Since its founding in 1984, the Zambia Delegation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate has been blessed with a high number of vocations, young Zambians that want to become Oblates.   In recent years, there have been as many as 500 inquiries for 15-20 pre-novitiate positions available.   For almost 20 years, the Zambian Oblates sent philosophy students to different countries.  But with as many 60 students at anytime, of whom an average of 40 students is doing philosophical studies at different levels, the Delegation decided to build a Seminary in the area of Makeni, in Lusaka.  Construction started in 2009 and was completed in late 2011.

On December 31, the new De Mazenod Formation House was jointly blessed by Bishop Evans Chinyama Chinyemba, OMI, of the Mongu Diocese and Fr. Bill Antone, OMI, Provincial Superior of the USA Province.   Also present at the blessing were Rev. Fr. Lous Studer, OMI, Vicar of the US Province, Fr. Freeborn Kibombwe, OMI, Superior of the Zambia Delegation, and all the Oblates and scholastics of the Zambia Delegation that had taken part of the Delegation assembly.

With the possibility of doing their studies in the country, Zambian scholastics are also able to continue bringing the good news of Christ to their own people through “thousands of hours” of pastoral care while they study.  Most important, the new De Mazenod Formation House will significantly contribute to the continued building up of the local Church in Zambia.

A Book of Remembrance, including the names of all the persons and institutions that contributed to the Formation House has been placed in its Conference Hall, where it is visible to all visitors.  The book remains open for other donors who still wish to contribute towards any final works of the project.



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