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November 11th is a very significant and festive day for the people of  Poland,  as they celebrate their Independence Day. It has become a tradition in Cameroon that all Polish missionaries gather for prayer and recreation on that day. Initially, meetings were organized at the Pallottine Polish mission stations. For several years, however, we have been meeting in Atok - at the Divine Mercy Sanctuary of the Diocese of Doumé Abong-Mbang, where Bishop Jan Ozga is the leader of the Church. Every year, Bishop Jan  (presently the only Polish bishop in Cameroon)  - presides over the  solemn Mass, proclaims the Word of God and gives the latest information on the life of the Church. The meeting is always attended by the Polish Honorary Consul in Cameroon - Ms. Mirosława Etoga and other digniteries.

This year's meeting gathered about 50 priests, sisters and lay people. There was also common singing of patriotic songs and dance accompanied by guitar and organ. The testimonies of the oldest missionaries working in different parts of Cameroon were interesting to hear. They told life stories of  their missionary work and experience. During the agape, everyone could taste Polish flavors: pierogi, sausages, cheesecake/ poppy seed cake... The family atmosphere filled the day with joy, prayer and unity.

Sr. Fabiana Leitgeber SAC

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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