By Dominique Morfaw
Yaoundé Catholic Men Association, CMA, members gathered at St. Luke's Parish Carrière on Sunday, April 29, for their 18th general assembly during which their national uniform was dedicated. The ceremony started with a High Mass with the diocesan chaplain, Rev. Fr. Kizito Forbi, as the chief celebrant.
Using the image of the good shepherd, Rev. Fr. Kizito Forbi said Christians should defend the church at all times as every Christian by virtue of his or her Baptism shares in the common priesthood of Jesus Christ. He called on St. Joseph members to be examples of love, better husbands and parents. "Catholic men should be servants of the word of God," he appealed.
He said the national uniform should dignify those who wear it. "May the garment be a sign of an inner dedication to God," he prayed. As usual the CMA organised a special offertory to support church projects in St. Luke's Parish.
The CMA general assembly for Yaoundé Archdiocese followed after Mass. Addressing the assembly, the diocesan president, Denis Enonchong, said he was happy to see the Men of Honour dressed in the national uniform for the first time. He said he was particularly grateful because it was in Yaoundé that the idea of a national uniform was born.
He said the uniform is a sign of unity among CMA in Cameroon, a means of identification and a symbol of love for CMA. Mr. Enonchong indicated the uniform must be used with dignity and respect. "Any misuse of the uniform shall be sanctioned," he warned.
Inspired by the last CMA dedication, the Catholic Women Association, CWA, diocesan president, Seraphine Tamabang, said husbands shall also be involved in the dedication of their wives into the Catholic Women Association.
Rev. Fr. Kizito Forbi appealed that CMA members should pray in their families as prayer is the key to success. He called on the Men of Honour to be good husbands and fathers. More engagement and responsibility for all CMA were the watch words. The next meeting will hold in Emmana in July 2012.