September 17, 2012
A Place to Honor Mary
Forty-two years in the making, a Marian shrine in Zambia has become a place for spiritual renewal and forgiveness.
You could say it was perfect timing. In 1969, Marianist Father Anthony Jansen arrived in Zambia, a country in southern Africa. He had been called to serve as a chaplain at Matero Boys Secondary School, a Marianist sponsored school in Lusaka, the capital.
That same year, the Archbishop of Lusaka began soliciting people to help build a permanent Marian shrine for the archdiocese. Father Anthony and a handful of others embraced the challenge — one that began a 42-year journey.