LATEST NEWS 2015
ARCHDIOCESAN 2015 YOUTH CAMP: ST JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC COMPREHENSIVE COLLEGE, JOPACC WUM: Monday 27 July -
BIANNIAL MEETING OF PRIESTS OF THE BAMENDA ECCLESIASTICAL PROVINCE: Bambui 20 -
300 priests from the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province held their Provincial biannial meeting at the St Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary Bambui from Monday 20 -
BRIEF HISTORY OF ARCHDIOCESE
The Bull of Pope Paul VI, Tametsi Christianarum of 13 August 1970 erected the Diocese of Bamenda with teritory detached from the then Diocese of Buea which covered what is today the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province. Fr Paul Verdzekov, was appointed as its pioneer bishop. On the 18 March 1982 Pope John Paul II created the Bamenda Ecclesiatical Province by the Bull Eo Magis Ecclesia Catholica, making Bamenda the Metropolitan See and Bishop Paul Verdzekov, Archbishop. By the same Bull, the Pope erected the Diocese of Kumbo with territory detached from the Archdiocese of Bamenda and Fr Cornelius Fontem Esua, from Mbetta, as pioneer bishop. Kumbo, and Buea, became Suffragrans of the Metropolitan See of Bamenda. On 9 February 1999, Pope John Paul II erected the Diocese of Mamfe, with territory detached from the Diocese of Buea and Fr. Francis Teke Lysinge, from the Bakweri tribe, as pioneer bishop. Mamfe was also assigned as suffragran of Bamenda. On 31 May 2011, Fr Agapitus Nfon, priest of Kumbo, was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda. The Archdiocese of Bamenda lies between the 5th and 7th latitudes North, and between the 9th and 11th degrees East longitude. It covers an area of 10.000 square kilometres and Bamenda is the Seat of the Archdiocese is in the city of Bamenda, the Civil Administrative Headquarters of the N.W. Region of Cameroon. The archdiocese comprises of the Civil Administrative Divisions of Mezam (inhabited mostly by Bali-
CELEBRATION OF THE PASTORAL WEEK 2015 The theme for the 2015 Pastoral Week for the Archdiocese of Bamenda is: Come out of yourselves and Wake up the World. It is taken from and inspired by the Letter of Pope Francis on the Year of the Consecrated Life. Pastoral Week celebrations which were going on at the level of the SCCs will come to an end on Tuesday 30 June 2015. As from Wednesday 1 July 2015, the celebration is supposed to take place in all Mission Stations of the Archdiocese. In August celebrations will take place at the level of the Parishes; then in September at the Deaneries. The climax will be the celebration at the level of the Archdiocese in October 2015.
VOCATIONS CAMP 2015
The Archdiocesan 2015 Vocations Camp took place in Ancilla Catholic Comprehensive College, Wossing, Bali from Thursday 9-
BISHOP AGAPITUS ORDAINS 21 DEACONS 29 June 2015
The Auxiliary bishop of Bamenda, His Lordship Agapitus Nfon ordained 21 deacons in the St Joseph Metropolitan Cathedral, Mankon on Monday 29 June 2015. 11 of these were incardinated into the Archdiocese of Bamenda; 3 into Buea; 2 each for the Diocese of Kumbo and the Capuchin Friary; and 1 each for the Diocese of Mamfe, Bafoussam and Berberati in the Central African Republic. In his homily Bishop Agapitus called on these young deacons to live beyond the expectations of the world; show more detachment and commitment to God.
DEATH AND BURIAL OF PROF. CHRISTIAN MOFOR: 23 June 2015
The very Rev. Prof. Christian Mofor, former Rector of the St Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Bambui; former Vice Chancellor of the Catholic University of Central Africa (UCCAC), Nkolbisson, Yaounde; and former Catholic Education Secretary for the Archdiocese of Bamenda, died in St Elizabeth's Catholic Hospital Shisong on Thursday morning 11 June 2015. His mortal remains were taken out of the mortuary in Shisong on 22 June , first Mass in Melim his home village, academic honours in the Catholic University Bamenda followed by masses in the cathedral and then on Wednesday 23 burial.
TRANSFERS OF PRIESTS FOR 2015-
Some of the main transfers for 2015/2016 include -