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Catholic Men Association Supports Bishop’s Development Efforts 

By Kevin Njomo

The Catholic Men Association, CMA, of Buea Diocese has expressed its commitment to support the Bishop of the Diocese, His Lordship Immanuel Bushu, in his efforts to develop the church and its institutions in the area.

CMA Buea pose with Bishop Bushu (M)

Members of the Association donated FCFA 500,000 while taking this commitment during a recent visit to the Bishop at Small Soppo Buea. The President of CMA Buea Diocese, Elias Joe, explained that the money was their support for vocations and institutions of higher learning embarked upon by the Bishop.

He said that their ‘widow’s mite’ indicated their willingness to do greater things in the future.
Responding, Bishop Bushu thanked the Association for its concern towards the growth of the church. He called on members to work hard to avail themselves of God’s Grace to become apostles of the Lord in spreading the Gospel. On this score, the Bishop urged members to join apostolic groups in the church.

He advised them to constantly seek information about the church from appropriate sources to avoid rumour mongering, which, he said, has become a practice among some Christians.
 The Bishop enlightened the group on the reason for creating the existing John Paul II Institute of Theology JOPASIT Buea and the Catholic University of the Diocese of Buea, which will kick off in October 2010.

Bishop Bushu explained that there was a dire need to deepen the faith of Christians in the Diocese as well as offer an opportunity for thousands of helpless High School graduates to obtain university education. On the creation of other institutions in the Diocese, the Bishop announced plans to open a school to train Catechists who will meet with the aspirations of the Church and its Christians.

A new Cathedral, he added, has been earmarked to be constructed in Buea considering that time was ripe enough to give the Diocese a Cathedral with more than one thousand sitting capacity. Bishop Bushu was optimistic that despite the huge size of the projects embarked upon, God will enable Christians provide for their completion. Meanwhile, the visit by CMA members to the Bishop ended with a tour of the JOPASIT building under construction.

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