Who can deny it? The Church in Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province in particular and Cameroon in general is alive and kicking. The anniversaries and jubilees that have been celebrated and those the Church is looking forward to celebrating, attest to this truism. They confirm the Church that is in Cameroon has come of age. These encouraging milestones are taking place at a time Europe, the continent that brought the Catholic faith to Africa; perhaps from age, complacency and the belief in the predominance of reason over faith; a combination or all of these, is suffering from a crisis of faith.
INTRODUCTION On December 31, 2012 it will be exactly 100 years since the first missionaries came to Kumbo to bring us the Catholic Faith. These first missionaries to evangelise the territory that is now the Diocese of Kumbo were the German Sacred Heart Fathers of St. Quentin. They arrived in Kumbo on the December 31, 1912. On January 1, 1913, they started the first mission in Shisong and that very day, they celebrated their first ever Holy Mass in Shisong. And so December 2012 will mark the centenary of the arrival of the faith in our Diocese. This calls for a celebration.
Within the framework of an initiative, The Distinction of African Independence 50th Anniversary Personalities, Douala Emeritus Archbishop Christian Cardinal Tumi was on Saturday, November 27, awarded a medal in Sorbonne’s grand amphitheatre in Paris, France.
Thousands of Christians and hundreds of Priests and Religious from the nooks and crannies of Bamenda Archdiocese and beyond converged on the Mankon St. Joseph’s Metropolitan Cathedral Friday, November 26, 2010 to take part in a Pontifical High Mass that brought an end to activities that marked the Ruby Jubilee of the erection of Bamenda Diocese. The event gave Bamenda Archdiocese an occasion to evaluate how far it has come, where it is now, the relationship with its partners and the direction it is heading towards. Much has been done in 40 years as far as evangelisation and infrastructural development are concerned, but major challenges remain as 40 years is time enough to look beyond itself. Take a panoramic view of this historic event with L’Effort Camerounais.
Archbishops and Bishops who concelebrated Jubilee Mass Friday, November 26, 2010 has gone down in history as a memorable day for the laity, religious and priests, friends, benefactors and well-wishers of Bamenda Archdiocese, who all gathered at St. Joseph’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Big Mankon, to celebrate the closing Mass of the Ruby Jubilee of the erection of Bamenda Diocese.
The Bishop of Portsmouth Mgr. Crispian Hollis, on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, rounded off his fifth and last visit to Bamenda Archdiocese. He was invited to Bamenda to take part in activities marking 40 years of the erection Bamenda Diocese, though the visit was also pastoral.
Mgr. Cornelius Fontem Esua- Archbishop of Bamenda The liturgy and participation has been wonderful. Delegations from all our parishes and the faithful participated actively. It has been a moment of grace for all of us and we are looking forward to the next 40 years with hope and the Lord’s Grace will surely accompany us.