It is with great sadness that we report the death of our good friend Ephraim Lukong in Cameroon.  Ephraim died from COVID-19 in Shisong Hospital in his home village on Monday 26th April at the age of 70.  His wife Theresia, who also contracted the virus has, now been discharged from hospital and is living with her family whilst she recuperates.

Some of you will remember their visit to our Parish in 1995.  They inspired everyone with their commitment to the family through their work as Co-Directors of the Family Life Apostolate in the Diocese of Kumbo, Cameroon.  The Family was seen as the tree, with the branches representing the various needs. These included everyone, especially the vulnerable and the poor.  They offered Marriage preparation and help, supported single mothers especially when faced with the pressure of abortion of the unborn baby in the womb, HIV support and young people.   The Cameroon Education Fund was set up at Ephraim’s suggestion to support the education of the orphaned and vulnerable children following the visit of two of our parishioners to Cameroon.   We thank the Carmelites and parishioners for their generous support and continued commitment over the years.

Please pray for Theresia and all her family in your prayers at this sad time.