Mont Sion Gikungu 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 , 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
BURUNDI, by Diomède Mujojoma • On Saturday, 21 January 2017, Mont Sion Gikungu Schoenstatt Shrine welcomed ten new candidates to the novitiate with the presentation of the Sion vestment. This event marked one step of a phase on the road toward priesthood in the Schoenstatt Fathers’ Community of Mont Sion Gikungu. Fr. Jean Bernard Mazuru, Superior of the Schoenstatt Fathers’ Community of Mont Sion Gikungu, emphasized that these young men wanted to follow the Lord and not a priest from this community, whoever he may be. He informed the Mass participantsRead More
BURUNDI, Diomède Mujojoma • Three other “Desmond Tutus” met at the Mont Sion Gikungu shrine on Sunday 22 May 2016. This was no ordinary Sunday: it was the universal Church’s celebration of the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity. At the Marian shrine it was a three-fold celebration: Trinity Sunday, the 14th anniversary of the blessing of the big church dedicated to the Holy Trinity, and the closing of the month of Mary that brought together all the Catholic action movements in Bujumbura who arrived on pilgrimage carrying their banners toRead More
BURUNDI, Diomède Mujojoma • The members of the Schoenstatt Movement’s Girls’ Youth from the parishes of Buhonga and Kamenge gathered at the Mont Sion Gikungu Schoenstatt Shrine on Saturday, 16 April 2016, to carry out a pilgrimage and to cross a Holy Door of Divine Mercy. Upon arriving at 9:30 a.m., the Sister, who is responsible for the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, welcomed them, and they went in procession to the Shrine singing songs to the Blessed Mother. The Sister who accompanied them presented an introduction about the Holy Door ofRead More
BURUNDI, Diomède Mujojoma • The apostolate of the Pilgrim Mother carried out the sending forth of the nine missionaries from the Parish of Kinama, on Wednesday, 13, January 2016, at the Mont Sion Gikungu Schoenstatt Shri ne. Before the commissioning ceremony, an informative talk was presented about the mission of the Pilgrim at the St. Vicent Pallotti Hall of Mont Sion Gikungu. Then there was a procession from the entrance of Mont Sion Gikungu, praying the Holy Rosary of Divine Mercy and in a symbolic act, one by one, theyRead More
BURUNDI, Hermes Ntabiriho • “I have seen…I have heard…I know your suffering” (Exodus 3:7): This was the theme for the inauguration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Mont Sion Gikungu Shrine, a ceremony on 20 December that was presided by the archbishop of the Bujumbura diocese, Evarise Ngoyagoye. The official opening of the jubilee year in Burundi took place on 8 December at the national shrine in Mugera in the archdiocese of Gitega, which brought together all of Burundi’s bishops and several thousand Catholics. Before the start ofRead More
BURUNDI, Fr. Banziriyubusa • About 500 Catholics attended the 130th anniversary of the birth of Fr. Joseph Kentenich, the founder of the Schoenstatt Family. It took place on the evening of 16 November 2015 at Mont Sion Gikungu. Fr. Félicien Nimbona was the main celebrant and he was assisted by four priests and a deacon at the Mass which began at 17:00 in the Eucharistic Chapel. At the start, Fr. Félicien Nimbona, the rector of the shrine, reminded the congregation of the reason for the celebration. “We have come,” heRead More
BURUNDI, Fr. BANZIRIYUBUSA, via http://montsiongikungu.over-blog.com • More than 800 Catholics, mostly belonging to Schoenstatt, attended the Covenant of Love renewal Mass on the evening of 18 November 2015 at Mont Sion Gikungu. The Eucharistic celebration began at 17:00 in the Shrine. Four priests and a deacon concelebrated with Fr. Herménégilde Coyitungiye, who was the main celebrant. Our God is a God with us, let us praise Him He is a God who is with us, a God of life, because he takes care of everything to do with His children,Read More