Africa/Tanzania – The family, the cradle of vocations to the priesthood and to consecrated life
“Families are kindergartens where priests, religious, parents and good faithful come from”, said Msgr. Flavian Kasala, Bishop of Geita, member of the Association of Catholic Bishops of East Africa (AMECEA) in a recent meeting in Dar es Salaam. The Bishop observed that families have the responsibility of guaranteeing and anticipating a formation to their children before they go to school or receive the sacraments: “If they are properly formed, it will be easy for them to respond to their vocation”. As reported by the local press, Msgr. Kasala urged all parents to instill evangelical values in their children through a human and Christian formation aimed at breaking the moral decline among young people in society.
“The tendency in our society of young people who do not want to marry in Church or priests who renounce their ministry is being strengthened. These few events should make us reflect seriously and resolve these challenges as best as we can”, underlined the Bishop of Geita, highlighting the urgent need to invest in the formation of the family for a better future.
At the same time, Msgr. Kasala praised couples, parents, priests, men and women religious who carry out their vocations in a serious and conscientious manner. “We have seen stable marriages and families, courageous priests and religious. The few who go against their call to holiness should not make us change the ecclesiastical discipline that has existed for years”.
The Church in Tanzania celebrates 150 years of evangelization in 2018, in memory of the arrival of the first missionaries on the coast of the country, in Bagamoyo.
Source: Agenzia Fides, 25/5/2018