Catholic Community Bury Rev. Fr Christian Mofor in Bamenda

By Bakah Derick

The Pastor, Teacher and Administrator is laid to Rest
The former Rector of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary (STAMS) Bambui and The Catholic University of Central Africa (UCAC) Yaounde, Rev Fr. Christian Mofor (58) has been laid to rest. He was lowered to his final resting place at exactly 12noon Tuesday June 23, 2015 besides the Church building of the Bamenda St Joseph Metropolitan Cathedral Mankon.

To accompany him were over 300 priests from within and without the Bamenda Archdiocese, a large number of Religious Men and Women, the administration of the Northwest Region represented by the inspector General at the Governor’s Office, His Family and a huge number of Catholics and non-Catholics alike with many coming from his Nso-Melim community of origin. Cameroon’s lone Cardinal Christian Tumi Archbishop Emeritus of Douala, Bishops of Kumbo, Mamfe, Buea joined their Colleagues of the Bamenda Archdiocese in the Funeral Mass Said for the late Priest.

The Last Journey 
The final journey to his resting place started Monday June 22 2015, after removal from the Shisong Mortuary. Holy Mass in Melim, stops in the family Home, STAMS Bambui with Mass, Five Masses in the Cathedral all through the night before the funeral Mass on Tuesday June 23, 2015. It should be noted that The Catholic Universities of Yaounde and Bamenda gave the departed Professor Academic Honours in a solemn event in the campus of CATUC Bamenda upon arrival in Bamenda before the Masses.

Rev Fr Christian Mofor
Born in Shisong Bui Division in 1957, Fr Christian Mofor gained admission into the Saint Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary (STAMS) Bambui in 1979 and was ordained Priest in April 1986. He worked as Priest in Njindom Momo Division, Bali in Mezam from 1986 to 1989 then moved to Switzerland for study leave. He returned from studies with a PHD in Philosophy and was appointed to STAMS where he taught Logic, Methodology, African Traditional Religion, History of Ancient Philosophy and Philosophical Anthropology. In September 2002 he was appointed Rector of the STAMS and in 2005 Rector of the Catholic University of Central Africa, Yaounde where he served for Six years. After a year of Sabbatical spent in STAMS classrooms as teacher, he was appointed for relief duties as acting Principal to St. Bede’s College, Ashing-Kom and in June of 2012 he was appointed Catholic Education Secretary of the Archdiocese of Bamenda. 
While serving as Catholic Education Secretary of the Archdiocese of Bamenda, Rev Fr. Christian Mofor took ill with a major stroke. House bound as his health degenerated; Father spent his last days on earth as a counselor for those who visited him. He died on the 11th of June 2015, at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Hospital in Shisong a short distance from where he was born.

How he is Remembered
 He is remembered by many including The Auxiliary Bishop to the Bamenda Archdiocese Agapitus Nfon as a man who will not start something if he will not finish it well. According to him It was either you do it correct and well or you do not do it at all. Rev. Fr. Christian Mofor is said to have excelled during his studies for a PHD in a way that very few have ever done. To many of his students, he was a disciplinarian.  “Make time to rest even while you work” Rev. Fr. Christain told everyone who visited him in hospital.