Democratic Republic of the Congo - Fr Chaquisse inaugurates "St Melchiorre" chapel of Boscolac

08 May 2018

(ANS - Goma) - On 30 April, the Salesian "Don Bosco Ngangi" in Goma, at the eastern end of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, welcomed the Regional Councilor for Africa-Madagascar, Fr Américo Chaquisse. The reason for his visit was the inauguration of the new chapel, dedicated to St. Melchiorre, of the Salesian prenovitiate called "Boscolac", located about ten kilometers from Goma.

Welcoming Fr Chaquisse were many Salesians from throughout the centers of the country's Eastern areas: Uvira, Bukavu, and the other house in Goma, the "ITIG".

Once the entire delegation reached its destination, Fr Serge Mwaka Kinyabuuma, Maestro of the prenovices, offered words of welcome; the chapel steps were then blessed and Fr Chaquisse presided a solemn Eucharist.

In his homily, the Regional Councilor reminded the faithful that it is through the observance of the commandments that man can remain faithful to God. "Love God and remain faithful to Him," he said. Before the final blessing, Fr ​​Mwaka thanked the engineers who designed and carried out the actual construction, Daniel Balezi and Serge Byemba - both past pupils of ITIG Don Bosco in Goma - and all those who collaborated in the work itself, starting from Fr Dominique Kubuya, who gave the impetus when he was Director of the Planning and Development Office of the East region of the country.

For his part, Fr. Chaquisse felt urged to emphasize how the Salesian seed thrown into the land of Goma is bearing many vocational fruits: "Our confreres from the West have borne witness and testimony. Today, it is Africans who announce the Gospel on all the continents. I am pleased to see that God gives as He wants and where He wants." And before concluding, he added a few words of encouragement for the 19 young people in formation who will conclude their prenovitiate at the end of this year at the "Boscolac".

The chapel of St. Melchiorre - which took this name in memory of the son of the benefactor that allowed it to be built - has a capacity of 50 seats and work for its construction started indeed very recently, in October 2017.


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