THE Oblate fathers of Mary Immaculate congregation should intensify charity works that they have been carrying out in the last 32 years, the Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi Archbishop Julio Murat has said.
He was speaking during the 200th anniversary celebration at Mary Immaculate parish in Lusaka yesterday.
Bishop Murat said the Oblate missionaries around the world were celebrating the anniversary of their vocational foundation and service rendered to the church under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the help of Mary Immaculate.
He observed that the fathers were necessarily for the work which the Lord inspired them to undertake and also to bring the people back to the faith.
Bishop Murat acknowledged the need for fathers to purify and renew themselves to be sent to the most abandoned in society and see them with the eyes of the crucified Christ under the patronage of Mary Immaculate, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Earlier, visiting Oblate superior general Louis Lougen said the congregation would continue reaching out to the young, the afflicted and the needy in Society.
Reverend Lougen said although the congregation was faced with great challenges, it had a good reputation of helping the needy especially in rural areas.
Among those who attended were Bishop of Mongu Evans Chinyemba, Bishop elect Valentine Kalumba of Livingstone dioceseambia Espiscopal Conference secretary general, Father Cleopas Lungu and her Royal Highness Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukambo 11.