In Malawi, a seminarian wants to serve the poor

Posted on October 10, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Kondwani Matupa

Kondwani Matupa

Kondwani Matupa is a seminarian in the Diocese of Mangochi, Malawi.  Kondwani—who is 25, and the youngest of six siblings—is joyful at the prospect of soon being able to serve the people of Malawi.  His great grandparents still worship ancestral spirits to whom they offer sacrifices! The Good News has come to his nation—first introduced by Missionaries of Africa in 1889— and, buoyed by his faith, his Church supported by Aid to the Church in Need and other charities, Kondwani looks to the future with hope. As a priest, he says, he wants to “win the hearts of many people for Jesus, by helping the poor and needy.”

The Holy Father reminds us—often—that it is the duty (and privilege) of all believers to care for the poor, both nearby and in faraway places. This, too, is the mission of ACN—not only to help the persecuted, but to aid those Churches suffering from poverty. Often this means helping seminarians like Kondwani with their basic living needs so that they may fully dedicate their lives to God’s service. The Pope tells us: “Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach.” Kondwani is eager to do exactly this.

“What moves me most is the life of the elderly and the orphans. Old people have no help, no clothes, no good shelter, no good food, and no happiness. One old woman told me that ‘death is better than life because of this absolute poverty.’ This made me almost cry, but still I encouraged her to realize that life is a gift from God,’ the seminarian says.

“There are many boys and girls who cannot attend school because of poverty,” adds Kondwani. “As a priest I will dedicate myself to sending orphans and very poor children to school—as educated Catholics are the main contributors to the life of the Church.”

Pope Francis says that “we have to be a leavening of life and love and the leavening is infinitely smaller than the mass of fruits, flowers and trees that are born of it. … We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love.”

With your support, Aid to the Church in Need is helping Kondwani and many other priests, religious, seminarians, novices and laity share God’s love with everyone. Just think—we are all part of that rich, bubbling brew that is the leavening of life. Together, we are preparing the way for the Spirit and helping to keep the faith alive, even in the toughest of circumstances! Thank you!

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