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OST holds memorial mass for Fr. Kennedy Katongo, OMI

 Abril Villarreal-Medina
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fr_kennedy_mass5Earlier today at 11:40 AM, a memorial mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Chapel in the Oblate School of Theology (OST) in San Antonio, Texas, to celebrate the life of Fr. Kennedy Muma Chalwe Katongo, OMI. Fr. Kennedy, the Director General Service of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation Office (JPIC) passed away in Rome, Italy, on September 14, 2016, at the age of 36. The beautiful mass was celebrated by Fr. Raymond Mwangala, OMI, a close friend of the departed father and fellow member of the Zambia Delegation.

Fr. Katongo was born in Lusaka, Zambia on May 3, 1980. He was a life-long, passionate advocate for the youth, and constantly participated in programs that aided in the prevention of poverty, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, child abuse, and other powerful causes. In 2007 he interned in Washington, DC, with the Oblate JPIC office. Fr. Kennedy was also well-known and loved in San Antonio, for he graduated from OST in 2009 with a Master of Arts degree, and later with a Master of Divinity degree in 2010. That same year, he was ordained to the priesthood in his native Zambia and immediately appointed as associate pastor in the Kalabo Mission and director of youth ministry in the Zambia Delegation. In 2014 Fr. Kennedy was appointed as the Director General for the JPIC in Rome, where he remained until his passing.

“Our young brother is gone…but death is not the end,” affirmed Fr. Mwangala.

Last week, a funeral mass for Fr. Kennedy was held in Rome, and attended by scores of his fellow Oblates and friends, including the Superior General, Most Rev. Louie Lougen and Very Rev. Bill Antone. Today, his body will be returned to his family in his beloved Zambia so they can celebrate his life and give him burial. May Fr. Kennedy Katongo, OMI, rest in eternal peace with Our Lord. He will be deeply missed by many, but this is not a goodbye, it’s a ‘see you later.’

To read more about the celebration of life held in Rome on September 23, please visit this post: www.oblatemissions.org/11974/funeral-mass-for-fr-kennedy-katongo-omi/