The newly appointed administrator for the diocese of Buea, Bishop Michael Bibi, arrived in his new diocese on Thursday January 2, 2020.
The young Bishop replaces Bishop Emmanuel Bushu who has taken his retirement after 13 years as Bishop.
I was part of the delegation of some twenty persons who accompanied the new Bishop.
At a bridge at the gateway to the diocese, there was a mammoth crowd of Christians waiting for their new Shepherd.
As soon as the convoy arrived, they burst into singing and dancing.
When he came out of his car, there was euphoria in the air. Singing and dancing rose to a frenzy.
Neither the bishop nor those of us who accompanied him had expected this. It was moving.
Overjoyed, the new Apostolic administrator started hugging whoever he could reach. At one point, the protocol had to step in for the journey to continue.
As we drove to the Cathedral, there were as many stops on the way as there were mission stations and Parishes and even some small Christian communities.
The Bishop stopped often to hug the excited and anxious Christians. At one place, I saw a security guard running after the Bishop’s car, shouting that the bishop should bless him. When the bishop noticed it, he asked the driver to stop and he blessed the man, making his day.
The climax was in the Cathedral where there was benediction followed by speeches. The first to speak was the laity council representative who eloquently expressed the joy of the Christians. Then the Bishop himself who thanked the people for their warm reception and said he was counting on all for their contribution to build the diocese.
From the look of things, the entire diocese is very happy with their new leader. There is no doubt that they will work so well. For one thing, the new Apostolic leader, Bishop Michael Bibi is a very likeable person, very nice to work with. He has time for everybody, parents and children inclusive just like the haves and the haves not.
He displayed this quality when he was the Director of Maryvale institute. He brought in many priests. And as the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Bamenda, he went to the remotest areas, shared time with the young and the old.
We call on all our readers to put this young, dynamic, competent and committed Bishop in prayers.