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Thursday, April 10, 2014
The close relationship of the Focolare Movement with the Bangwa tribe, a final salute to our beloved Fon Lukas

From right: Fon Njifua Lukas (Fontem) , Chiara Lubich, Fon Njiendem Joseph (Fonjumetaw)

Winnie Nwafor and Frantisek Slavicek from the Focolare community of Fontem informed us of the news: “On April 2, 2014, the Fon of Fontem, Njifua Lukas , died suddenly. He passed away while being rushed to hospital.”

We remember the historic encounter between Fon Lukas – who had inherited the legacy of his father Fon Defang – and Chiara Lubich in May 2000 when Fon Lukas conferred on Chiara the title, Mafua Ndem (Queen sent by God), making her an honoured member of the tribe. The ceremony was given in the presence of the entire population of the Bangwa tribe in the natural amphitheatre in front of the Royal Palace in Azi. Chiara responded by narrating the history that was shared by focolarini and Bangwa ever since 1964. She invited everyone to make a strong and binding pact of mutuall love “in which they commit,” she said, “to live in peace with one another and to re-establish peace if it is ever broken.”  Chiara invited Fon Lukas to make the same pact with the Fon of Fonjumetaw as a way of drawing other peoples to unite in the same spirit.” From here the New Evangelisation project was born, and it was entrusted to the “twin Fons” as they came to be called from that day.

From that moment a close correspondence began between Chiara and Fon Lukas, who kept her abreast of all the meetings, developments and impact of the New Evangelisation among the population.

Fon Lukas had been in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, where he was working as a State Senator. From Fontem they write: “The news of his death took us completely by surprise and the population was overcome with sorrow. Everyone headed for the Royal Palace in Azi, with any means possible – on foot, car or motorbike. The Fon’s body arrived at the Palace between three and four o’clock in the morning and was given a traditional burial in the morning. In the days that followed many members of the Focolare community went to the Palace to comfort the family.“ Focolare president Maria Voce sent condolences and prayers from the Focolare Movement “at the sudden departure of a dear brother and friend.”

In 2001 Fon Lucas had been awarded the Luminosa Award and in his address at the permanent Mariapolis in Hyde Park, NY, he said: “The New Evangelisation launched by Chiara Lubich in 2000 gains more and more footing in Fontem. The fruits have been so many that we pray God that it will be possible for the whole world to experience it.”

Fon Lukas Njifua (3rd from right) with Maria Voce and Giancarlo Faletti during their visit in 2009

In March, 2008 upon receiving the news of Chiara Lubich’s death, he left for Rome immediately, obtaining a visa in record time. He was accompanied by the Fon of Fonjumetaw and became one of the principle promoters of preparations for the “Cry Die” of Mafua Ndem  Chiara that was held in January 2009, a grand celebration that had the unanimous support of the entire tribe.

Winnie and Frantisek conclude: “We are thankful to him for having supported and watched over the work of the Focolare Movement in Fontem, and for having welcomed all (and there were many!) who came to live in the Mariapolis during his reign, simply because they were members of Chiara’s family, no matter where they were from. The doors of the Palace were always open to us. Now we are certain that he will continue to intercede that love will always reign among his people, as Chiara had said in 2000: “Also in the future the vocation of Fontem will be that of the ‘city on a hill’ so that everyone will be able to see and admire and imitate.”

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Fiamma Ingrid Stropek

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 19:57

Appena tornata da un viaggio ho appreso la notizia della partenza del Fon Lukas di Fontem, che mi ha colpito profondamente. Posso capire che é una grande e dolorosa perdita per i Bangwa, per Fontem e il Movimento di lá. Ha vissuto la sua vita per l´Amore, per la nuova evangelizzazione e nel dialogo con quelli che appartengono alle religioni tradizionali in Africa, e nel servizio politico nel suo paese. Adesso Dio gli ricompenserá!
Anch´io mi unisco alle preghiera per lui. Fiamma

Thomas Mayerhofer

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 16:49

Come il re di Fontem Lukas e come tante altre persone non raremente focolarini o persone del – o nel contatto col – movimento dei focolari sono stati chiamati all’improvviso nell’altra vita. Soltanto da alcuni santi si racconta, che – per una grazia speciale – hanno saputo in anteprima il “come, dove e quando” della loro morte. Alcune settimane fa ho sentito nella radio una preghiera del beato P. Rupert Mayer SJ. Per via delle sue coraggiose prediche antifasciste la Gestapo lo arrestò tre volte. A guerra finita Rupert Mayer tornò a Monaco, nel convento dei Gesuiti, riprese a predicare, ma morì nello stesso anno (novembre 1945) mentre stava predicando dal pulpito della chiesa di Michaelskirche. Lui è sepolto nella cripta della chiesa della congregazione mariana a Monaco, la Bürgersaalkirche. Qui è la sua preghiera:
„Herr, WIE Du willst, so will ich geh’n und WIE Du willst, soll mir gescheh’n, hilf Deinen Willen nur versteh’n. – Herr, WANN Du willst, dann ist es Zeit, und WANN Du willst, bin ich bereit, heut‘ und in alle Ewigkeit. – Herr, WAS Du willst, das nehm’ ich hin, und WAS Du willst, ist mir Gewinn, genug, dass ich Dein Eigen bin. – Herr, WEIL Du’s willst, drum ist es gut, und WEIL Du’s willst, drum hab ich Mut, mein Herz in Deinen Händen ruht. Amen.“

Marigioi

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 13:26

E’ senza dubbio una dolorosa notizia ma allo stesso tempo mi rafforza la certezza che si tradurrà in nuove benedizioni dal Cielo per la realizzazione del disegno di Dio su Fontem!! Mi unisco alle preghiere di tutto il Movimento per il Fon, la sua famiglia e tutto il suo popolo.

Amaris

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 23:08

gracias por este perfil… se contempla una Obra de Dios, construida con amor, perseverancia y creyendo en el amor de Dios; luz para estos pueblos y todos los pueblos de la tierra. Qué testimonio! El rey de Fontem, seguramente lleva buena parte de su pueblo entre sus brazos para presentarlo al Padre… qué fiesta en el Cielo! junto a Chiara y todos los que hacen posible la unidad, la fraternidad…

Ernesto

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 14:17

Grazie di questo profilo di Fon Njifua Lukas, re di Fontem del
10 aprile 2014, mi permette di pregare per Lui, di volergli bene in quanto ha colto con Chiara il disegno di Dio scriveva col suo Popolo e ha cercato di corrispondervi.

Thomas Mayerhofer

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 12:55

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=247174905469583&set=a.103374446516297.3855.100005312253960&type=1&theater

Ho trovato una bella foto di 2008 – 1Pace

Monica

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 09:14

Con dispiaciuta sorpresa apprendo questa notizia. Il fon di Fontem faceva parte della famiglia e l’avevo molto caro. Si vedeva un segno dal Cielo nel suo rapporto con Chiara. Ora sono insieme in Cielo, insieme a tutti i nostri … Lo affido a Maria e ricordo tutta la comunità di Fontem.

    Tesita Dionson

    Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 04:55

    E’ stato un”cry die”quando ho saputo la notizia.Ricordo di lui, non soltanto il Re del tribu Bangwa ma anzitutto era un fratello che ha accolto noi come della sua famiglia.Suo forte unita con Chiara, e’una grande testimonianza di Dio amore, che ha portato avanti il cielo sulla terra,un miracolo nella foresta.Ci uniamo alla famiglia in questo momento di separazione,dolore, ed assicurandovi la nostra preghiera.Chiara, Fon Defang,Mafua Ester,Pa Nicasio son li con te in cielo.Grazie Fon,arrivederci!