A FEW kilometres east of the mining town of Luanshya, deep in Lambaland, lies Saint Theresa’s Catholic Mission, commonly known as Ibenga. It is the home of the Conventual Franciscan Friars (OFM Conv.), the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Assisi (FMSA) and the renowned Ibenga Girls Secondary School.
Typical of the Catholic tradition, lurking behind the church at Ibenga is a graveyard containing the remains of priests and nuns among them the first bishop of Ndola Diocese, Francis Mazzieri, a Conventual Franciscan friar who planted the Catholic faith on the Copperbelt and North-Western provinces, together with other Italian missionaries.
Other mortal remains interred at Ibenga include those of the first three indigenous Zambian Franciscan priests, the penurious Fr Francis Mwamba, the Mozart-incarnate and Gregorian music lover Fr John Katongo and the erudite theologian Fr Mark Funga."
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