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By Louis Ngwengi

The first-ever Constitution of the Catholic Men’s Association, CMA, has adopted a draft constitution marking an end to the problem of the name of the group which has been dragging on for long.

Cross-section of catholic men at congress

The adoption of the constitution was the major outcome of the second National Congress of CMA that held at the Yaounde College Vogt campus June 20. The name “Catholic Men’s Organisation” a prototype of the Nigerian and Ghanaian diocese, proposed by the Douala branch, received stiff resistance from other dioceses, especially those of Bamenda and Yaounde.

Earlier on, two politicians, Hon. Francis Nkwain and Dr. Peter Abety assured the over 500 delegates that after everything and anything, God’s house remains the last place for refuge.
Nkwain lamented over the organisation’s long shortsightedness when, in the days of old, people thought that the church belonged only to the priest and the reverend sisters. He underscored the importance of being active members in the church by belonging to a group like CMA.

As followers of St. Joseph, he called on CMA members to be exemplary in society and desist from excessive consumption of beer, promiscuity and corruption. In addition, he said that the good things members do should also be reflected in their offices. Reiterating what Rev. Fr. Mbi had said during his sermon, Abety said as members of a church, people need to keep their faith alive.

Seraphine Tamabang, Yaounde Catholic Women’s Association (CWA) Diocesan President, expressed the delight of CWA in assisting CMA grow in whatever domain. Francis Bekeny, President General of CMA, thanked the church hierarchy for taking the issue of the CMA very seriously and dispatching Bishop Lysinge and Rev. James Nsokika, to follow up the issues of the association right up to the date of the convention.

The host President, Denis Enonchong, of the Yaounde branch, was delighted for hosting a hitch-free congress in the nation’s capital, hailing members of CMA who kept the theme of the congress: “Called to be men of honour in the image of St. Joseph the just man.”The congress which ran for three days was punctuated by a High Mass jointly celebrated by Rev. Fr. Mbi, Forteh and James Nsokika with Fr. Giles Forteh offering the reflection.

Other lay dignitaries present were: Emmanuel Oteh former minister, Chief Fritz Nasako Gerald, Akwa Patrick Kum Bong of MINEP, Dr. Nwana Sama, Secretary General of Chamber of Agriculture and Ignatius Dinga Sama, former Treasury Paymaster General. The presentation of branch reports and animation from Kumbo, Douala and the Yaounde Simbock parish graced the event.

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