The Faith and Encounter Centre of Zambia (FENZA) is an initiative of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers). Its purpose is to empower Christians in Zambia to face the challenges of contemporary and traditional cultures with openness and to encounter people of different Christian denominations, religions and contemporary religious movements.
VENERATO DEUS BABAINE (director)
Missionary in Zambia since 1998, with experience in Mansa, Kasama and Lusaka dioceses. Fr Venerato admires Zambians' cultural expression through music, dance, art and languages. He promotes environmental protection and conservation. Producer of the documentary: “The Earth Our Home – Conservation for Integrity of Creation”.
PHILIP MERABA (financial administrator)
Missionary experience in Malawi from 2011 to 2019. Studied Ecumenism in Venice (Italy) for three years. Appointed to FENZA in April 2022.
MWAKA MULAVU (librarian and archivist)
Diploma in Library and Information Science from Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Sciences, in Lusaka, Zambia.
Missionary experience in Ghana, Burundi and Zambia (Chipata and Lusaka Dioceses). Co-author of Lumimba Parish Diary (2017). Recently he studied anthropology at SOAS University of London.
Missionary experience in Burkina Faso and Zambia (Dioceses of Mongu and Lusaka). BA in Christian Theology for World Religions, MA in Development Studies. Currently working in St Lawrence Parish, Lusaka.
Missionary experience in Uganda and Zambia (Diocese of Lusaka). MA in Person-Centred Therapy, MA and PhD in anthropology. Author of Tonga mourning ritual (Dilwe): The therapeutic aspect (2019). Currently working in Kabwata Parish, Lusaka.
Missionary experience in Chipata and Lusaka Dioceses of Zambia. Author of Unseen worlds: Dealing with spirits, witchcraft, and Satanism (2015). Currently working in Lumimba Parish, in the Luangwa Valley of eastern Zambia.
TOON VAN KESSEL
Missionary experience in Chipata and Lusaka Dioceses of Zambia. Author of Dzedzerere dzedzere salingana nkhugweratu: A collection of a 1000 Chewa proverbs (2015).
How to contact us
Faith and Encounter Centre (FENZA)
P.O. Box 320 076
0776962498 (financial administrator)
Where to find us
From Lusaka city centre, proceed along Leopards Hill Rd, heading out of town. Just after the Bauleni turn-off, go past the Catholic Church and Radio Yatsani, turn left and follow the FENZA signposts.