By Benjamin Msowoya
On 6th August 2017, 331 Wamama Wachitemwano, a Devotional Group in the Diocese of Karonga, concluded their annual retreat at St Francis of Assisi Shrine in Kaseye, Chitipa. The retreat was organized by the Lay Apostolate Desk and targeted all Wamama Wachitemwano in the Diocese of Karonga. The retreat started on 2 August 2017 and closed on 6 August with a Eucharistic celebration which was presided over by the Vicar General, Mons. Denis Chitete.
Since 2016, the Lay Apostolate Desk has been organizing annual retreat sessions for all the lay movements and devotional groups in the Diocese. This is aimed at giving some sacred space and time to members of lay movements to seriously reflect on their lives. Each lay movement or devotional group is allocated days on which they can have a retreat at St Francis of Assisi Shrine in Kaseye, Chitipa.
For this year, 2017, the first group to go for the retreats were Wamama Wachitemwano. During their retreat, the women reflected on their lives guided by the following thematic areas.
- My Father’s House (Kutumbika Nyumba ya Wadada)
- Faith (Chipulikano)
- Responsible Parenthood (Upapi Wahamala Mchikaya)
The women also had time for communal prayers, including Mass, as well as time to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.