July 23, 2016 - July 24, 2016
We welcome FR. PEDRO CHINGANDU, M.S., who is the Provincial Superior of the Missionaries of La Salette in Angola, to our Parish of Mary Queen to preach an appeal on behalf of the missionary work of the La Salettes worldwide. The annual parish mission appeal will be July 23rd & 24th.
Fr. Pedro was born in Angola in 1963 during the Portuguese Colonial Era. Three Angolan liberation movements (FNLA, MPLA & UNITA) begin fighting each other creating a period of chaos, political persecution and death in the country. In 1976 Fr. Pedro’s parents decided to leave their home and seek refuge in Zambia. At 12 years of age Pedro became a refugee and his first home was under a tree marked by a sign which read “Road 19, Plot 88.”
In 1979 a La Salette priest from Switzerland began working with Angolan & Zairians in Zambia. He got to know Pedro and sent him to study at the minor seminary where he got his high school diploma in 1987. Unable to return to his home in Angola because of the civil war Pedro was sent to Cochabamba, Bolivia for his Novitiate with the La Salettes and then to Brazil for his theological studies. The Lusaka Accord brought a period of relative peace in Angola and Fr. Pedro was able to return home to be ordained a priest on April 15, 1996.
In 1999 Fr. Pedro returned to his home country after spending 15 years as a refugee in Zambia and 8 years of study in Brazil. He became the Novice Master and six months later in January, 2000 he was elected Regional Superior in Angola. During his first term of service he was abducted by UNITA rebels which fortunately lasted only a week. At the end of his second term he came to the United States and worked at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, and four years later in 2010 he came to serve at St. Thomas the Apostle in Smyrna, GA where Fr. Jim was serving as pastor. Speaking Portuguese, Spanish, English and a few African dialects he was a valuable minister in that multi-cultural parish setting.
In January of 2013, while still in the USA, Fr. Pedro was elected to be the first Provincial Superior of the newly established province in Angola and he was re-elected again in January of this year.
It is with great joy we welcome Fr. Pedro to preach our La Salette Mission appeal here at Mary Queen.