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Vol. 1 issue 3  herald newsletter
Vol. 1 issue 3  herald newsletter
Vol. 1 issue 3  herald newsletter
Vol. 1 issue 3  herald newsletter
Vol. 1 issue 3  herald newsletter
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Official newsletter of the Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas, Liberia, West Africa..

Official newsletter of the Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas, Liberia, West Africa..

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  • 1. Cape Palmas Herald Diocesan Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 3 January-June ,2012 Inside this issue: Message from the Bishop Priestly Ordination and Reli- gious Profession 2I am of the opinion thus far : Where is Bishop Karnley visits Catholicthat Liberia is Liberia heading in Agencies in Germany 3gradually moving terms of healing andforward in building reconciliation? Andthe institutions of what are we Liberi- Msgr. Gaye speaks at Devel-democracy, good ans giving back in the opment Conference 4governance and the rebuilding process ofrule of law. Plans our country, commu-and visions are also nities, educational, Pastoral & Social Strategic Planning committee Installed 5being crafted for the religious and socialinfrastructural de- economic institu- His Excellency, Most Rev. Karnley Renewal Ministries Conductvelopment , social tions? Seminar & Revival 5and economic re- giving back to our coun-covery of the coun- I am a subscriber to try, communities, edu-try. Liberia has the principle that de- cational, religious, andonce again become velopment contrib- social institutions. Boosting Education ina respectable inter- utes to peace. But we Liberia 6national partner. equally need to ad- I can envisage an even Bishop Karnley reopens theThe country ’ s dress the root causes better Liberia if we work Mission in Sasstown 7mineral, forest, ma- of the lack of devel- to heal and reconcilerine , and oil re- opment, social and this country through ad- Serving Humanity with Dig-sources have made economic inequality dressing the root nity 8her attractive to in- in the past that inevi- causes of our conflictternational partners. tably lead to the con- and also developing a CHS activities in Photos 9Liberia has now be- flict. Some programs culture of giving back. Priestly Ordination income of strategic of structural justice Photos 10interest to some are being under Final Religious Profession inglobal economic taken but more +Most Rev. Andrew J. Karnley Photos 11stalwarts. needs to be done. Bishop of Cape Palmas Renewing the InfrastructureBut I need to ask With regard to the of the Diocese of Cape Pal- 12two questions in- second question, we masspite of the note of Liberians need to de- velop the culture of Back cover 13optimism expressed
  • 2. Page 2 Cape Palmas Herald Editorial Priestly Ordination and Religious Profession Reconciliation is God’s Initiative 4 Priests Ordained and 3 Religious Professed in the Diocese of Cape Palmas There is no agreed upon definition of reconciliation in human societies. Our Liberian culture have a distinct concept ofJanuary 7– 8, 2012, are days that will never be forgotten in the history of the reconciliation that is expressed ritually: anchurch in Cape Palmas . During this period, the people of God were able to wit- accusation of wrong doing is leveled atness for the first time, the ordination of 4 young men to the priesthood and 3 someone, that person acknowledges the wrong doing and apologizes in some formalyoung religious making their final profession. These events are signs of growth way; the apology is accepted by thefor the local church. community, signifying forgiveness. The ordaining prelate was Archbishop John Onaiyekan of the Archdiocese of First of all, reconciliation is not a humanAbuja, Nigeria. The ordination which was held in open air at the St. Francis Par- achievement, but the work of God within us.ish in Pleebo brought together hundreds of well wishers from across Liberia and From the past and present situations of oura delegation from Nigeria. Those ordained to the Priesthood were, Rev. Fr. Fran- country, we see the challenges in reconcilingcis Torpor, Rev. Fr. Pius Gipply ,Rev. Fr. Joseph Tugbe and Rev. Fr. Godfrey Ne- our many tribes and peoples. It is apparentmah. In his homily, Archbishop Onaiyekan called on the congregation to ob- how enormous, complex, and nearly impossible the task of reconciliation is inserve a moment of silence for the Late Rev. Stanley Tarwo who would had been Liberia. What will reconciliation mean for athe fifth candidate for ordination. He thanked the families of the ordinands for neighbor whose son was killed by anotherpresenting them to the church for ordination and service in the church. He also neighbor’s son or what will reconciliationcalled on family members not to bother the ordinands with family problems. He mean for a child who saw his parents killed bythen said it is great joy for the Church in Cape Palmas to have four priests or- rebels? All of these are situations that appeardained on the same day. Speaking with the press, after the ordination , Bishop to exceed our capacity to change completely.Karnley said, this is a boost to the human resource capacity of the diocese. It is God who initiates the work of reconciliation in the lives of victims. Ordinarily,A day after the ordination, Sr. Emily Wureh, Sr, Patience Payne, and Sr. Amelia we expect reconciliation to begin with theWallace, all of the Sisters of the Holy Family, made their final profession of repentance of the wrongdoers. But experiencechastity, poverty, and obedience in the presence of their Mother Superior Sr. in Liberia shows that wrongdoers are rarelyEdith Wallace and Bishop Andrew J. Karnley. The occasion was graced by the willing to acknowledge what they have done.presence of the Archbishop Lewis Zeigler of the Archdiocese of Monrovia as well This was seen in the Truth & Reconciliation Commission hearings around the country. Ifas Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria. reconciliation is depended entirely uponIn his homily, Msgr. Melvin Nyanti Gaye, Vicar General of Cape Palmas, said that wrongdoers’ initiative, there would be nothe way to poverty, chastity and obedience is through humility, prayer and the reconciliation at all in Liberia.sacraments. Humility , he said is being opened to say YES. He cautioned the sis- This emphasis on God’s initiative could leadters to recognize their poverty and surrender themselves to the Lord in humility. some to assume that human activityThe only way that can happen he said , is through prayer. “Spend time in prayer contributes nothing to the reconciliationwith God and that will sustain your vocation.” Msgr. Gaye added. process. God’s action is not some thunderbolt over and apart from human action. This Msgr. Gaye continued, “Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation are important sacra- communion between the human and thements that nourish every vocation. Holy Eucharist reminds of the total self-giving divine involves divine initiative coming throughto which we are called. As Jesus gives you his body and blood in the Eucharist, human action. It is in God working through us that reconciliation is to be found.may you give him yourselves completely so as to receive him worthily and be Reconciliation means in the first instance,nourished spiritually”. then, the cultivation of a relationship with GodIn conclusion, Msgr. Gaye called on the sisters to live their vocation faithfully for that becomes the medium through which reconciliation can happen. That relationthe rest of their lives. “May the Lord who pours forth his spirit upon you expresses itself in practices that create spacestrengthen your hearts and minds to persevere in the call he has given you. He for truth, justice, healing, and newhas chosen you, he calls you his friends. May you respond like Mary, Let it be possibilities. Such practices lead to creatingdone unto me according to your word”, Msgr. Gaye said. communities of memory, safe places to explore and untangle a painful past, and the cultivation of truth-telling to overcome the lies of injustice and wrongdoing.
  • 3. Volume 1, Issue 3 Page 3 Bishop Karnley visits Catholic Agencies in Germany And speaks to the press on Taylor’s trail stein, the Association for humanity. He was arrested “With the tasks and challenges before us, I Development Cooperation on March 29, 2006 when make a fervent appeal to (AGEH) and the Archdio- he tried to flee Nigeria. the Clergy, Religious and cese of Cologne in Co- Taylor was president of Laity of the Diocese of logne. These agencies are Liberia from 1997 to 2003. Cape Palmas for collaborative action in the already giving support to He was on trial on a 11 dispensation of our duties the pastoral and social de- count indictment for war in the Lord’s vineyard. velopment programs of crimes against humanity There is a popular saying and crimes against human- that unity gives strength”. the diocese. Bishop Andrew J. Karnley Meanwhile , the press offi- ity committed during the (abstract from Bishop Bishop Karnley cers of MISEREOR and Aid civil conflict in Sierra karnley’s remarks on Leone. April 30,2011) to the Church in Need in- terviewed Bishop Karnley In December 1989, Taylor, about the Charles Taylor launched an armed upris-Bishop Andrew Karnley trail and verdict in The ing to overthrow the Sam-paid a two week visit to Hague. In the interviews, uel Doe regime, leading toGermany from April 15- Bishop Karnley stated that the Liberian civil war. Dur-29,2012 to meet with the trail and verdict of ing the civil war , all Libe-Catholic funding agencies the former Liberian Presi- rian dioceses sufferedwith the view to dent were a welcomed greatly; a Ghanaian prieststrengthening the bonds development in establish- and five American nunsof partnership and ac- ing a culture of holding were killed, the Church’squainting them with the people accountable for properties were vandalizedpastoral and social devel- their actions and also in by Taylor’s rebels, and nu-opments of the Diocese breaking the culture of merous nuns and priestsof Cape Palmas. While in impunity. He further fled the country. With helpGermany, he held meet- stated that it is his hope from foreign Catholic fund-ings with the following that the guilty verdict that ing agencies, Liberia’s threeagencies: MISEREOR, has been served on Mr. dioceses, the ArchdioceseMisso Aachen and Kin- Taylor will bring some of Monrovia and the Dio-dermissionswerk in measure of healing in Si- ceses of Cape Palmas andAachen, the Medical Mis- erra Leone and Liberia. Gbarnga are gradually re-sion Institute in Wurz- The former Liberian Presi- building their infrastruc-burg, CARITAS Germany dent has been standing tures ,human capacity, so-in Freiburg, Aid to the trial in The Hague for war cial and pastoral programs.Church in Need in Konig- crimes and crimes againstTo read more visit: http://www.churchinneed.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6995&news_iv_ctrl=1001 Thursday, April 26
  • 4. Page 4 Cape Palmas Herald Msgr. Gaye speaks at Maryland County Development Conference land County” Msgr. Gaye said, “peace-building is Marylanders as well as the entire the phase of the peace process that takes place country needed more human capacity in line with peace making and peace keeping. development most especially in the The process of peace-building facilitates the area of agriculture. Marylanders, he establishment of durable peace and tries to said, should find ways to enhance prevent the recurrence of violence by address- development and that those ways ing root causes and effects of conflict through must involve the local communities. reconciliation, institution building, and political Acting Dean of TU’s College of Man- as well as economic transformation.” Speaking agement and Public Administration, about reconciliation, Msgr. Gaye said reconcilia- Prof. Isaac George, then spoke on Msgr. Gaye tion after violence plays an indispensible role in current issues and pressing needs in peace theory. Quoting Galtung, Msgr. Gaye said the county. He stated that many of that reconciliation can be thought of as the res- the past challenges had been met but toration of a state of peace to human relation- that there are still key outstandingThe Vicar General of the Diocese of ship, where the individuals are at least not areas of concern: Education, Security,Cape Palmas, Rev. Msgr. Melvin Gaye harming each other , and can begin to be Economic Revitalization, Road Recon-spoke on April 23, 2012 at the Mary- trusted not to do such in the future, which struction & Reconciliation. He laid theland County Development Confer- means that revenge is forgone as an option. To road-map for the conference by com-ence. The two day conference ,which ensure peace-building, reconciliation, and secu- paring targets in the 2008 Povertywas held from April 23-24, 2012, was rity in Maryland County, the Diocese of Cape Reduction Strategy with the Countyhosted by the William V.S. Tubman Palmas in collaboration with Tubman University Development Agenda.University (TU) in collaboration with has developed a training on Trauma Healing &the Maryland County Authorities. reconciliation, where 42 participants graduated On the theme “NGOs and Inter-Speaking on the topic “Peace-building, from a eleven month program about two years national Organizations as Develop-Reconciliation and Security in Mary- ago, Msgr. Gaye said. He continued, “as the ment Partners”, Mr. Anthony Riggio of contribution of the diocese to the process of Marylanders for Progress (MFP) and peace building, reconciliation and security, we Phil Merriam, of the National Mary- History carry out legal education, human rights educa- land County Association of Liberia tion, conduct small skill mediation, do advocacy, (NAMCAL) were the presenters. Mr. The Diocese of Cape Palmas is conduct skills training in trauma healing and Riggio, shared a Kru proverb that says, located in South-eastern Liberia. reconciliation, and network with relevant NGOs “ once a person begins the process of It comprises of five counties: as well as the government of Liberia”. In his bending down to start picking up a Maryland, Grand Kru, Sinoe, concluding statement, the Vicar General said, a bucket of water, help will come as he Grand Gedeh, and River Gee society’s religious network can play an impor- or she is halfway”. He stated that Counties with the total tant role in establishing social and moral norms. NGO’s help people who are deter- population of ap-proximately Networking, he said, is one of the keys to sus- mined to help themselves. He gave an tainable peace and sustainable peace ensures overview of contributions MFP made 481,908 inhabitants. Its catholic lasting security. to the people of Maryland in the past, population is 15,863. At present, such as the market women, a library there are ten functional parishes Also speaking at the conference, Mrs. Edwina in Pleebo, JJ Dossen Hospital, etc. MFP with several outstations. On Vakun-Lincoln, Director of the Division of Micro, also promised to help with a radio February 2,1950, it became a Small and Medium Enterprise at the Ministry of transmitter in response to a plea by Vicariate. On May 7,1962 it was Commerce and Industry spoke on the impor- delegates at the conference. elevated to a Vicariate Apostolic tance of the business community –small, micro and on December 19,1981, it and medium enterprises- working together to Group discussions were captured. An help ensure growth and development of not open forum was facilitated by Rev. was created as a diocese. only Maryland County, but also Liberia. Rita Townsend, TU’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement to identify Mr. Eli Tubman, spoke on the topic “Maryland key areas. Rev. Amb. Dean Gerald Rising: A Vision for Reconstruction, Reconcilia- Coleman was the conference facilita- tion and Economic Growth”. He stated that if tor, while Mr. Henry Woart ably development was to truly come to Maryland, served as interpreter.
  • 5. Volume 1, Issue 3 Page 5 Renewal Ministries Conduct Seminar & Pastoral & Social Strategic Planning Committee Revival in the Diocese of Cape Palmas InstalledHis Excellency, Most Rev. Andrew Jaygaye Karnley has es- A cross section of priests, religious, catechists andtablished a Diocesan Pastoral and Social Strategic Planning some laity of parishes of the Diocese of Cape Pal-Committee in his diocese. Speaking to the Cape Palmas Her- mas had the experience of being participants at aald, Bishop Karnley said that the committee is mandated to seminar on the Catholic model of deliverance calledwork with parishes, departments and institutions to craft a the UNBOUND. This model of deliverance is basedshort and long term vision for the Diocese of Cape Palmas. on five keys: Repentance and Faith, Forgiveness,In so doing, Bishop Karnley said: “ the committee shall re- Renunciation, Command , and Blessing. The semi-structure the Diocesan Pastoral Conference (DPC) with a nar was facilitated by Lloyd and Nancy Greenhaw ofnew vision, and prepare for the hosting of a Diocesan Pas- Renewal Ministries based in Ann Arbor, Michigan ,toral and Social Strategic Planning Conference within 12 to U.S.A.18 months.” Renewal Ministries in collaboration with the Catho-Those appointed by Bishop Karnley in consultation with his lic Charismatic Renewal of Ghana and Liberia alsoconsulters on March 30,2012 are : Sr. Philomena Godfrey, conducted a four day revival in the St. Theresa Ca-SHF, Chairperson, Mr. P. Mike Jurry, Vice Chairperson, Mr. thedral in Cape Palmas . The revival was well at-Solo Otto Gaye, Secretary, Mrs. Regina Torpor, Member, Mr. tended.Charles S. Chea II, Member, Rev. Fr. Foster Gardiner, Mem- As an outcome of the revival, the exposition of theber, Msgr. Melvin Nyanti Gaye, Member, and Rev. Fr. Ted Blessed Sacrament is now taking place in the Cathe-Hayden, SMA, Advisor. dral from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Wednesdays. TheMeanwhile, the committee was installed on May 30, 2012 at revival and seminar were held from March 10-14,the Holy Mass held at the St. Theresa Cathedral. Speaking to 2012.the press, Sr. Philomena Godfrey called on committee mem-bers to take the task very serious so as to achieve the goalfor which the committee was organized. She then called onparishes, departments and institutions to work in close co-operation with the committee for a successful implementa-tion of its mandate. The committee has since begun itswork. Members of the Renewal Ministries and Charismatic Renewal of Ghana & Liberia pose with Bishop Karnley Members of the Strategic Planning Committee
  • 6. Page 6 Cape Palmas Herald Boosting Education in Liberia Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas makes strides in South-eastern Liberia high school to further their education. disclosed that the secretariat operates the Completing high school is not all, but school system from funds generated from having the sound and quality educa- school fees paid by students; an amount tion that smoothens the way to higher that does not ably caters to the payment of institutions of learning and preparing teachers salaries and needed materials for the mind for future challenges is what the schools. Another emerging challenge is the nations and parents yearn for, a the recent increment in salaries of teachers challenge the secretariat is faced with. of public schools in Liberia. This, according Sr. Philomena Jappah explained how to Sr. Jappah, has increased the outflow of Sr. Philomena Jappah, Assistant Edu- the secretariat is preparing to face this teachers from the system thereby increas- cation Secretary for Administration great challenge. “We have in place a ing the burden. periodic capacity building plan for our Speaking in terms of donors, she lauded teachers to improve skills and add on MISEREOR for supporting a 3 year project their knowledge in the various sub- which will build the capacity of teachers,The Education Secretariat of the Catholic jects. They also attend the rural teach- provide science laboratory equipments for 4Diocese of Cape Palmas in south-eastern ers training programs organized by high schools, renovate 3 schools, provideLiberia has been one of government’s government ,partners, and the educa- essential text books for all diocesan schoolskey partners in terms of providing sound tion secretariat. We also provide mini and a vehicle for school monitoring andand quality education to its citizens, es- reading rooms for our students and supervision..pecially in South-eastern Liberia. closely monitor the teaching proc- The Education Secretariat of the CatholicCurrently, the secretariat operates about esses to ensure people adhere to the policies and guidelines provided by Diocese of Cape Palmas has provided sound12 schools with (5,620 students)2,900 and quality education for people of themales and 2,720 females, ages ranging both the government and the dio- southeast since it was founded. Prior to thefrom 3 to 24years attending. These stu- cese”. In furtherance of their plan, a special one month training session is civil unrest in Liberia it was known as one ofdents include young people from differ- the best. In the 60s and 70s the Catholicent nations, Christian denominations, to be held in Harper, Maryland County School System also ran a college that pro-and religions. Currently, there are stu- from July to August 2012 for about 50 teachers within the Catholic School duced many prominent persons who havedents from Guinea, Ghana, as well as contributed and are contributing to thestudents from the Philippines within the System. Topics to be taught include well being of society. Currently, the Dioceseschool system. These schools include counselling and testing, various meth- ods and teaching strategies, educa- is comprised of 5 counties, namely: Sinoe,‘day care’, elementary, junior and senior Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru andsecondary schools in the south-eastern tional psychology, professional ethics, Maryland. There are 4 major high schools,region of Liberia. According to Sr. Philo- catholic doctrines and Christian princi- ples and key subjects such as Lan- St. Joseph in Greenville, Sinoe, Bishop Juwlemena Jappah, Assistant Secretary for in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh and St. Francis andFinance, Training and Administration at guage Arts and Mathematics. Our Lady of Fatima in Pleebo and Harperthe secretariat, there are three additional Despite these efforts, Sr. Jappah un- cities in Maryland County.schools undergoing scrutiny to be incor- derscored many challenges faced byporated in the systems soon. Also with the secretariat in carrying out its du- “The idea is to add on government’s effortsthe help of the SMA another school has to build the minds of our young people who ties and mandate. She named the exitbeen built in Hoffman Station, a popu- of qualified teachers from the system are the future leaders. The diocese alsolated community outside of Harper city, in search of higher salaries; the insuffi- develops the mind of people as one of itsMaryland County named in honor of the ciency of books and other materials; humanitarian efforts,” Sr. Philomena said.Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese, Boniface the lack of computer and other sci-Nyema Dalieh. This school is expected to ence laboratories, and the need forbegin classes in September 2012 with an scholarships for needy and deservinginitial status of KG to 3rd Grade. students. She also stressed the needWith the newly transformed Tubman for an active Parents and TeachersUniversity in the region, more young Associations in every school to en-people are being motivated to complete courage students stay in school. She
  • 7. Volume 1, Issue 3 Page 7 Bishop Karnley reopens the Mission in SasstownThe Diocese of Cape Palmas has officially reopened the Christ the King Parish located in Sasstown, Grand KruCounty on March 24, 2012. Speaking at the official reopening of the parish, Most Rev. Andrew Karnley called onthe faithful to work in close collaboration with their pastor, Rev. Fr. Nathaniel Kumeh . The mission in Sasstownhad no priest in residence since 1994. According to Fr. Nathaniel Kumeh, there is more work to be done in Sass-town with the church destroyed and no presbytery for the priest. The priest is presently residing in a private homegiven to the Church by the family of Fr. Blamo Harris, SDB. “The challenges here are very high, there is a need toconstruct a new presbytery, rehabilitate the church and school and reinforce the teaching of catechism,” Fr.Kumeh told the Herald the church was established in Sasstown by the SMA Fathers in 1911. In Buah, a large number of Catholics gathered to meet their bishop for the first time. Parishioners were amazedto meet and discuss with their bishop. One parishioner said, “it has been over ten years since a bishop had evervisited this region. Today is a great day because the people of God are meeting their Shepherd for the first timesince his enthronement in April 2011.”.The two churches in Buah are inaccessible due to the deplorable road con-dition. Speaking to the laity, Bishop said he was in Buah to see for himself the prevailing pastoral situation onground and to meet the people he has been called to shepherded. As the tradition of the people of South-easternLiberia demands, Bishop Karnley and his delegation were served with kola nuts and water as a sign of welcome.In Betu, Bishop Karnley and his delegation paid a surprising visit. He and his delegation inspected church proper-ties and visited the graves of the first SMA Missionaries who died in Betu as early as the 1900s. According to somereliable sources, it is believed that the Church was first planted in Betu and this place is the cradle of Catholicism inLiberia.Fr. Kumeh also stressed the need for more support to the mission in Sasstown. “I have to ride my motor bikesometimes for about two hours to reach some stations and when the bike has mechanical problems, I walk” hetold our reporter. He also called on people from this region to give back to the local church.Bishop Karnley was accompanied on his pastoral journey by Mr. Solo Otto Gaye, Mr. Abraham B. Wesseh, and Sr.Philomena Godfrey,SHF. From Left To right: Fr. Kumeh, Sr. Godfrey, Bishop Greaves of Early SMA Missionaries who died in Betu Karnley, & Mr. Gaye
  • 8. Page 8 Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas E-Newsletter Serving Humanity with Dignity -Catholic Health Services Put Smiles on Faces- Sr. Edith Wallace, SHF, Heath CoordinatorJoan Sieh, a 22 years old mother walked out of the Sacred Heart Clinic with smile beaming on her face. She and her 2 year old sonhave just received an emergency treatment for cholera. “I woke up this morning with the pains in my stomach, after little time Istarted vomiting and my child started crying, both of us went in the latrine more than two times. I was brought here by mybrother, but I am ok now”, she explained.This is just one scenario of the hundreds of cases catered to by the 5 Catholic clinics spread out in rural counties of south-easternLiberia. These clinics carry out many services ranging from consultations, PMTCT, MCH, basic laboratory services, and regular andemergency treatments and referrals eight hours a day, five days a week. According to records from these clinics, they cater tomore than 10,000 patients monthly with various cases including emergency deliveries, HIV/AIDS counselling and testing, post andprenatal cares, malaria, sexually transmitted infections and diseases, natural family planning methods, various vaccinations andmany others. According to the Coordinator of Catholic Health Services (CHS) in the Diocese of Cape Palmas, Sr. Edith Wallace, ser-vices are provided for minimum fees as compared to other private clinics around the country. “We have professional staff and runa fee for service but at a minimum cost. This is intended to make these clinics self dependent should donors funding stop in thefuture”, she said. Sister Wallace named some partners of the clinics to be the government of Liberia through its National Aids Con-trol program (NACP) and some financial aid provided at times; MISEREOR Germany for providing drugs and other supplies and theLutheran World Services (LWS) through counselling trainings provided for staff of the clinics.She disclosed that with the help provided by these partners the CHS is providing Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission(PMTCT) services of HIV/AIDS in two of its clinics in Maryland alone. These clinics include Sacred Heart in Harper and Saint Francisin Pleebo. She added that Saint Francis Clinic has a ‘Support Group’- people living with HIV- of 100 members. “They attend regularcounselling sessions, we also give ARTs and the cotrim as the need arises”.The coordinator of CHS also disclosed that teenage pregnancy and high rates of female contraction of HIV are major issues herclinics are faced with. Regular counselling and health talks on family planning, STIs and STDs prevention, hygiene promotion andother that are held at these clinics appear not to be sufficient to address these issues. The CHS also runs mobile clinic for HIV test-ing and other health matters to help minimize the HIV infection rate in the region.Despite these efforts it is obvious that these clinics are faced with numerous challenges as they strive to make Liberians healthy.As Sr. Edith Wallace explained there is a need for more support. “Generally, we need funds. Finance is the key but we appreciateother medical supplies such as laboratory equipment, solar freezers for vaccines, CD4 count machines that determine the level ofHIV infections in people and as many drugs as we can have. We also need ambulances and cars to enhance our movements.”She also disclosed that her clinics are faced with the problem of employees exit in search of higher salaries. According to the CHSCoordinator, the bad roads during raining season also hamper movement amongst the counties in which these clinics are located.Managing health facilities with challenges like the ones measured is tedious and stressful, a task Sr Edith Wallace and her staff em-brace to serve humanity. “We are motivated by the fact that we are serving humanity and contributing towards government’s ef-forts to save lives and make our people live healthy”, Sr. Wallace said.
  • 9. Page 9 Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas Newsletter Catholic Health Services Activities in Photos Maternal & child health activities, Sacred Heart Clinic, Harper In-service training, Christ the King, Zwedru Anti AIDS Club in Schools HIV Program T-Shirts HIV/AIDS Awareness Mobile Testing
  • 10. Page 10 Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas Newsletter Priestly Ordination in Photos - January 7,2012
  • 11. Page 11 Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas Newsletter Final Religious Profession in Photos -January 8,2012
  • 12. Page 12 Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas Newsletter Renewing the Infrastructure of the Diocese of Cape PalmasThe seemingly daunting and challenging task of renovating and even reconstructing the damaged infrastruc-tures of the Diocese of Cape Palmas is one of the priorities of Bishop Andrew J. Karnley. This process has al- .ready begun with the renovation of the Diocesan Secretariat in Harper and Convent of the Schools Sisters ofNotre Dame in Zwedru. Other works already in progress are the renovation of the presbytery in Harper and abuilding for the establishment of a nursery in Pleebo by the Sisters of the Holy Family. Rev. Fr. John Guineyhas provided funding for the renovation of the chapel in Bonike. Bricks are being made for the constructionof a new presbytery in Zwedru. The construction of the presbytery in Zwedru is being funded by MissioAachen, and the American Province of the Society of African Missions.MISEREOR will fund the renovation of three schools in the diocese, namely: Our Lady of the Angelus inZlehtown, Grand Gedeh County, St. Patrick in Grandcess, Grand Kru County, and St. Joseph in Greenville, Si-noe County. Renovation is already in process on the school in Zlehtown.OPAM in Rome, Italy, has approved funding for some basic renovation of St. Peter Claver School in Barclay-ville while Kindermissiowerk in Aachen, Germany will fund the renovation of the kindergarten in Grandcess.Meanwhile, funding is being sought for other places around the diocese. The Conference Room of the newly renovated Diocesan Secretariat Side view of the renovated Diocesan Secretariat Front view of the renovated convent in Zwedru Sitting room of the renovated convent in Zwedru
  • 13. Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas Newsletter follow us on facebook @http://www.facebook.com/groups/171911256195 Cape Palmas Herald is the official Newsletter of the Diocese of Cape Palmas Managing Editor : Solo Otto Gaye Email: sologaye@yahoo.com Phone: +231-886333-194 Production Center: Diocesan Secretariat, Harper, Liberia, West AfricaIf you wish to discontinue receiving emailed copies ofthis Newsletter, please email : sologaye@yahoo.com Philippians 4:13, “I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me”. Bishop Karnley crossing River Gbartuah to reach the Faithful in Betu, Grand Kru County. SMA Missionaries arrived in Betu as early as 1900. Congratulations!!!!!! Inspirational Quote “It is not ideologies that save the world, but only Heartfelt Congratulations to Bishop Andrew J. Karnley as he cele- a return to the living brates his first anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination on April God, our Creator, the 30.2011. Bishop Karnley was born on 26 April 1967 in Jawajeh Varney Bohn,Bomi County, North-western Liberia.He was ordained guarantor of our to the priesthood on 9 July, 1995 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral. freedom, the guarantor From 2005-2009, was appointed by the Holy Father as Apostolic of what is really good Administrator Sede Plena of the Archdiocese of Monrovia.On 5th and true.” January 2011, he was appointed by the Holy Father as Bishop of the Diocese of Cape Palmas. Pope Benedict XVI Upcoming Event: The Silver Jubilee of Sr. Edith Wallace, SHF. Date: August 5,2012. Venue: St. Theresa Cathedral @ 10:00 AM, Harper, Liberia RVSP: +231-886-425-339/ +231-886-601-606

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