Burundi Tag

BURUNDI, Sr.  M. Françoise Nimubona, Claudine Niyomwungere • The Schoenstatt Shrine in Bujumbura became an attraction for many groups of pilgrims from all over the country, especially on the 15th of August, which is not a legal holiday in Burundi, but is of great importance for the Catholic Church there. It is located on a slope above the capital Bujumbura (built on the site where Pope John Paul II celebrated Holy Mass during his visit to Burundi in front of thousands of faithful) and is the destination of the processionsRead More
BURUNDI, Alice Ninette Nininahazwe, Agnès Diane Niyonzima • On the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the “Shrine of Peace and Reconciliation” on Mount Sion Gikungu, Bujumbura, a pilgrimage took place from there to the “Shrine of Trust” in Mutumba, the first Schoenstatt Shrine in this country. —   After the blessing for the journey by the Rector of the Shrine in Bujumbura, Fr H. Coyitungiye, the pilgrims set off in a number of buses along Lake Tanganyika to the foot of the mountain on which the Mission Station ofRead More
BURUNDI , Claudine Niyomwungere • On Sunday, May 26, 2019, to celebrate the closing of the Marian Month of May, the Schoenstatt Shrine at Mount Sion Gikungu welcomed many pilgrims from all the parishes of the Bujumbura Vicariate and surrounding areas, belonging to the Catholic Action Movements falling under the Diocesan Coordination for the Lay Apostolate (CEDAL).  — A large procession of the faithful and CEDAL members began at Kamenge Military Hospital. Hymns and dances in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary accompanied the pilgrims.  The theme of the pilgrimage wasRead More
UGANDA, Jean de Dieu Ntisumbwa/Maria Fischer • What do we expect of a French-speaking Burundian Schoenstatt member obliged to flee to Uganda, an English-speaking country, to do there? Found Schoenstatt, what else? Jean de Dieu Ntisumbwa, a refugee from Burundi since 2015, works in the Nakivale parish, archdiocese of Mbarara, where Schoenstatt began on October 30, 2016. Meanwhile, there are seventy active members. The only problem: no MTA pictures, no Unity Crosses, no Schoenstatt books in English.— The Nakivale parish gathers a multi-national group of people that have taken refugeRead More
TANZANIA, Philippe Kitabu • Schoenstatt is present in Tanzania in three dioceses: Kayanga, Rulenge Ngara, and Bukoba… Furthermore it is continuing to grow, in spite of the belief that over time, the Shrine there would be left alone. From Burundi, Phlippe Kitabu, who has worked for Schoenstatt in Tanzania since 2005, was very happy to tell schoenstatt.org a little about the apostolate carried out in Tanzania. — At the beginning of the Seventies, members from the Institute of Our Lady of Schoenstatt from Germany built a shrine in the formerRead More
BURUNDI, Jean de Dieu • On Wednesday, 20 December, hundreds of children from “St. Michael the Archangel” School in Bujumbura went on pilgrimage to the Shrine of Monte Sion Gikingu. Teachers, parents and some guests accompanied them. It was the first time that they had come to the Shrine for Christmas.   Original: German. 29 December 2017. Translation: Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX USA. Edited: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USARead More
BURUNDI, Fr. Claudio Jeria • It’s the same the world over and Burundi, one of the poorest countries in Africa, is no different. Those who are without education are vulnerable and anyone can deceive them, play them for fools, take advantage of them and act unjustly towards them. Without education, they do not have the ability to know their rights and their potential. Lack of knowledge is slavery. Knowledge is freedom. Those who possess knowledge can speak out, fluently state their position, and have the agility to navigate their wayRead More
BURUNDI, Diomede Mujojoma • The Lenten Action Commission from the Mount Sion Gikungu Shrine in Burundi visited Muyinga prison on 23 July 2017. They took along donations of clothes, 350kg of rice, 65l of palm oil, 140kg of maize meal, 35kg of sugar, 50kg of salt, 72 tubes of toothpaste, bread, ham and Fanta to give to the prisoners. The delegation headed by Félix Naishakiye, the vice president of Lenten Action Commission, left Bujumbura in two vehicles at 7.30 in the morning. They were late in arriving because they didRead More
BURUNDI/TANZANIA, Hermes Ntabiriho, Miguel Ángel Rubio and Maria Fischer • On Saturday, 17 June, Fr. Romuald Kajara, a diocesan priest and coordinator of the Schoenstatt Movement in Tanzania, took a large group of seventy-three pilgrims from the Diocese of Ngara-Rulenge and Kayanga in Tanzania to the Mont Sion Gikungu Schoenstatt Shrine in Bujumbura, Burundi. “We are very happy that we went on pilgrimage to Mont Sion Gikungu Shrine to pray and to meet with our brothers/sisters from Burundi. On Saturday, we had a Mass with a procession, and we shared ideas with our brothers/sisters from Burundi,” Fr. Romuald related. The Schoenstatt ShrineRead More
BURUNDI, Maria Fischer with material from Diomède Mujojoma Mont Sion Gikungu• On Divine Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter, at 10:58 a.m., Longin Ntiranyibagira and Jean Marie Bisimwa Isaac moved from being deacons to becoming Fr. Longin Ntiranyibagira and Fr. Jean Marie Bisimwa Isaac, Jesus Christ’s priests, Schoenstatt Fathers, and bearers of the Schoenstatt mission for the countries in the heart of Africa. Families, pilgrims and most of all other priests arrived very early in the morning. Everyone came to visit the Mont Sion Gikungu shrine, to pray, andRead More