Each edition of the 'White Fathers / White Sisters' magazine ran a section entitled 'Round and About', keeping readers up-to-date with what was happening in the missions.
The following material, published during the late sixties / early seventies, provides us with an interesting overview of that period—and a unique opportunity to follow the working lives of some well-known and much-respected Priests, Brothers and Sisters from our past.
*In the summer of 1969 the White Fathers and Sisters merged their magazines.
|ROUND AND ABOUT February-March 1967
Fr H Regan (Tranent) from Oyo, Nigeria
Brother Cuthbert O'Neil (Bar ra) from Lusaka, Zambia
Fr E Brencher (Chester) to Zambia
Fr E Brady (Castletara) to Tanzania
Bro P Biewer (Middlesbrough) to Mwanza, Tanzania
Bro P Chambers (Rutherglen) to Kabgayi, Rwanda
Fr D Sherry (Crosshill) to Kasama, Zambia
Fr L Marchant (Lymm) to Rome for secretarial work in preparation for the Chapter
|'Round and About' February-March 1967|
Building being a speciality with Bro K Corbishley (Preston). He is deeply interested in the magnificent new cathedral going up at Virika, Fort Portal. It is to replace the one that was irreparably damaged by the earthquake earlier last year. Bishop McCauley of Fort Portal performed the ground-breaking ceremonies towards the end of the year. The new cathedral will be circular in shape with a diameter of 100 feet and a roof finished in local copper. The walls will be made of glass panels and the Stations of the Cross will be set into a wide 'Via Dolorosa' round the outside. A Kampala firm has the contract and the design is made to withstand further earthquakes.
Bro Corbishley is himself busy on a convent building site at Kasanga on the Congo border. He tells us that he recently visited Ibanda where Brother Black (Leeds) has started a hospital : three large wings, a doctor's house and a convent. The brick kilns are working overtime.
Life at Bole holds a major interest for Fr R Calcutt (Bromley), not the least item being the hair-raising trips on his Honda motorbike when visiting the parish schools. Bole parish is 140 miles long and language is one of the main problems. Most of the people speak Gonja but there are at least three other languages with a strong minority. The lack of trained catechists is another problem. They have only two, and are trying to train another three themselves as there is no room in the catechist training centres. A Credit union was launched a short while ago with the help of Fr T. Rathe (Scarborough) who has had a great deal to do with credit unions. Fr Calcutt sees him from time to time at Wa, 70 miles away, as he has to go there for his petrol.
The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria have decided to join other Christians in celebrating "Bible Sunday" each year. One of its purposes is to promote interest in the new "Bible Society of Nigeria", of which a Catholic priest is one of the Vice-Presidents. The Society exists to provide cheap editions of the Bible, particularly in the various Nigerian languages. The Bishops hope that it may be possible to publish Catholic editions of some of the Protestant - sponsored Nigerian language translations of the Bible.
Bro. A Gardner (Edinburgh) is very happy settled in his work at the Pastoral Centre of Kipalapala, Tabora. For the greater part of the year they are a very large community, the Centre having a maximum intake of 40 students. Both the Centre itself and the Sisters' Hostel are full to capacity. There are usually about six different Orders represented among the Fathers and Sisters, all of whom make up one happy community.
Besides being the Bursar, with all that that entails, Brother also supervises the sessions in the Language Laboratory. The students spend 45 minutes each afternoon in the laboratory practising on the ten available machines.
Fr L Ludden (Widnes) tells us he is in perfect health at St. Charles' Seminary, Itaga, with so much work on his hands that he has no time to worry about himself. Fr A. Whelan (Bradford), teaching at Kaengesa seminary, is changing places with him and taking over his English classes. Fr F Nolan (Burton) is settling in nicely and is in the process of discovering all the highways and byways of the surrounding countryside on his Honda 300. He is also at the stage of regarding with great suspicion everyone of the innumerable insects which appear in great numbers with the annual rains. This is just as well, apparently, for the scorpions are making a come-back this year. Researcher Fr A. Shorter (Stowmarket) is back from Tanzania and continuing his studies at Oxford. His last months took him to many places. He attended the consecration of Bishop Sangu of Mbeya and met Fr Whelan conducting the Kaengesa seminary band with great assurance and universal admiration. Library research then took him to Makerere College where he gave seminars in the Religious Studies and African Studies Departments.
On the way to Uganda he found excellent hosts in Bro. Kentigern (Glasgow) at Nyegezi, and Bro. G. Asoott (Dorking) at Katoke. The consecration of Archbishop Nsubuga took place while he was in Kampala, and although he only caught a distant glimpse of Fr J Smith (Liverpool), he renewed contact with Fr J O'Donohue (Manchester) and Fr T. MoKenna (Glasgow).
On the return journey he gave several hours to lectures and discussions with the students of the major seminary of Katigondo. A visit later to Dar-es-Salaam enabled him to complete further work with the National Archives and attend a conference on Oral History.
The German Catholic organisation of Misereor has financed several important schemes in Tanzania. It has offered scholarships to numerous Tanzanians. Schools, community centres and hospitals have been built with its aid. Among the most impressive of the projects is the extension of the Teachers' Training College in Morogoro for which it donated £58,000. Together with the Dutch Government Misereor is providing the money for a 400-bed Regional consultant-training hospital at Mmanza on the southern shores southern shores of Lake Victoria. It further sponsors the Lake Victoria Tuberculosis Scheme which aims at opening 17 fully equipped T.B. units. Three units, each consisting of a 30-bed ward, and a clinic complete with X-ray equipment, are already in use.
Bro. J Kempston (London) returned to the seminary at Kipalapala to clear up the backlog of work which had accumulated in his absence. He then moved to Mwanza where he is assistant to the diocesan treasurer. The President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, has visited the mission three times since Brother went there. The above photo was taken on the occasion of the opening of a new girls' hostel in Mwanza. The President can be seen talking with one of the Sisters; Brother is in the background.
|ROUND AND ABOUT April-May 1968
Fr H Herrity (Glasgow) from Tamale, Ghana
Fr J Barry (Renfrew) to Kampala, Uganda
Fr F Dickson (Edinburgh) to Kaengesa Seminary, Tanzania
Fr H Monaghan (Airdrie) to Burasira, Burundi
UGANDALETTER FROM MBARARA
Brother RIchard (London) writes from Mbarara:
"Recently we saw here a wonderful performance of Moliere's play 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' (English version: 'The Proper Gent') by the students of Senior III Kitabi Seminary. Fathers P. Kelly and Labonte produced and Father Sandom was in charge of props. It was truly magnificent, the diction and acting great. "
I was in Kampala recently. Brother Littlejohns is in Rubaga parish, back on Munno for advertising. Father Miller is at Entebbe in the parish. Brother Richard Haigh is doing very well on the farm of the African Sisters' Mother House—the only thing is they have so little rain.
Mbarara continues to develop, with new buildings going up and there is also an AGIP hotel. A TV relay station is being built nearby and should be open in January. Ankole now has a new District Administration and there is no longer a King.
Kampala is growing very much and the new Apollo hotel is the tallest building. The road to Kabale is tarmac for 40 miles as far as Ntungamo and they have started doing the remainder which will take some time because of the mountains of Kigezi."
A JOURNALIST VISITS BUKAVU
In January a foreign journalist visited the town of Bukavu in East Congo-Kinshasa for the first time after the troubles of the mercenaries. In his report we read that the town in general gave a sorrowful sight except for the churches, as all during this troubled period the churches and chapels remained untouched.
The missionaries at their return were enthusiastically welcomed by the population of the town. In the colleges run by the Jesuits and the Barnabites, and in the boarding school of the Sisters of the Holy Family the last preparations were just being made so as to start again with some hours of class. His Lordship Mgr. Mulindwa of Bukavu never left the town during the troubles and together with the 30 Congolese priests he did everything possible for the protection of his white colleagues.
The report concluded: "We may not abandon the Congo on account of a number of rumours of war. As long as the missionaries, the sober men who are not adventurers, are happy in the Congo and cannot doubt the results of their work, the reaction of the Catholic world ought to be analogous to that of the moderator of 'Oost Priesterhulp' namely: 'We back you up'."
GENERAL MEETING OF THE GRAIL
Last January, 65 members of the International Grail gathered at Rubaga, Uganda, at their national headquarters, for their annual general meeting. Dr. J. Storimans, their leader in East Africa, presided over the meeting and after reporting on the General Assembly of the International Grail, went over to the evaluation of the work of the Grail in their 10 centres in East Africa and discussed future developments. The Grail has nine centres in Uganda and one in Moshi, Tanzania. They run one hospital (Rubaga), six dispensaries, one maternity, three social centres (Mbale, Kabale, Mushanga) and one Social Training Centre (Mubende).
LETTER FROM LUBISHI
MASS-MEDIA SECRETARY ON TRAINING COURSE
ASSOCIATION OF MEN RELIGIOUS
SILVER JUBILEE OF THE LEGION OF MARY
Brother Kentigern Walsh RIP
JUBILERIANS OF THE PROVINCE
BROTHERS MANDATED TO DISTRIBUTE COMMUNION
NEW BUILDINGS AT RUGABA HOSPITAL
CATHOLICS IN TANZANIA
|ROUND AND ABOUT June-July 1969
Fr J Williams from Oyo, Nigeria
Fr A McGarry (Glasgow) from Bukoba, Tanzania
Fr A Maguire (Southsea) from Mbarara, Uganda
Fr A Easton (Glenboig) from Mbarara, Uganda
Fr G Wynne (Edinburgh) to Mbeya, Tanzania
Bro Finbarr to Mbala,Tanzania
Fr M Fitzgerald (Walsall) from Rome to Makerere College, Uganda
Bro B Black (Leeds) to Mbarara, Uganda
Bro G Ascott (Dorking) to Rulenge, Tanzania
Bro Kevin Corbishley (Preston) to Fort Portal, Uganda
BRO. JOHN RYAN (Newcastle) writes from Navrongo:
One interesting thing that happened—interesting to me, but perhaps quite banal for others—was the job I had a fortnight after my arrival in Navrongo. We were setting the entrance exams and we all had to go out and invigilate. It was suggested that I go to the Middle School in Sirigu, about 20 miles away, and that the Superior of the Station would come for me on the Friday evening and take me there.
We set off about 4.30 that afternoon and as we were on our way I made a very quiet remark that caused the driver, the Father Superior of Sirigu, to make a horrible double swerve in the road that almost numbered our days. All I said was, "who would have thought 30 years ago that one day you would be driving me to Sirigu in your own car?" Then swerve, swerve and back to the centre of the road again. All that that referred to was the fact that 30 years ago this priest was a small boy in the Primary School and a bunch of us were going on foot to Sirigu to spend a weekend there when it was only an out-station of Navrongo. As you can well imagine, I was made more than welcome by the three African priests there, one of whom was on leave from the Army, having been appointed Chaplain.
Up to now I have received various gifts of eggs and chickens, and every day somebody is bound to turn up to greet me and remind me of the old days. The temperature has been very good, only once going over 105ºF when last Saturday it touched 107ºF. Nights have been fairly cool until now, going down to 85º or even 80º, and one day even at 7 o'clock in the morning it was right down to 75º. As you can well imagine, we closed the windows until it warmed up a bit.
Last weekend I was able to do a marvellous tour of the West, getting the job of driving our school football team to play in Lawra and in Wa. We set off from here in the early morning and got to Tumu two hours later. There we stopped, leaving the lads in the market and I went on to the Mission there, a new Station for me. The first person I met was Father Tom Tryers, on his way also to the West, going on his motorbike. I stayed there until mid-day then pushed off before the heat got really worked up—it can be pretty terrific on the roads between 2 and 3 o'clock.
From Tumu we went on to Jirapa, and there the first person to be seen was Father Tom Rathe, doing his rounds as Schools General Manager. I asked about Brother Trevor Robinson, and Father Rathe said he would stop by the new school that Trevor was building and tell him that I had arrived. Shortly afterwards he came in on his motorbike and we had quite a chat. After an hour there, off to Lawra where I saw the boys installed at the Secondary School and then we went on to Nandom. One of my boys took me round the place showing me all the new things that had been done since I was last there, more than 15 years ago
That evening I went along to the White Sisters' Hospital and there saw Sister Helen Scullion of Motherwell whose family I know well. The next morning we made a quick trip to Ko, another big mission station though only six miles from Nandom, and in the afternoon we went back to Lawra and the football team. Passing through Wa the following day I went down to see Bishop Dery and he kept me for lunch. Our conversation seemed to be nothing else but "do you remember?" Monday morning saw us on our way back to Navronlto.
BRO. CHRISTOPHER WILDSMITH (Pinner) writes from Bujumbura:
You have probably heard from my brother, or from other sources, that I have not yet started the language course, but am in fact already teaching in the Junior Seminary. As in all other countries in the world, Burundi is desperately short of teachers. The Prefect of Studies in the minor seminary of Bujumbura has asked me if I can get him a teacher of English for next September. I wonder what the prospects are? Although the teaching is nearly a full-time occupation, I do manage to do other things. On Sundays I go to one or another local parish to help distribute Holy Communion. This is a very necessary thing, for as you probably know, most of the parishes here have at least 20,000 Christians.
FR KEVIN O'MAHONEY writes from the Seminary, Adigrat:
Here in Ethiopia we have now entered upon the 50 Days Fast for Easter. This is a severe Fast as all "blood animals" and their products are forbidden. For the whole of this period, meat and other things like butter, eggs, milk and any animal fat are excluded. During this period, therefore, we cannot exact too much work from the students as they have no strength. Indeed as Lent progresses the men working on the construction begin to tire every quickly and by evening they are just about finished.
On the Thursday after Easter there will be a very big feast here in the Cathedral of Adigrat which is being consecrated. For such a feast anyone can come and eat no matter where they come from, and in fact about 5,000 will have to be fed. The Internuncio will be coming for the Consecration and will be doing it himself.
FR THOMAS TYE (London) writes from St. lawrence's Grammar School, lIesha:
I left Tilbury for Lagos on the Akassa Palm on the 12th December and I disembarked at Lagos on the 31st December.
My ticket stated that I would be travelling in the Pilot's cabin but the Captain thought it was not very suitable for a long journey and I was put in the vacant cabin of the Fourth Officer. This was very roomy; it not only had a bed but a settee, which was a great asset, for when the ship rolled there was danger of falling out of bed, so instead I slept on the settee which was placed in a different direction. Sometimes my feet were higher than my head, but I discovered that this did not prevent my sleeping.
I soon discovered that the crew thought that I was a bit of a hero going up country from Lagos; at my age, too! We had to spend Christmas Day at sea; so it was rather quiet, one third of the crew were on watch and another third were sleeping. Knowing that this would be the case, the crew held the Christmas party on the 22nd December when we were tied up along the quayside at Bathurst.
I was able to say Mass on all but three days. I said it in the Chief Engineer's sitting room. On Christmas Day there were four of the officers present; they must have been brought up the right way for after the Mass they had a whip round for the Christmas gift for the clergy!
At Lagos there was rather a mix-up as to which place we should disembark. The Chief Engineer made a point of accompanying me through the Customs, helping me to hire a small lorry to take me to the Cathedral Parish. Father Kingston and Father Snape arrived a short time later and we were able to leave for Oshogbo in the afternoon.
Father Snape did the driving; he is from Liverpool diocese and is teaching at our Junior Seminary. The heat was terrific and in many places the tarmac surface of the road had been washed away with the very heavy rains of last year. After a brief rest at Ife where we met Father Kane, Father J. Murphy and Brother Joe Mullen, we arrived at Oshogbo at 10.30 p.m.
I found the heat at first very trying indeed and hardly slept a wink the first two nights. I must have perspired buckets. Last night was much better and today there is a gentle breeze. In the evening of New Year's Day, Father Morrissey gave a party for about 16 of us in the parish hall of Oshogbo. It was very well arranged and was for me an ideal occasion for meeting so many Fathers and Brothers.
FR MICHAEL FITZGERALD (Walsall) writes from Rome:
My work continues here at the I.P.E.A. (Pontifical Institute for Arabic Studies), trying to elucidate the mysteries of Arabic grammar and accustom ears, throat and vocal chords to strange sounds.
These strange utterances are not confined to the classroom but also found their way into the liturgy. The Friday Concelebrated Mass which groups staff and students, is celebrated partly in French and partly in Arabic. Among ourselves we quite often celebrate Mass completely in Arabic.
The I.P.E.A. is not very far away from the Generalate. It is quite easy to go there for an occasional game of bridge or to find a partner for tennis, and one is always sure of a good welcome.
Father Michael Fitzgerald has been appointed lecturer in Christian and Islamic Theology in the Department of Religious Studies at Makerere, Kampala, Uganda. He has signed a two-year contract and will take up his duties in June.
BRO. EUGEN LEONARD (Co. Louth) writes from Chitipa:
The White Sisters are merging their magazine with WHITE FATHERS starting with our next issue in mid-August. In England and Scotland the magazine will appear under the dual title of WHITE FATHERS AND WHITE SISTERS.
|ROUND AND ABOUT June-July 1969
Bishop James Holmes-Siedle of Kigoma
Fr T Kingston (Cork) from Oyo. Nigeria
Fr P Boyd (Bellshill) from Mbala, Zambia
Fr W Brennan (Glasgow) from Karema, Tanzania
Fr T McIlveney (Glasgow) from Bukoba, Tanzania
Fr F Nolan (Burton) from Tabora, Tanzania
Fr A Smith (Winchester) from Lusaka, Zambia
Fr J Doherty (Derry) from Kasama, Zambia
Fr M Targett (Hillingdon) from Tamale. Ghan
Fr T Rathe (Scarborough) from Wa, Ghana
Fr P Harrity (Glasgow) to Mansa, Zambia
Bro R Leggett to (Dublin) to Wa, Ghana
|Erection of the Irish Province
As our readers are probably very well aware, Ireland has, up to now, formed part of the British-Irish Province of the White Fathers Society. This year, however, our Superior General, after giving much consideration to the matter, has decided to erect Ireland into a separate, independent Province of the Society.
It is with pleasure, therefore, that we wish to inform all our friends that the Provincial Headquarters will be at: The White Fathers, Cypress Grove. Templeogue, Dublin, 6.
We feel sure that there is no need to remind you that our new Province will depend very much on the help and the kind prayers of our people in Ireland.
Fr. Richard Calcutt (Bromley) writes from St. Charles Secondary School :
During the Easter weekend I went back to my former station of Bole to lend a hand there. It was quite a busy time as in addition to giving religious instruction to a group of young people who were stopping at the mission, I was also correcting the entrance examination papers to St. Charles, which I had picked up at the various stations along the way.
During the Easter Vigil Mass we had a small group of young people for Baptism. They had all brought their parents along for the ceremony so we had quite a full church. While I celebrated, the Parish Priest explained to the visitors what was going on. As most of them were either pagans or Moslems, quite a lot of explanation was necessary. After the service there was a feast in the mission compound for the people baptised and their visitors.
On Easter Tuesday, the Fathers and Sisters from Bole made a trip to Damongo to join the community there for a get together.
Back at St. Charles at the moment the school is full of Sisters who are making their Retreat here. I don't think the place has ever been so quiet before. We are getting the school ready for the reopening next week. This year we tried to organise a preparatory class for boys coming straight from primary school so that we could give them an introductory year to secondary school. Unfortunately it has proved impossible to get the boys. As no Government grants are available parents are unwilling to send their children to this preparatory year so next year we are going back to the old system of taking boys in Form 1.
Brother James Kennedy writes from Kasama :
You have probably heard that I was transferred to the Kasama Diocese from Ndola at the end of January. So far I like it better here in many ways. I am outside more for the work of the maintenance of the grounds. I also try to act as secretary to the Archbishop.
There are two of us in the House, the Archbishop and myself. The mission being in the same compound I spend some of my time there too. Like Ndola, many visitors pass at the mission, so I'm not lonely. I have met many others—Fathers Conway, Garvey and Sherry as they are quite near.
Fr. Gerard Wynne (Edinburgh) writes from Vvawa:
Up here in the hills there is still a good deal of rain, although I hear from the experts that it will be the "dry" season any day now. The fact that I have been hearing that almost daily for the last three weeks doesn't seem to deter them.
I am firmly ensconced in the very southern tip of Mbeya diocese in a very lovely country. I arrived in Entebbe, oh so long ago! Eventually I flew down to Mwanza, where Brother Kempston met me. After a long discussion with Father Regional it was decided that the best for me would be to travel directly to my own diocese and there study Swahili on my own.
The course in Kipalpala started in September and was far too advanced to be of much service to me. There was a short course of ten weeks mainly for those changing from one Bantu language to another, but it was decided that I would be as well down south.
I went out to Nyegezi to see Father Pat Martin and was glad to find him very well. He had a fairly heavy timetable. After a few days there I flew to Tabora and Father John Maguire met me. He was taking a couple of months off as Archbishop Mihayo's secretary to polish up his Swahili in the parish. He has extraordinary powers of adaptation. To see him out talking to the people in the street you would think he had been in Tabora all his life!
It was fortunate for me that my visit to Tabora coincided with the reception of Minor Orders at Kipalapala and I was therefore able to be present when Brother Albert Gardner received all four. He was in fine fettle and hasn't changed one bit. He seems to look after all the gardens in the neighbourhood—very successfully too, and is still pounding his accordion.
I had the doubtful job of a ride out to Itaga on the back of Father Nolan's Honda! The students were out on a picnic a few miles from the seminary so we joined them for lunch. There I met Father Riddle whom I had not seen since the opening of Blacklion and Father Burton whom I last saw in my days at Dorking.
Sister Helen Scullion of Motherwell, Scotland, arrived unexpectedly in London in May accompanying a sick volunteer missionary. She spent a short time in Scotland and has now returned to her mission in Nandom, Ghana. On the other side of Africa, in Uganda, a White Sister has now joined the team of the Better World Movement: Sister Honor McGrath of Liverpool, who left for Africa last August. She will be arriving in Rome for the preparatory course in September this year.
Following the Tertianship in Rome are Sisters Rosaleen Lamph of Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, Salvina Mary (Christine Tabone) of Malta, Gabriela Maria and Demetria, who spent some years in Liverpool. II II Fr. P. Harrity (Glasgow) to Mansa, Zambia. Bro. R. Leggett (Dublin) to Wa, Ghana.
This summer saw the celebration of four Silver Jubilees, White Fathers who, between them, have given 60 years of service to the Church in Tanzania. All of them followed the course of studies at The Priory, Bishops Waltham; Autreppe, in Belgium; Carthage, N. Africa; and were ordained from Rossington Hall, near Doncaster.
Fr. Joseph Ryce came from Our Lady's High School, Motherwell, and Fr. Francis Tryers came from St. Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool. While Fr. Tryers has spent almost all his time in Tanzania, Fr. Ryce has spent nine years in the Province in between two tours. Fr. Francis Dickson, from Edinburgh, was eight years on the Novitiate and Priory staffs before his first tour, and spent some years in the Brothers' training centre before returning again to Africa. Fr. MIchael Coghlan. from Brighton, worked for twelve years in Tanzania before becoming parish priest at Bishops Waltham four years ago.
Our congratulations to all of them as they continue in the service of Africa.
|ROUND AND ABOUT October-November 1969
Fr H Regan from Ibadan, Nigeria
Fr K O'Mahoney from Adigrat, Ethiopa
Fr T Fitzpatrick from Mbarara, Uganda
Fr S Collins (Glasgow) from Mbarara, Uganda
Fr G Corcoran (Chorley) from Kampala, Uganda
Fr P Boyd (Bellshill) from Mbala, Uganda
Fr W Brennan (Glasgow) from Karema, Tanzania
Fr T McIlveney (Glasgow) from Bukoba, Tanzania
Fr A Thompson (Stockton) from Karema, Tanzania
Sister Joan of Arc from Uganda via Frascati
Sister Rosaleen Lamph from Frascati
Bro D Kelley for Mansa, Zambia
Fr J Tolmie (Bellshill) for USA
Fr A Visocchi (Methil) for Hoima, Uganda
Fr D Cullen (King's Langley) for Kachebere, Malawi
Fr F Nolan (Burton) for Tabora, Tanzania
Fri Miller writes from Entebbe. Uganda:
I had six weeks in Rubaga hospital in bed without putting a foot to the ground and now have to recover use of legs but that will come soon I think.The nursing at Rubaga was wonderful; they have a staff of Grail people mostly Germans and Dutch and they do a wonderful job. There is a little house there with about eight rooms for clergy and religious and they take great care of us' Fortunately our local doctor here in Entebbe is a very good friend—Maltese—and he was here immediately to look after things and is still watching me the whole time to see that I do the right thing. Dr. Manche's father is also a doctor and was professor of medicine in Malta University for many years.
Sister Marie Josee Dor was elected Superior General of the White Sisters at the Second Session of the Special General Chapter which opened in Frascati on July 29th. Sister Marie Josee comes from France. After her religious profession at Venieres in 1954 she practised medicine in the dispensaries of Alger-Verdun and Oued Ouchaia, North Africa. In 1959 she undertook two years of theological studies at Vanves, France. She was then appointed Superior of the newly founded Juniorate at Toulouse, At the General Chapter in 1965 Sister Marie Josee was elected Assistant General. Her present Assistants are: Sister Anna Maria Stuble (German), Sister Arlene Gates (American), Sister Jeanne Marie Lohlsse (Belgian).
A BISHOP SPEAKS
Following the elections Mass was concelebrated by a new Bishop from Upper Volta with two White Fathers. His Lordship spoke beautifully of his joy at having been consecrated by the Pope himself at the spot where the Martyrs of Uganda shed their blood.
He said the most touching moment for him was when the Holy Father laid the book of Gospels on his head and then on his shoulders, because a Bishop is another Christ and must bear the burden of the Gospel, but, His Lordship added, it is a yoke that is sweet.
He then went on to say that it was not just at that moment that he had received this gentle yoke. It had been transmitted to him long before by the missionaries, the White Fathers, who had trained him in the seminary, but still earlier by the White Sisters of the "old" generation, who had taught him as a child. . . but especially who had trained his mother. . . in the faith.
HOLY FATHER'S VISIT
ROUND AND ABOUT April-May 1971
BACK TO GHANA
WHITE SISTERS GO TO TOWN