On the occasion of the celebrations for the Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 and World Mission Day, the Catholic Women Association (CWO) of the diocese of Mzuzu, Malawi, are committed to the evangelization of three communities that are along Lake Malawi.
Jane Mkandawire Lungu, diocesan president of the CWO, together with Father Mark Mkandawire, chaplain of the Association, and a group of Catholic women, are preparing to go on missions to remote places that are difficult to reach such as Usisya, Ruarwe, Khondowe and New Salawe, which are part of the diocese of Mzuzu, on the border with the diocese of Karonga.
“We have developed this missionary program to celebrate the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019 and the next World Mission Sunday. In line with the message of Pope Francis and the encouragement of our bishop, Mgr. John Alphonsus Ryan”, explained Ms. Lungu in a note sent to Fides News Agency.
“On Friday 11 October we will travel by boat no less than 7 hours from Nkhata Bay to Usisya. On Saturday 12 we will reach the three communities along the lake to celebrate the Word and the Eucharist and distribute rosaries among the population. On Sunday 13 we will celebrate in Usisya”, explained Lungu. “The commitments made for this month will help us, Catholic women, to rediscover the missionary dimension of our faith in Jesus Christ as bestowed upon us through baptism”.
“I am impressed by our Catholic women who, moved by the spirit of the Apostolic Letter Maximum illud of Benedict XV and the message of Pope Francis for World Mission Day 2019, want to share their Catholic faith and encourage those who live on the outskirts of society”, said Father Vincent Mwakhwawa, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Malawi.
“Our hope is that the Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 and World Mission Day will raise awareness among all Catholics to reach those who live on the outskirts. With the help of God, we can contribute to the construction of prayer centers in the most disadvantaged areas”, concluded the president of CWO.