Today is January 1, 2020. We are beginning the year in a big way by having in our midst an August visitor. This distinguished personality is the newly appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Buea, Bishop Michael Bibi, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bamenda.
It was on Saturday, 28 December, 2019 that the Holy Father, Pope Francis made the surprise appointment which was announced simultaneously in Rome and in the Diocese of Buea at mid day.
Our Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, fondly called The Emerging Vatican was the first to receive him as he celebrated a pontifical High Mass with us the next day, the feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth.
The big event that day was the celebration of the jubilee of the erection of the Diocese by the Family Life Apostolate. It was a real privilege to have the Bishop with us.
Today, he comes again, to start the new year with us with a Pontifical High Mass. It also happens to be his last Mass in the Archdiocese, prior to his departure to his new station. Again we are blessed to receive his episcopal blessings.
We have an Archdiocese with 45 perishes and quasi Parishes and each one would have loved to be the one to be distinguished to receive his pontifical blessings, but it is the Emerging Vatican alone that is blessed with that opportunity.
We cannot thank God enough. As we say, love begets love or a good turn deserves another. We will be represented in Buea tomorrow when he lands there to take up his new function.
Above all, we are joining the rest of the Archdiocese to dedicate him to the Lord in prayers; that the Almighty God may equip him with the necessary health, strength and wisdom to accomplish his mission in a way pleasing to Him.