Following the Africa synod in Rome during October, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama from Jos, Nigeria, Archbishop Boniface Lele from Mombasa, Kenya, Bishop Daniel Adwok from Khartoum, Sudan and Abune Tesfaselassie from Adigrat, Ethiopia returned to Africa via London.
The four Bishops were concelebrants at a special CAFOD Mass for Africa in the church of the Sacred Heart, Camberwell on Saturday October 31st 2009 at 2 pm, to give thanks to God for the work of CAFOD and our Church partners in Africa. They were joined by Bishop Pat Lynch from our own diocese of Southwark, Camberwell Parish clergy, and priests from the African chaplaincies in London and from parishes in Southwark.
The Mass was a joyful celebration attended by more than 350 people. There was a feast of liturgical music, much of it from Africa, led by a choir drawn from all over the diocese and directed by Mag Shepherd, who coordinates a lot of the liturgy and music in the Archdiocese.
The Parish Priest, Father David Gibbons, welcomed the Bishops and everybody attending, to the Church and the Mass. Archbishop Kaigama was the principal celebrant, and Archbishop Lele gave the homily. Bishop Lynch spoke at the end of the Mass (including one of his famous amusing stories) just before the final hymn.
There was a reception afterwards in the church hall, with refreshments provided by the UCM, and the opportunity for those attending the Mass to welcome and speak to the visiting Bishops, and to obtain CAFOD resources.