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No. 51 • January - January 2010 • Page 380
 •  Initiatives

Edea, Cameroon -- Work Camp in the parishes of St. John Bosco and St. Catherine of Siena

This past August, a group of twenty students from the Nolanga Study Center in Yaoundé and the Lobéké Study Center in Duala, two apostolic works of Opus Dei in Cameroon, participated in Project Edea, aimed at the construction of two parish churches in the diocese of Edea.

The students dedicated their mornings to paving the floor of the parish of St. John Bosco and building a drainage system for rainwater around the parish church of St. Catherine of Siena, located some 15 miles from the city of Edea. In the afternoon, they gave catechism classes for over 200 children from these parishes, as well as classes of mathematics, French, English, and Spanish, and finished with some songs and games.

Besides daily Mass and other acts of piety, including the Holy Rosary, there was time to visit the cathedral and the tomb of Babá Simon, the first person born in Cameroon whose process of beatification has been opened. The students also visited orphan children cared for by the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

They were received by the Bishop of the diocese, Most Rev. Jean Bosco Ntep, who thanked the students for their help and encouraged them to give consistent witness of Christian life wherever they found themselves. The faithful from the two parishes gave a farewell choral concert for all those taking part in Project Edea.

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