,

Fraternal greetings of love and good wishes from the Missionaries of Saint Francis de Sales working in Chad-Cameroon Mission. I am happy to share with you some of the recent developments and events in our mission. The Fransalians in Chad and Cameroon are now in charge of 9 Centres with 8 large missions and 1 formation house. There are 12 priests working here of whom 3 are Cameroonians and 9 Indians. Currently the Mission has 43 students consisting of 21 major seminarians doing philosophy and theology, 6 novices 6 pre-novices and 10 postulants. Some of them are in Cameroon and others in Tanzania.
The Mission is indeed growing fast and is in the process of stabilizing itself in almost all the fronts. We thank God for the perseverance, courage and optimism with which our young Fransalians have been building up this Mission in the midst of great difficulties and the fear of the unknown future. We gratefully acknowledge the timely support and encouragement we received from our friends and benefactors especially in these difficult times.
 

A Kindergarten at Bero in Chad

Eighteen years have gone by since the first batch of Fransalians had set foot in Chad. Chad is rich in natural resources but it is one of those politically disturbed and exploited countries. Hence it is branded as one of the poorest countries in the world. Faced with a situation of extreme poverty and lack of infrastructure, the Fransalians in Chad have been keen on bringing basic education to an overwhelmingly illiterate population. The Fransalian Missions of Doba and Bero in Chad administer four of the diocesan schools providing them with management, personnel and looking after the overall growth of the children. Bero Mission runs also a boys’ home in view of carefully nurturing the talent and discipline among the poorest. Most recently a Kindergarten was added to the educational ventures at Bero. Our sincere thanks to the friends and benefactors who have joined hands with us to materialize this project successfully.
 
 

Fransalian Mission at Buea in South-West Cameroon

The Fransalians have been serving the student community at the University of Buea for the past four years. Buea is the capital of the English-speaking South-West Region of Cameroon. The Mission in Buea has recently acquired a piece of land in view of initiating several educational and developmental projects in the years to come.
 
Dear Friends, Chad-Cameron Mission is poised for a new level of its growth. It is indeed a vibrant mission. We thank God and all our friends and well-wishers for making this mission what it is today. We the Fransalians in Chad and Cameroon join our people to thank you and to pray for you for all your concerns. God bless.
 
Cordially,
P. Manoj Xavier Arackal, MSFS

Greetings from Rome

Dear Friends of the Fransalians, 

Cordial greetings to each one of you from AMISALES, the Missionsprokura of the Fransalians in Rome on the occasion of Christmas and New Year. Pope Francis has declared an extra-ordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning from 8th December 2015. The Pope has invited the entire Church to join him in bringing  the message of God’s mercy and compassion to a world afflicted with war and terror. Millions of innocent and helpless people from the war-torn countries are fleeing their homelands. Many more are forced to live in misery being deprived of their basic human dignity due to discrimination, exploitation and persecution and thus finding themselves in extreme poverty and suffering. During this Christmas we like to think of those millions of our brothers and sisters who are in great need and crying for our support. We ask the merciful and compassionate Lord to strengthen us in our commitment to bring peace and joy to a world torn apart  by hatred and violence. Let the shining star over the Manger of Bethlehem be a beacon of peace and hope for a suffering humanity.  

 

Sponsor a child

Amisales in Rome and the Freundeskreis in Mombris/Kahlgrund have been making a combined effort to appeal for donations in favour of destitute children in the numerous Fransalian Missions in Africa and in India. The response to our appeal has been slow but encouraging. I am happy to inform you that we have been able to find  donors to support over 250 children from Chad, Cameroon, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and India under our program of „Schüler-Patenschaften“. We are grateful to all our donors for their generosity. We have set a target of reaching out to 1000 children in need. Hence we continue this program with the co-operation of all of you. We count on your support to help us accomplish this noble mission of bringing education to so many children who may otherwise will never be able to attend a school. Thank you and Vergelt‘s Gott.  (Photo 2)

 

10 villages get safe and clean drinking water  

Amisales and the Freundeskreis together have been making appeals for donations towards providing safe and clean drinking water to villages in some of the most backward regions of Africa chiefly in Chad and in North Cameroon. During the past two years, we have been able to complete 10 wells with handpumps installed providing  safe and clean drinking water to at least 10 villages. The villagers themselves have been bearing  a part of the cost by way of their labour. Most of these wells have been dug in the villages in and around Doba and Bero in Chad and around Ngaoundere in North Cameroon. The cost of a well varies from a sum of € 1500.00 to € 2000.00. We are looking for potential donors to extend this program to many more villages in Africa. We have set a target of providing 10 more wells during the year 2016. We invite donors to help us to reach out to the most needy people especially in the sub-saharan Africa. (Photo 3)

 

A new school at Ngaoundere

Fr. Manoj, the Mission Superior of Chad-Cameroon informs that the project of a new school at Ngaoundere in North Cameroon has at last been launched. The school is already functioning with 130 children enrolled for the year 2015-2016 though the official blessing and inauguration of the school is yet to take place. It is indeed a very promising project designed to help the poorest chidlren of the locality. The Fransalians have been working in this area more than 10 years caring for  three important  missions including the University Parish at Bini-Dang. (Photo 4)

 

Increase in the Missionary Personnel

The Fransalian Mission in Chad-Cameroon has completed 16 years of its existence.  The Mission has gone through very hard times serving one of the poorest populations in the world. This mission is now striking deep roots on the African soil. The number of missionary personnel is ever on the increase. The Mission is also blessed with a number of local vocations having already three indigenous priests. Over 35 local students are in various stages of formation. The increasing number of young priests from India opting to work in this mission is yet another sign of the vitality of this mission.

 

By the grace of God  and with the support and encouragement of so many of our friends in different parts of the world, our Chad-Cameroon Mission is indeed making good progress. Thank you one and all.

P. Thomas Cherukat, MSFS

 

Greetings from Chad-Cameroon

Dear readers of Agape,  

Greetings of peace and joy to all of you from the Chad-Cameroon Mission of the Fransalians, the  Missionaries of Saint Francis de Sales. I take this opportunity to wish each one of you a Very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

We are in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Jesus the Incarnate Word is the true face of the Father’s Mercy to a fallen humanity. “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Mt. 9.13). We the Fransalians are ever grateful to the Lord and to all of you for strengthening and supporting us in our works of mercy and compassion to the suffering humanity especially in Chad and Cameroon where we continue to live in fear and anxiety in the midst of a growing threat of cross-border violence from extremist groups. In spite of the constant threat of war and conflicts in the region the Mission is making steady progress. We have altogether 10 Mission Centres in Chad-Cameroon with 17 priests and over 35 students in formation. The Mission has gone through 16 years of hard work in the midst of great uncertainties. Faced with a hostile climate and  so many widespread diseases like malaria and typhoid, the pioneer missionaries have  been able to lay a firm foundation for this mission. The Mission is now focusing on the education of the poorest and providing safe and clean drinking water to villages where vast number of people are deprived of these basic facilities. Our 2 schools in Chad namely in Doba and in Bero are making a great impact in the overall development of the region. We have just started a new school at Ngaoundere which is yet another milestone in the growth of this mission.  

 

Sincere Gratitude

I would like to thank each one of you for what you are and for what you do to help us in our work in these missions. I am particularly grateful to the support group, the Freundeskreis in Kahlgrund who under the guidance of Father Thomas Cherukat has been a great help to this mission during the past 10 years. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Freundeskreis,  I offer my hearty congratulations and sincere thanks to the members as well as their supporters and collaborators  for their commitment and keen interest in helping the poorest of the poor in Africa. I thank all of you for your generous support to our program of Schueler- Patenschaft and the project of Drinking Water. I am happy to acknowledge that over 75 children from Chad and Cameroon have already been sponsored under this program. Besides we have been able to provide clean and safe drinking water to some 6 villages in Chad and in North Cameroon. A big thank you to all of you. Vergelt’s Gott. We count on your continued support for these programs and projects through which we are able to reach out to the most needy people. May the good Lord reward your generosity.

With every good wish

P. Manoj

 

 

 

Greetings from Rome

My dear Friends of the Fransalians,

Cordial greetings and good wishes to you from the Missionsprokura in Rome. This Mission Office was established on 15th November 2013. On this first anniversary, with a deep sense of joy and gratitude I would like to wish each one of you a grace-filled season of Advent and a very Happy Christmas and Bright New Year.  The joyful feast of Christmas is a reminder to all of us that God is on the side of the poor. Jesus was born poor. He grew up in a poor family. He went about doing good to all and especially to the poorest of the poor. He healed the sick. He mingled with sinners and outcasts. He questioned the powerful and defended the weak and the abandoned. He gave his life as a ransom for many by dying on the cross to rise again to life. Christmas is therefore a great challenge for all of us. It is a challenge to live like Jesus, to think like Jesus and to act like Jesus. We need to reach out to the poor, to give life to them in order that they may be liberated from all forms of  injustice and inhumanity.

To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase. In the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us. (Pope Francis, EG, 54)

We, the Missionaries of Saint Francis de Sales have just entered into the 177th year of our existence. The new year 2015 has been declared as the „Year of Mission“ for the entire Congregation. We are now over 1400 members working in 26 countries including  9 countries in Africa. Let me share with you some of our immediate concerns in our missions especially in Chad and Cameroon.

Adoption at Distance

A program of “Adoption at Distance” has already been initiated on a small scale.  I thank all those who participate in this program  by making their regular contributions. The Mission Office in Rome is now co-ordinating this program and we are looking for  sponsors  so that we can reach out to many more unfortunate children in Asia and Africa and extend this program to all our missions all over the world. You can sponsor a child in Africa or Asia pledging a small contribution of Euro 10.00 (Euro Ten Only) per month. You will find details of this program on our websites: www.agape-tschad-kamerun.de /www.amisales.org. or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Homes for Destitute Children

Apart from the two Boys‘ Homes of Bero and Doba in Chad, the Congregation is managing a number of “Homes for Destitute Children” in India and in several countries of Africa. The cost of maintaining these homes and educating the large number of children is indeed enormous. We are looking for potential benefactors to help us run these Homes more effectively. There are appeals coming from many of our Missions to establish more such Homes for the poor and abandoned children. Your contributions are very precious for such a noble cause.

Providing Clean Drinking Water to Villages in Africa

In the rural Sub-saharan Africa, millions of people share their domestic water sources with animals or rely on unprotected wells that are breeding grounds for pathogens. The Mission Office has received a number of applications from our missions in Africa seeking financial help towards providing safe and clean drinking water in the remote villages of countries like Chad and Tanzania. Any contribution towards this noble cause of providing clean drinking water to the villages in Africa  will be much appreciated.

Education

The Congregation has a large network of educational institutions chiefly in India and Africa. We are looking for help to establish several more schools in our newly opened missions where no such facilities are available. We are grateful to you and appreciate your generosity. The two schools we are managing in Chad are growing very fast. The Mission is now planning to start a school in Ngaoundere in North Cameroon. It is going to be a huge investment which will certainly benfit a large number of children who have no other possibility of receiving a good education. Your generous contributions are solicited.

Freundeskreis in Jubilee Year

It was on 10th November 2005 that our Verein „Freundeskreis der Missionare des Hl. Franz von Sales/Fransalianer e.V. „ was established in Mömbris. The year 2015 is therefore a jubilee year for our Verein. We thank God for all the good work that we have been able to accomplish during these past years on behalf of so many needy people  in the missions. I am immensely grateful to all the founding members of our Verein as well as the present vorstand and all the registered members for their keen interest in mobilizing funds to support our missions. The Verein has around 50 registered members besides some 150 regular donors.  In this jubilee year we would like to see an increase in the number of registered members as well as in the number of donors. Hearty welcome to join hands with us for the noble cause of bringing education and development into some of the least developed regions of the world.  May the Joy, Peace and Blessings of this Christmas be with all of us in  the New Year and in the years to come. May this Christmas strengthen our resolve to reach out to the poorest of the poor. 

Yours cordially,

 

Greetings from Chad-Cameroon

Dear Friends of  Fransalians,

Greetings from the Fransalians in Chad-Cameroon Mission. First of all I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Christmas and a blessed and prosperous New Year. Christmas is a feast of great joy and hope for the world. It is a family feast. Bonds of solidarity, fraternity, mutual acceptance, unconditional and unselfish love, loving care and attention are some of the elements that keep a family united and joyful.

The Fransalian Mission of Chad-Cameron has just completed 15 years of its existence.  We are now 42 members as a family of missionaries.: 16 priests, 10 students in theology and   philosophy,  2 novices, 6 pre-novices and 8 postulants.  Our two missions in CHAD namely BERO and DOBA are making tremendous progress.  DOBA Mission now consists of a large parish with a college, high school and a home for destitute children. In BERO too we have a primary school with a Boys’ Home attached to it and several  additional infrastructure constructed during the past few years. 

LA FEUILLETTE  in Ngoya just outside the capital city of Yaoundé is indeed  the “Mother House”  of  Chad- Cameroon Mission and continues to play a vital role in the formation of local vocations.  14 priests have passed out from this house completing their theological formation during the past 15 years.  There are now 14 seminarians  under formation. EKEKAM  and EBANG are two missions entrusted to the Fransalians in Central Cameroon. A lot of work has been done towards the integral development of these missions. At Ekekam, a village chapel, a multipurpose hall and  a priests’ residence were built besides providing clean drinking water to the villages through a number of wells dug during the past few years.  EKOUMDOUM,  a mission on the outskirts of Yaoundé city is another flourishing mission. The local people continue to be very resourceful and enthusiastic in completing the construction of  a beautiful parish church there.  We are also entrusted with two University Chaplaincies, one at NGAOUNDERE in North Cameroon and another at BUEA in the South-West of Cameroon. Our  ministry to the thousands of students in these two Universities calls for special  skills like patient listening, cheerful availability, gentle and fraternal counseling. MBE-KARNA and BEREM are two other Missions in NGAOUNDERE where we have initiated a project of providing clean and safe drinking water to the villagers.

Our youngest mission at KOKOBOUMA in the South-West of Cameroon is facing a major crisis as Fr. Mathew Kavithazha, the first missionary there had a severe attack of malaria and typhoid and had to return to India. The future of this mission therefore remains uncertain. As upcoming projects, two new schools are proposed for the immediate future, one at Ngaoundèrè and another at Ekoumdoum. We are extremely grateful to the numerous friends, benefactors and well wishers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland who support us spiritually and financially for the growth and well being of our mission. Having already 10 major  Centres, Chad-Cameroon Mission is  making good progress and therefore  we feel the need for support from outside more than ever. We assure you  our prayers and wish you  good health and God’s blessings.

Yours in Christ, 

GREETINGS FROM PATER THOMAS CHERUKAT IN ROME

Dear Friends of Fransalians,

Greetings and good wishes to each one of you from the newly established Mission Office in Rome. The Mission Office has been set up in a small room at the MSFS Prokura in Via del Mascherino 46, very close to the Vatican. It was inaugurated on 24 January 2014. The new Mission Office is the co-ordinating centre for the pastoral and developmental activities of the Congregation in 26 countries. It is a new venture of the  Congregation at the global level and for me personally, it is also a new beginning.  Trusting in God and relying on the generosity and goodwill of so many friends and benefactors, I look forward to carry out this new responsibility of supporting our numerous missions in the world especially in Africa.

Apart from Chad-Cameroon, the Fransalians are  now working in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. The main focus of the new Mission Office in Rome will certainly be on the African Continent besides India, Brazil and the Philippines. The Congregation has invested a great number of missionary personnel in these countries and has established quite a few new missions. One of the major initiatives of the Congregation in Africa is the establishment of the Lumen Christi Institute at Arusha in Tanzania. This Institute has been designed and developed as a Human Resource Development Centre with a strong emphasis on leadership training at the local level and the empowerment of women and youth. The Mission Office in Rome is directly involved in the various programs and projects taken up by the Institute. A major project aimed at providing safe and clean drinking water to the Institute and to the people of the neighbouring villages are now in its planning stage. Similar projects are already underway in Chad and Cameroon.

I am happy to gratefully acknowledge the overwhelming support I receive from so many of you, our friends and well-wishers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I would like to make a special mention here of the good work being done by the members of our „Verein Freundeskreis der Fransalianer“ in Moembris, Aschaffenburg. I also thank the many well-wishers in Germany and Austria who send regular financial contribution for our work in the missions through the Verein. I am confident that in course of time the Verein will also be able to extend its support to other parts of Africa .   

As for Chad-Cameroon, we have some good news. A very young and dynamic priest, Fr. Manoj Arackal has been appointed Mission Superior. He took charge on 15 May 2014. Fr. Manoj has sufficient experience in the Mission. He hails  from India and had arrived in Cameroon as a student. He did his theological studies in Cameroon and was ordained priest in 2007.  After his ordination he has been working as the pastor of Ekekam and Ebang near Yaounde with great success. We wish Fr. Manoj a successful tenure as the Mission Superior and assure him our prayers and support. We are also grateful to Fr. Joshy Nellimalamattam who has been the Mission Superior for the past 6 years shouldering the heavy responsibility of developing the infant mission into a more confident and mature mission. Fr. Joshy  continues to work at Ekoumdoum Mission as its pastor.  We wish him much joy and success in his ministry.

Greetings  to our Friends in Austria

I am happy to announce that Fr. Sen  Vellakada, one of our confreres  in Vienna has organized a group  of friends in Austria who have pledged their support for our missions in Africa. They are indeed happy to collaborate with our Verein in Moembirs. Fr. Sen is currently pusuing a doctoral program at the University of Vienna. I thank our good friends and benefactors in Austria for their keen interest and generosity in supporting our work. I thank Fr. Sen Vellakada for taking his precious time in finding support for our missions and for his readiness to be the contact person and animator of the group in Austria. Fr. Sen may be contacted under the following address:  P. Sen Vellakada, MSFS, Stiftplatz 1, 3400 Klosterneuburg,  Oesterreich. Tel. 0043 2243411158 / 00436764414906  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I conclude this note expressing once again my deep-felt gratitude to each one of you in Germany, Austria and in Switzerland for what you are and for all what you do for the missions. „God loves a cheerful giver“ (2 Kor.9.7). If any one of you  have a plan to visit  Rome, please feel free to contact me for any assistance you may need in the Eternal City. You are most welcome to drop in at our Mission Office in Via del Mascherino, 46/2.

With warm regards,

P. Dr. Thomas Cherukat, MSFS

DIREKTOR
Procura delle Missioni
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GREETINGS FROM THE NEW MISSION SUPERIOR IN CHAD-CAMEROON

My dear Friends of Fransalians,  

Greetings of love and peace to each one of you from Yaoundé, Cameroon. This is the first time I am writing to you as the Mission Superior of Chad-Cameroon Mission. I reach out to you, our friends and well wishers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland  with a grateful heart acknowledging the much needed support that we receive from you regularly.  I took charge as the Mission Superior of Chad-Cameroon  on 15th of May 2014. I would like to place on record the good work  done by my predecessors  Fr. Thomas Cherukat and Fr.Joshy Nellimalmattam. I offer my sincere gratitude to them for the great work accomplished in this Mission during the past 15 years. With much  patience and perseverance they toiled hard and truly laid a strong foundation for this  flourishing  Mission of Chad-Cameroon.

I gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the support and encouragement we have received from you our friends, benefactors and well wishers in pioneering this very challenging but satisfying mission in these  Sub- Saharan countries of Africa. I am happy to give you here below a glimpse of our developmental activities in Chad and Cameroon. We, the Fransalians have just completed 15 years of our presence in Chad-Cameroon.  When we look back to those 15 years we can only thank God for his providential care and guidance. Today we are 15 priests 5 students in philosophy and theology, 5 novices, 4 pre-novices  and        4 postulants and a good many aspirants. We are blessed with numerous indigenous vocations . The contnuity of  these missions are thus well assured and the future is full of hope.The struggles of learning new languages, and living with the constant threat of  malaria, typhoid and so many such deadly diseases, adapting to an alien culture and  a hostile climate make the life of a missionary quite challenging. But the joy of a new dawn for the large number of impoverished and disadvantaged people in this part of the world  makes these struggles a labour of love and a seed of hope. With God’s grace and with the prayers and financial support of so many good people around the world we have been able to do much during the past 15 years. I would like to highlight a few of our recent achievements especially in our missions in Chad and North Cameroon.

A MULTIPURPOSE HALL:  A multi-purpose hall has been built at Bero in Chad. The entire population of Bero benefit from this project. A number of formation programmes for the people are conducted regularly in this hall. Regular meetings, seminars and courses aimed at the formation of  all sections of society besides a literacy program for the adults are held here.

CLEAN AND SAFE  DRINKING WATER: Lack of safe and clean drinking water is one of the major problems faced by the population of Bero. Every year, during and after the rainy season, there is high infant mortality in these parts of the country mainly due to the consumption of contaminated water from the open wells and stagnant pools and tanks. These water sources are often accessed by domestic animals and open to all sorts of contamination.  It has been identified that the main cause of the outbreak of malaria, typhoid, jaundice and cholera in this  region is the lack of safe and clean drinking water. During the past few years we have been able to help the people to safeguard more than 15 wells with  proper retention walls in order to prevent them from contamination.  A number of villages are identified where we can help the people to have safe and clean water by digging bore wells or protecting the existing water sources from contamination.

EDUCATION:  St. Bakhita Primary School, Bero:  „Education of the heart is the heart of Education“ said our founder, Fr. Peter Mermier. The fight against illiteracy and ignorance is a serious challenge that we face in Chad and North Cameroon. Mass illiteracy continues to plague this region. Schools are too few and overcrowded.  Accepting this challenge, the Fransalians had started a community school at Bero in a thatched shed in the year 2003. Thanks tot he generosity of so many good benefactors we have been able to construct a good school in Bero with a strength of nearly 400 children. However, lack of adequate number of competent  teachers is a cause of worry and concern. There are very few locals who are qualified for the teaching task. We need to find the resources to pay an adequate remuneration  in order to ensure that qualified teachers are available for this village school. SFS Boys‘ Home:  A  Boy’s Home was started in Bero to provide an integrated formation to the very poor but talented  chidlren. At present there are 40 children  in this Home. Most of the boys are orphans or semi-orphans. We are looking for sponsors for these children as the Mission is not able to meet all their needs. The existing boys‘ home needs extension to admit more such children. St. Comboni High School in Doba: The Fransalians began working in the Daniel Comboni Mission in Doba in the year 2009. With the help of some donor agencies and the support of friends and benefactors we have been able to upgrade an existing primary school in this Mission by constructing 9 more class rooms. At present there are 408 children in the primary section and 260 in the secondary section. The High School section was inaugurated on 10 May 2014. Classes are due to begin in September 2014.

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR HELP

I would like to solicit your help for the following projects and needs of this mission.  

  • Adoption at Distance :  Most of the children in our schools in Bero and Doba are extremely poor. We would welcome sponsors for these children under our adoption at distance program. A monthly contribution of Euro 10.00  (Euro Ten Only) can meet the educational expenses of a child for an year ( Euro 120.00).  
  • Teachers‘ Fund:  Make a contribution to pay the teachers in our schools an adequate remuneration.
  • Drinking Water Projects : The total cost of one bore-well to be completed with a hand pump in Bero (Chad) and in Berem ( North Cameroon)   is estimated at  approximately  Euro 2000.00  (Euro Two Thousand  Only)
  • School Extension Fund in Bero:  We would like to upgrade the existing primary school at Bero to a secondary school for which we need to build up the necessary infrastructure.
  • Transport:  The difficult and dangerous terrain in our missions with mostly mud roads pose the greatest challenge for our missionaries to cover the long distances in blazing sun to reach out to the remote villages. Public transport is non-existent in these regions. The Mission cannot afford new vehicles. Often we depend on second-hand vehicles coming from Europe which are not cheap either. Redpairs of such vehicles are quite expensive too.
  • Formation and Sustenance of the Missionary Personnel: The missionary personnel in the mission needs to find support for their sustenance and the medical care. Mass offerings are one way of meeting this need.

We shall ever be grateful to you for your kind gesture of solidarity with the poor.  May God bless you.

Yours cordially

Fr. Manoj Xavier Arackal, MSFS

Mission Superior, Chad Cameroon Mission
La Feuillette, B.P.185 (c.287), Yaoundé, Cameroon

Tel.  +237  9714 06 23

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