Glorify the Lord with me; together, let us praise his name.” (Ps. 34:4)
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Honouring Mary in a special way, we dedicate the month of October as the month
of the Holy Rosary. Mary, being the Mother of Jesus is so close to him that
everything we ask from her, is immediately whispered to her Son. “Since the
prayers of the Rosary come from such excellent sources – from Our Lord Himself,
from inspired Scripture, and from the Church – it is not surprising that the Rosary
is so dear to our Blessed Mother and so powerful with heaven.” (Mary in our Life
by Fr William G Most). Like Jesus who loves his Mother, we, too are invited to
imitate his love towards Mary by praying the Rosary.
“The rosary is an accessible reminder of the constant prayer of the Church, the
incessant prayer of God’s people throughout the ages. The Psalter of Mary, as the
rosary is sometimes called, is a remembrance of the Church’s deepest nature as a
community of continual prayer.” (Pope Leo XIII, 1896) With these words, I
encourage you to pray the Holy Rosary daily as a family, as a community and as a
parish for peace, justice and reconciliation in our country, for the end of the Covid
19 pandemic and for more vocations to the priestly and religious life. Likewise, let
us include Pope Francis’ “prayer intention for the month of October, calling on
everyone to pray that all Christians might be missionary disciples and open to the
demands of the Church’s evangelizing mission”. (Devin Watkins, Vatican News, 31
NEWS NEWS NEWS
1. PRIESTLY ORDINATION:
Fr Fereks Nangolo was ordained on 26 June 2021 at R C M Oshikuku.
Fr Linus Shipena was ordained on 03 July 2021 at Christ the King
Fr David Paulus and Fr Kristofelius Andreas were ordained on the
same day of 24 July 2021 at Peter Canisius Parish of Anamulenge.
Dc Eliazer Keendjele Nakakuwa, OMI is scheduled to be ordained on
13 November 2021 at R C M Okatana.
Dc Max Hambabi Haundapiti, OMI likewise is scheduled to be
ordained on 20 November 2021 at St Theresa of the Child Jesus, Ongha.
2. DIACONATE ORDINATION:
Dcc Protasius Uuyuni from Oshikuku Pastoral Region, is scheduled to
be ordained as a permanent married Deacon on 14 November 2021 at
Oshikuyu R C Community. Mr Protasius is born on 25 October 1970,
married to Mrs Leocardia Endjala on 23 August 2003 and has two
children. He is a teacher by profession.
Br Antonius Tshivute Alugodhi, OMI was ordained a Deacon on 09
October 2021 at St Joseph’s OMI Scholasticate, Cedara, South Africa
by Archbishop Siegfried Mandla Jwara, CMM, Archdiocese of
During the course of the last few months, confirmation was conducted at the
PARISH Number PARISH Number
Khomasdal 21 Khomasdal 19
St Joseph’s – Dobra 40 Holy Redeemer Parish – Katutura 65
St Boniface – Pionierspark 26 St Mary’s Cathederal 66
4. PROFESSION OF VOWS: FINAL
4.1 Final Vows:
SMIC: Sr Helena Kasiku Simuku, SMIC – final vows on 02 October
2021 at Gunichas RCM.
Sr Emma Aindongo, OSB Sr Grace Kakweno, OSB
Sr Mercy Gabriel, OSB Sr Ester Andowa, OSB
Sr Cherubina Shiningeni, OSB Sr Theophora Hamukwaya, OSB
Sr Prisca Shilongo, OSB Sr Ottilia Mukwangu, OSB
Sr Hildegard Kandjimbi, OSB
The abovementioned 9 Sisters made their Final vows on 16 October
2021 at St Benedict’s Priory House Chapel – Windhoek.
Congratulations to all for this milestone in your lives. Be assured of our continuous
5. TRANSFERS AND APPOINTMENTS:
5.1 Fr Apolinarius Martin has been appointed as a care-taker Priest of
Tsumeb Pastoral area after the death of Fr Benjamin Sheelongo, effective 01 September 2021.
5.2 Fr Erastus Kapena Shimbome, OMI – was re-appointed as Provincial Superior of the Oblate Province of Namibia, on 24
September 2021 by the Superior General, Fr Louis Lougen, OMI. Congratulations, Fr KK.
5.3 Fr Jijesh Paul, MSFS – is being transferred as from end of December 2021 to early next year (2022) for further studies.
We thank him for his contribution, especially to the youth, towards the Local Church.
5.4 Fr Sydney Sakala, OMI – originally from Zambia has received his
Obedience for Namibia from the Superior General and has been
assigned by the Provincial to work in R C M Anamulenge. We
welcome him whole-heartedly.
5.5 Fr Clement Tsita, OMI – has been transferred from Gunichas R C
M to Rundu Vicariate and was replaced by Fr Joseph Nakakuwa as
an acting Parish Priest.
5.6 Sr Celine Mariya Xavier, SJC – who arrived in 2017 in Namibia was
re-assigned to India and departed on 05 December 2020. She
worked among others at RCH hospital, doing voluntary work and
counselling of patients.
5.7 Sisters Antonia Mersch, SMIC and Adelinde Terhort, SMIC left for
good to Germany on 01 October 2021. Sr Antonia and Sr Adelinde
arrived in Namibia in 1968 and 1962 respectively as missionaries.
We thank them for their efforts to build up the Local Church over
so many years.
6. GENERAL INFORMATION
6.1 The SMIC – Congregation has decided to shift their
Formation House to R C M Epukiro. The local community
has embraced the idea and welcomes the Sisters whole-heartedly.
The movement will take place early next year (2022). The Sisters
will be involved both in pastoral activities and development
projects (e.g. gardening, bakery, etc.).
6.2 XXVIII World Youth Day: The Holy Father has announced
that it will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 1-6 August 2023,
with the theme: “Mary arose and went with haste” (Lk 1:39). I do
hereby call upon the youth in our parishes to be pro-active, under
the guidance of those previous participants in preparing for this
WYD event around our Shepherd Pope Francis who said, “may
young people’s evangelization be active and missionary, for this is
how they will recognize and witness the presence of the living
6.3 St Joseph’s Year Celebration: This year was declared the Year
of St Joseph by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, as from 08
December 2020 until 08 December 2021. May our devotion to him
help us to be committed to follow his example of obedience,
humility and care towards our families, that is, to live according to
the example of the Holy Family.
6.4 Synod 2023 Process: The theme for this Synod: “For a Synodal
Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”. The process
was solemnly opened on 9-10 October 2021 in Rome and on 17
October in each particular Church. The celebration of the XVI
Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October
2023 will be the fundamental stage. It will be followed by the
implementation phase that will again involve the particular
Churches (cf EC, arts 19-21). In this Synod, Pope Francis invites
the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life
and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God
expects of the Church of the third millennium.” Synodality is ‘the
form, the style, and the structure of the Church (Preparatory
Document). “The synodal process is first and foremost a
SPIRITUAL PROCESS. It is NOT a mechanical data-gathering
exercise or a series of meetings and debates. It is a LISTENING
process that helps us in ‘journeying together’ to discern what God
is asking from us as Church during this time, the times we live in.”
This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal”
proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task:
by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that
has been made, the Church will be able to learn through Her
experience which processes can help Her to live communion, to
achieve participation, to open Herself to mission. Our “journeying
together” is, in fact, what most effectively enacts and manifests the
nature of the Church as the pilgrim and missionary People of God.
6.5 Spiritual On-going Formation/Renewal: In the light of the
newly elected Parish Pastoral Council officers, Catechists Training
Courses, Youth Leadership Upgrading and Charismatic groups
which were organized in the Archdiocese helped them really to
experience growth in their Faith as they prepare for their special
ministry in their respective parish communities. Most of them
found it useful and encouraging in their faith formation. The youth
were given workshops in Leadership to enable them to lead or
animate others to Christ and to have a better understanding of the
6.6 October Month: as a month of the rosary, it has united
communities and families through this powerful prayer as we
prayed for different needs of our world: end of wars, hatred,
corruption particularly in our country and specially in our
families. Although in some communities the attendance was good,
in others were minimal. The holy Father’s intention called us “to
pray that all Christians might be missionary disciples and open to
the demands of the Church’s evangelizing mission”. (Vatican
News, 31 Sept 2021).
6.7 Universal Mission Sunday: called us all to reflect on our
baptismal commitment. Furthermore, it reminded us to actively
be involved in the mission of the universal, local Church and as
individual disciples of Jesus Christ. The missionary collection we
offer is a sign of Baptismal Solidarity – although it seems to have
been disrupted by Covid-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the Holy
Father, Pope Francis has chosen as a theme for 2022 Mission
Sunday: “You will be my witnesses.” – Eritis mihi testes (At 1, 8a).
Thus, we have enough time to prepare ourselves in the parishes by
being actively involved in missionary work, thus, being at the
Service of the Universal Church.
6.8 General Chapter 2021 of the Brothers of Our Lady Mother
of Mercy: The CMM Regional Superior has announced their GC
to take place on 09-30 November 2021 at Tilburg, the
Netherlands. Let us keep them in prayer during this Leadership
6.9 OFM-Cap Councilor’s Visit: Rev Fr Mathew Sebastian
Mulangacherryil, OFM-Cap came to Namibia to visit his confreres
as from 10 October-01 November 2021. In the Archdiocese, the
Capuchins are working in St Michael’s Pastoral District (Outjo).
6.10 Priests’ Meetings during November 2021
09/11/2021 Archdiocesan Finance Committee (09h00-
09/11/2021 College of Consultors (15h00-17h00) – this is
changed from 11/11/2021 owing to the priestly ordination in
10/11/2021 Presbyteral Council (08h00-12h30)
10/11/2021 Deans’ Meeting (15h00-17h00)
All Priests’ Meeting will take place as scheduled from 30
November – 01 December 2021 at Dӧbra RC Mission.
6.11 Archdiocese Head Office holiday closure: This is to notify
all Church personnel and the general public that the Church Office
will be closed on 11/12/2021 until 10/01/2022. For emergency,
please contact the following numbers: Cell # 081 609 2922/081
616 7115 (Sr Steph) and/or 081 733 4044 (Sr Lydia).
I wish the staff a well-deserved vacation.
7. OUR SICK / DECEASED
We continue to pray for our sick and deceased brothers, sisters, and family,
friends and relatives especially those who suffered or succumbed as a
consequence of Covid-19 pandemic.
Sr Symphoria Damases, HC – died 13/01/2021 Pretoria, South Africa
– aged 100 yrs.
Fr Benjamin Sheelongo – died 15 June 2021 at Tsumeb State Hospital
and buried on 19/06/2021 at Oshikuku Mission.
All the deceased lay faithful in our parishes. May their souls rest in
God’s eternal peace.
Undoubtedly, no one can dispute the fact that this year was indeed, a
challenging year which was full of ups and downs so far, which calls us to re-
think our way of doing things or exercising our duties. The challenges which
our society is still facing, which still call us, as a Church, to be on board and
play our prophetic role are: food insufficiency, unemployment, corrupt
activities, abuses of any kind, sanitation and housing, and above all, the
unacceptable bills being contemplated by the Parliament (e.g. abortion).
Covid-19 still poses health risks, hence we need to continue taking necessary
precautions as provided for by the Health Authority – by washing hands,
sanitizing, social distancing and mask wearing. Furthermore, let us continue
to pray for the end of the pandemic through God’s mighty intervention. May
the God who walks with us in history provide us with all the graces and
blessings we need.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
+Most Rev. Archbishop Liborius N. Nashenda, OMI
ARCHDIOCESE OF WINDHOEK