On the 2nd of October 2016, the Mill Hill Formation Community, Bamenda, opened the new formation year 2016/2017 with a joyful and beautiful celebration of the Eucharist in their newly constructed St. Joseph’s Chapel.
The celebration was led by the Rector, Fr. Richard Njoroge, together with Frs. Elvis Shudzeka, and Arnold Verhoeven who are both formators and members of the Society Council in Cameroon. Present were also Fr. Vuni MHM and, of course, the students. The occasion was meant to be low key in view of a bigger occasion yet to come: the official opening of the Chapel by the General Superior.
During the Eucharistic celebration of opening of a new formation year, the students animated the liturgy with beautiful songs celebrating and thanking God for the gift of the new beautiful Chapel.
In the past, the formation community had been using the Mill Hill Central House Chapel with limited space for community prayers and the celebration of the Eucharist.
However, with the growth of the formation community, this became inadequate for the liturgical needs of the formation community and the Mill Hill family in Cameroon. Whenever they came together, students and members had to squeeze in the chapel which was never a good experience and often times did not promote a real atmosphere for prayer.
We thank God that the new St. Joseph’s Chapel with a capacity of up to 90 people offers enough space not only for the formation community which in the new formation year stands at 39 members, (comprising of 10 Basic formation Candidates, 27 students in the first Cycle and two formators) but also for both the Mill Hill members in Cameroon and the friends of Mill Hill who on different occasions join the Mill Hill Family for the celebration of the Eucharist.
It is our hope and prayer that this chapel will be the Heart of our Formation and will continue to serve as a focus for both members and students whom we prepare for mission and for loving service.
On behalf of the entire Mill Hill formation Community and the Mill Hill Family in Cameroon, I wish to express our sincere thanks and great appreciation to the General Council and Irish Region who, through their financial support, enabled us to realize the project of our beautiful St. Joseph’s Chapel. We equally thank fellow Mill Hill Missionaries who have generously contributed towards the chapel project with some liturgical vessels and in many others ways. May the Lord reward your kind generosity.
Though we started to use the Chapel at the beginning of a new formation year, the formation community and the Mill Hill family in Cameroon awaits its official opening in January 2017 by the General Superior, Rt. Rev. Michael Corcoran during the Cameroon Society Assembly when he will be on visitation to our missions and members in Cameroon.
Fr. Richard Njoroge mhm, Rector, Mill Hill Formation