Lumen Christi is a Satellite Television Network I conceived with divine inspiration as a direct answer to that soul inspiring Catholic hymn that says - "How can I repay the Lord for his goodness with divine inspiration?" As I clock the age of 50 by God's Grace this 13th May, 2014; I am humbled beyond doubt, that one cannot really repay God in totality for his numerous blessings over the years, simply because, these blessings and favours are immeasurable and of course unquantifiable.
It gives me serious cause for concern that the Mother Church in Africa, with millions of Lay Faithful across Africa, does not have a direct continent wide means of Mass Communication for her work of evangelization and winning new souls for Christ.
It is in the light of the foregoing, that I most humbly present this Television Network to all Catholics' as it has pleased God to use me to establish it in commemoration of my 50th Birthday.
TRANSMISSION AND LANGUAGES
By the special Grace of God, Lumen Christi Television will transmit accross Africa and the entire world through DSTV, Mobile Apps, Roku TV and other IPTV platforms. It will involve programmes produced by various Parishes from different parts of Africa both French and English speaking with particular focus on ROMAN CATHOLIC presence in Africa.
Dioceses, Parishes, Religious Congregations, Seminaries/Catholic Universities and Institutions of higher learning as well as Societies and Organisations can send in programmes; we broadcast all quality productions sent in, if they meet the Network's vision, mission, quality control tests and most importantly in strict adherence to the teachings and doctrines of the church. Productions are charged a token fee to defray the huge cost of maintenance of the station.
Briefly, the programme contents will dwell more on those productions that will honour God, glorify his only begotten Son, acknowledge the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, teach, nurture and deepen the faith of all who tune to this channel on a daily basis of non-stop [24/7] broadcasting. We shall highly appreciate your input and suggestions in all aspects at all times.
In order to improve/encourage each and every one in his or her prayer life, special prayerful programs for designated hours of the day such as the Angelus, the Divine Mercy prayer, Holy Rosary recitation etc. will be repeated at regular intervals.
Also, there will be a variety of programmes to accommodate all ages such as films and documentaries on lives and times of Popes and Saints of the Church on their feast days in order to teach us to always emulate their exemplary holy lives. Also, we will be having Religious cartoons for toddlers and know your Faith sessions to be anchored by Priests, Religious and acclaimed Catechists. Others will be interview segments for returning Catholics and new Converts to the Faith who will use the opportunity to share their experiences with viewers towards encouraging others to return to the Church or winning new converts.
Similarly, regular programmes will be shown to help our Catholic Youth in the various citadels of learning towards nurturing their Faith and in career counselling. Married Catholic Couples will not be left out in terms of programme contents as well as Catholic Adults who are still single towards helping them to sustain their Faith even as they search for life partners or go into Religious life with God's help.
We have noticed over the years, that the number of our Priests and Religious working tirelessly across Parishes is not moving at the same pace as the increasing number of Lay Faithful. In order to reach out to our youth and encourage greater enrolment in our Seminaries, a programme will also be introduced and named 'CALLED TO SERVE' or 'PRIESTLY CALL' towards creating greater awareness for the need of the Church for more Priests and Religious and encouraging, educating and creating sustained interests in the Priesthood.
In view of their pivotal/leadership roles in the hierarchy of the Church, Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops will have unique coverage as a special and exclusive interview programme tentatively named 'YOUR GRACE/HIS LORDSHIP' will be shown whereby our Shepherds of the various Archdioceses and Dioceses will have an avenue to speak to their Flock directly.
They will thus use the opportunity to update all and sundry about the spiritual life, growth and the various evangelization works in their respective Dioceses and stating their goals, vision, mission, challenges and using the medium to call for whatever form of support they require, from their Parishioners at home and abroad. This will help Parishioners too from the various Parishes not only to hear, but also see physically through television, the efforts and activities of their Bishops and thus be encouraged to support them in all fronts. It will thus become a veritable tool to reach out to all and sundry wherever they may be across the globe over time.
YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE AFRICA-WIDE GROWTH OF LCTN
Your Grace, I solicit for the Apostolic blessing of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria and SECAM as well as the moral/spiritual support of the Church so that jointly, we can achieve success as the Television Network will further complement, the arduous task of the body of Bishops in shepherding the flock of Christ in these parts and in other parts of the world. To this end and with all sense of responsibility, I implore you to graciously inform and encourage all our Archbishops, Bishops, The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), The Papal Nuncios, Priests, Religious and the Laity in the various Parishes to see the Network as a way of actualizing their work of evangelization expeditiously.
The visionary behind Lumen Christi TV is our Lord Jesus Christ who still empowers His disciples to proclaim his Gospel.
A CHALLENGING VISION AND MISSION
The Lumen Christi Television project is innovative in Africa. I realize the sacrifice it will call for from all of us. I gladly give myself the challenge of the greater financial responsibility for the establishment and overall maintenance of the Network. Assistance in human, financial and material resources particularly equipment from all well meaning Catholics and non-Catholics will be highly appreciated towards sustaining this task.
OUR VISION is to promote peace, justice, unity in diversity, sanctity of human life and person and integrity of creation/nature amongst Peoples.
In addition and most importantly, I implore you to please remember this Network in your prayers for God's ever unfailing help and that through it's broadcasting service, THE MISSION of this Television Network which is to win souls for Christ and those that have even left the Faith, will through the various programmes that will be shown daily, return to the ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH established by our Lord, JESUS CHRIST.
May the lights of Christ continue to shine farther afield through these inspired works of His hands to the Glory of God and for the benefit of mankind.
PRINCE 'SOJI OLAGUNJU