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LATEST NEWS  2015

ARCHDIOCESAN 2015 YOUTH CAMP: ST JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC COMPREHENSIVE COLLEGE, JOPACC WUM: Monday 27 July -Sunday 2 August
Nearly one thousand Youth from all the Archdiocese of Bamenda converged on JOPACC, Wum for the 2015 Youth Camp under the theme: Youth and the Family. These youth received talks on the role of children in the Christian Family, on the challenges to the Family today and on how they can prepare themselves within the family to be leaders of today and tomorrow.  Fr Gatient Ngah the Archdiocesan Youth Chaplain expressed deep satisfaction at the level of discussions that went on in workshops after the talks. The Archbishop, His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua, officially closed the camp on Sunday 2 August with a call to all the youth to bear witness to Christ and to evangelize their own peers.
 
BIANNIAL MEETING OF PRIESTS OF THE BAMENDA ECCLESIASTICAL PROVINCE: Bambui 20 -23 July 2015
300 priests from the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province held their Provincial biannial meeting at the St Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary Bambui from Monday 20 -Thursday 23 July 2015. Most of the priests arrived on Monday and the official opening began with a Pontifical Holy Mass celebrated by His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua, Archbishop of Bamenda, who in the name of all the Bishops welcomed the priests to Bambui. After Mass the Chairman of the Association of Diocesan Priests (ADP) officially declared the meeting opened and Reports from different dioceses were given by the respective Diocesan chairmen of Buea, Mamfe, Kumbo and Bamenda. Discussions followed each report. On Wednesday there was the presentation of the position paper on the 2015 Homeletic Directory issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Priests were exhorted to keep strictly to the directory. There was also a very animated discussion on the issue of the Retirement of Diocesan Priests for which there was no clear cut policy laid down. The ADP therefore chose a group led by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Bamenda, Mgr George Tomrilla Ngalim- to work out a clear policy. Various ways of raising money for this purpose were also explored and discussed. The biannial meeting came to an end on Thursday morning 23 July with a final communique. The next meeting will take place in Kumbo Diocese in 2017.



BRIEF HISTORY OF ARCHDIOCESE
1970-2015

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-Chamba, the Bafut and Ngemba); Momo (peopled by the Widikum,Moghamo,Menemo, Ngie, Ngwo and Menka); Menchum ( inhabited by the Aghem, Mmen, Fungom,Esu, Esimbi and Beba-Befang people); Boyo (peopled by the  Kom and Bum ); and Ngoketunjia (inhabited by a number of chiefdoms -Bamunka, Babungo, Bangolan, Baba, Babessi, Bafanji, Nsei, Balikumbat and Bambalang).   The overwhelming majority of these people are self-employed peasant farmers. Industrial activity is virtually nonexistent but the population is very dynamic and a lot of commerce goes on especially in the major towns. This area has some of the best educational institutions in the Republic of Cameroon at all levels; but it is also the political hot pot of Cameroon opposition. Today the Archdiocese has a population of 1.457.053 of the 2.023.695 inhabitants of the North West Region. 22% of the population are Christians of varied denominations, 13% adherents of Islam; 7% adherents of African Traditional Religion and the rest pockets of different Western and Eastern religions about 3%. The Archdiocese of Bamenda is divided into 31 Parishes and 9 Quasi Parishes grouped into 7 deaneries for easy pastoral administration - NJINIKOM, MANKON, WIDIKUM, BAMBUI, NDOP, BAMBUI & BAFUT each named after the oldest Parish of the Deanery.

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- Tuesday 14 July. Over 300 Aspirants and 40 different delegates of various Congregations were present. The Archbishop of Bamenda, His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua, officially opened the camp with a Pontifical Holy Mass on Friday 10 July.  



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 2015-2016 YEAR

Some of the main transfers for 2015/2016 include - Archbishop's House: Fr Paul Nyuykighan Remjika-Private Secretary to the Archbishop/Chaplain Social Welfare; Fr George Tomrilla Ngalim- Vicar General Adjunct; Mankon: Fr Leonard Akiumbene-curate; Akum- Fr Anthony Viban PP; Fr Joseph Ateh-part time curate; Santa: Fr Eric Paschal Ndzie- curate; Njinteh- Fr Leo Asanga Ndanjong-curate; Ntambeng: Fr Ignatius Beriliy PP & a seminarian.


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