First Conventual Friar from Burkina Faso and the 25th Anniversary of Death of Bishop Mazzieri in Zambia

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It is a moment of great joy for our mission in Burkina Faso, the first in French speaking Africa, as they celebrate a great gift of God, their first vocation to the Order.

It is the fruit of the hard work of our Friars since they began their work in that country in 2001. Friar Christian Seogo took his first vows at our mission in Ibenga, Zambia, during the commemoration ceremony for the 25th anniversary for the founder of the Zambia missions in 1930, Bishop Francesco Mazzieri, a Conventual Friar.

Friar Christian did his first year of postulancy in Burkina Faso and his second year in Kenya. He did novitiate in Zambia, and will continue his philosophy along with the Ghanaian Friars in Accra, then on to our inter-jurisdictional seminary in Nairobi, Kenya for theology.

Burkina Faso presently has 6 candidates to the Order, 1 in Ghana and 5 in Burkina Faso.

Present for the celebration of the Bishop’s anniversary, who has been named a Servant of God, were a great number of Zambian Christians, Conventual Friars, and Diocesan Priests, who wanted to honor their beloved first Bishop. The Eucharistic Celebration was presided over by the present Bishop, who spoke with great admiration of his predecessor. He reminded the people of the hard work and the great love Bishop Mazzieri gave to the people and the whole service of evangelization.

His long life and fervent love for the people has won him the great respect and love, both young and old. It is proof of the expression of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, who said: “Love earns its own reward.”, and seen by the continuous demonstration of love and respect given the late Bishop by the people he served. They still call him their Bishop and Father.

At the end of the celebration a competition had been arranged among different artists who wanted to express the various great works of Bishop Mazzieri through different artistic expressions.