Sunday, Oct. 20, kicks off Congo Week. This international event began in 2008 as a way to raise global consciousness about the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and advocate for peace, justice, and human dignity in partnership with Congolese people. This week of activities commemorates the millions of lives lost in the Congo conﬂict while celebrating the enormous human and natural potential that exists in the country. There are several events taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio this week in honor of Congo Week.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 20: At the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse, we will begin Congo Week with a Mass in the Chapel at 9:30 a.m. concelebrated by Fr. Pat McClouskey and Fr. Rufﬁno Ezama, a Comboni Missionary working in Cincinnati. Congolese seminarian, Deacon Boniface Twaibu will also participate. Fr. Rufﬁno and Deacon Boniface will offer an informal discussion after Mass.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22: We will hold a “cell out” 12-1 p.m. We encourage everyone to turn off your cell phones for that hour as a way to raise consciousness about the conﬂict in the Congo. An estimated 6 million people have died in the Congo since 1996 due to a scramble for the Congo’s spectacular natural resources. Coltan is a key source of the conﬂict in the Congo. It is a mineral widely used in numerous electronic devices such as cell phones and game consoles and is mined illegally in the Congo by rebel militia and foreign forces and then sold to multinational corporations.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23: Jacky Kalubi, a Cincinnatian from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will talk about the conﬂict in the DRC and what we can do to help. Jacky just returned from a mission trip in the Congo and has a lot to share with us. She will speak in the Motherhouse Rose Room at 7 p.m. There will be refreshments including Congolese snacks.
Information provided by the Office of Peace, Justice & Integrity of Creation Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, 5900 Delhi Road, Mt. St. Joseph, OH 45051 srcharitycinti.org/opjic.htm