CathSoc@ C.U.T Easter Conference Report

By Talent Makona
On Thursday the 18th of April, 31 delegates from our Catholic Society (CathSoc) at Chinoyi University of Technology (C.U.T) left for the National Movement for Catholic Students (N.M.C.S) Easter Conference, held at Mavhudzi high school, Nyazura. Despite the challenges, we arrived at the venue around 5pm, just in time for super and got an opportunity to rest as we waited for Mass of the Lord’s Super. On Good Friday a talk on the topic: Young People, Creating Safe Spaces for Holistic Growth in this Dynamic World, was delivered. This talk motivated and enlightened us that we are our own liberators, we have to be angry enough to act, never to let fear hold us back, to have our own life strategies, and to be prepared to go down to our valleys in order to get what we want. Subsequently the Way of the Cross and the service followed. Later in the evening we had a discussion on Catholic Charismatic Renewal which left many questions answered as it proved to be a concept that was misunderstood. There was also a talk on the Catholic Church, nature, spirituality and roots. This discussion was led by our very own convincing speaker, Sister Chinyani (LCBL).

On Holy Saturday we had a talk on fighting depression. This topic was chosen specifically due to the suicide cases that have haunted our very own brothers and sisters who have resorted to taking their lives because of failure to manage the situations they would be facing. The talk also covered stress management and emotional intelligence. We then participated in quiz competitions that were followed by another talk on Faith and Vocational Discernment. A few representatives from various religious societies came over and gave us a brief background on their calling, charisms in ministry and what they expect when one chooses to join. Fair enough marriage was also represented. After a short break we had an educational talk based on the theme: Safeguarding the Academic Space. We then went for community engagement where a few people went to a nearby convent to help in fixing their surroundings. Most of the group members went to a nearby farm and this gave us time to socialise as we pruned tobacco. The eventful day was capped b the life changing vigil mass; the mother of all vigils.

On Easter Sunday there were choir competitions and a talk that was given by Steward Bank delegates who strongly encouraged us to open accounts. They also stressed on the importance of saving money. Later in the day sporting activities followed lunch. People then attended the long awaited masquerade dinner which indeed was a success.

CathSoc at C.U.T was recognised as the most active society hence nicknamed ‘cut region’ was bestowed on us ,this was through our active participation in leading mass through singing, dancing, way of the cross, and undertaking of required duties on time. Our very own Shelton Zvibodo was awarded a certificate for being the most committed participant. C.U.T dance group came first and a certificate was awarded. Harare region under which C.U.T fall became first in the choir competitions.

Nonetheless we failed to meet up with the demands of the transport providers due to economic challenges that are not being faced only by us as a society but the whole of Zimbabwe. Special thanks to The Bishop of Chinhoyi our patrons, who helped us with transport money, coordinator Sr Chinyani and Chaplain Fr Bamusi for their unwavering support. Last but not least we would like to thank the Lord Almighty for protecting us. Finally the conference was indeed a life changing experience which gave us a life changing opportunity one would not want to miss.

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