If a country were built on speeches alone, Cameroon will ineluctably be a citadel of development. If a country’s economic take-off and growth were tied to carefully-worded growth strategies alone, Cameroon would have been miles ahead of many countries. If slogans alone could kick-start a lethargic disoriented people into action, Cameroonians would have long rolled back their sleeves and fell behind their ploughs. But despite the abundance of speeches that whet many an appetite, carefully crafted development strategies and slogans, Cameroon remains caught in an underdevelopment and non-accomplishment vicious circle. Why?
As has been the case since the inception of the Church in Cameroon, the lay faithful, priests and Religious, have been working together and have ensured the Church’s exponential spiritual and material growth. Such commitment did not weaver in 2011. L’Effort Camerounais revisits and highlights some of those awarded in the Church in 2011 not to project them as heroes, but only to show that the Church needs more labourers in 2012. The focus is not exhaustive or representative of the overall efforts made in 2011. It is only a random sampling which shows that the Church was alive and kicking in 2011 and could be even more so in 2012.
Prior to the Second Vatican Council, the situation of the laity in the Church was never a happy one. Clerical dominance notoriously marked the Church as only those in cassock, the collar and religious habits could make their voices heard.
Bamenda Archbishop, Auxiliary Bishop and appointed Mgrs
On the occasion of the celebration of the Ruby Jubilee of the erection of the Diocese of Bamneda in November 2010, the archdiocesan College of Consultors and Steering Committee recommended that some Laity and clergy be proposed to the Holy See for Pontifical Awards to recognise and appreciate their contribution in diverse ways to the work of evangelisation and/or Christian witness in Bamenda Archdiocese.
Douala CMA members urged to help in building the Church
Although a countless number of Christians has been and will continue working for the Church’s spiritual and material growth in Douala Archdiocese, some apostolic groups, priests and lay faithful stood out in 2011, either on the basis of their numerical strength, their commitment and risk taken to uphold Christian ideals, or the quality of their work.
Bamenda Maryvale Institute graduated its 7th batch of students on Saturday, December 1, during a solemn ceremony organised at St. Joseph Metropolitan Cathedral Mankon. One of the key attractions was an instructor who marked 30 years as a catechist.
The Archbishop of Douala, His grace Samuel Kleda, has called on Christians of his archdiocese to dedicate the New Year, 2012, to God, ask for His blessings and pray for peace in the world. His Grace Samuel Kleda was speaking on January 2, 2012, Feast of Mary, Mother of God, at the courtyard of SS Peter and Paul’s Cathedral Douala, during a Pontifical Mass celebrated on the occasion of the 45th World Day of Prayer for Peace in Douala Archdiocese.
Kumbo Council has introduced the first wedding medals and post cards in Cameroon. The innovation was made public recently during the council's budgetary session in which FCFA 847 Million was voted as the budget for Kumbo Urban Council for 2012.
The first Canon Law Association in Cameroon, with headquarters at the Catholic University of Central Africa, UCAC, Yaoundé, was created on December 1, 2011.It resulted from a colloquium that brought together all 22 Canon Lawyers in Cameroon.