CANONICAL VISIT IN NIGERIA AND CAMEROON

Fathers Zenon Hanas, Vicar General and Gilberto Orsolin, General Secretariat for the Missions of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate, led by father Bruno Ateba, Regional Rector of the Holy Trinity Region Cameroon-Nigeria made a canonical visit in Nigeria and Cameroon from March 23rd to April 5th. They arrived Lagos International airport on March 23rd at 11pm and were welcomed by Frs Bruno Ateba and Peter Hillen. They spent the night in Lagos at the Sisters of Maryland community. On Wednesday 24th, there was a delayed of the flight Lagos-Oweri due to the bad weather. They finally reached Mbaukwu at 1pm and were welcomed by Fr. Sothène Abolo and the postulants. On March 25th, visit to the bishop of Awka, his lordship Simon followed by the meeting with the members of the Pallottine community (2 priests and the postulants). The day of the Annunciation of the Lord, Fr Hanas presided over the Eucharist with some diocesan priests as concelebrants. The welcoming of 11 candidates in the postulancy, the blessing and laying of the first stone of the new Pallottine House and the celebration of the 25th year of Fr Peter Hillen's presence in Africa took place during this holy Mass. It was a nice feast with the participation the Pallottines' friends and the postulants' families. It was during this visit in Nigeria that Fr. Bruno Ateba's mother passed away in Cameroon.

a visit full of hope...

The visit continued in Cameroon after Nigeria. After encountering his lordship Victor Tonye Bakot, archbishop of Yaoundé on March 30th, they set out for the East region of Cameroon. There, they met his lordship Jan Ozga, bishop of Doumé-Abong Bang, the confreres in this region followed by the inauguration and blessing of the postulancy's compound in Doumé by the Ordinary of the diocese.

The visit of the community in Elat-Minkom took place on their way back to Yaoundé. The confreres visited the Pallottines sisters of Nkol Avolo too and then they had an unforgettable missionary experience; a heavy rain caused the falling of the trees that blocked the road and they were obliged to clear the road in order to continue their journey.

The visit continued in Yaoundé where they paid a visit to other Pallottines communities: Mvolyé (Basilica and Pallotti House), Nlongkak, Mfoundi-a-si and Nkolbisson. The guests took part in the paschal celebrations at the Minor Basilica Mary Queen of Apostles in Mvolyé where the current pope celebrated vespers during his visitation in Cameronn.

Frs Hanas and Orsolin left Cameroon for Rome via Lagos on April 5th.