LIFE HISTORY OF THE LATE FRIAR FRANC MICHAEL DREVENSEK
Friar Michael (popularly known as Miha) was born at Pobrezje (Slovenia) on 15th September 1946 of Franc Drevensek and Ana Kurez. He was baptized as an infant in Kidem Priptuju, Slovenia.
He joined the Friars Minor Conventual in the Province of St. Joseph of Cupertino, Slovenia in 1963. On 2nd August 1964 he professed his temporary vows, continued his formation and made his solemn vows on 4th October 1971. He was ordained priest on 2nd July 1972 at Priptuju. He came as a missionary to Zambia on 29th January 1977 and studied the local language, Icibemba, at Ilondola Language Centre in Kasama after which he served in various places:
1978 Sacred Heart Parish, Kitwe
Jan. 1978 to June 1978 St. Anthony’s Mission as Assistant to Parish Priest.
June 1978 to Dec. 1978 Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, Chingola as Parish Priest.
Jan. 1979 to Dec. 1984 St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish, Chifubu as Parish Priest.
Jan. 1985 to June 1993 St. Joseph’s Mission, Kalumbwa as Parish Priest.
July 1993 to Dec. 1994 Christ the Redeemer Parish in Makeni, Lusaka as Parish Priest.
Jan. 1995 to March 1997 St. Joseph’s Mission, Kalumbwa doing Building and Maintenance Work (including, the setting up of Radio Icengelo Station).
1997 – 1998 St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Kansenshi
March 1997 to Oct. 2011 Director of Mission Press/AVS.
He served as Guardian of the communities at Franciscan Centre Friary, Ndola and St. Joseph’s Mission, Kalumbwa.
Fr. Miha was very committed to hard work. He was a father of the poor and assisted countless orphans to complete their education. He was also a voice of the oppressed and champion of justice. He spoke out strongly and boldly on matters of good governance and freedom of the Press, especially through Icengelo and Challenge Magazines of which he was the Editor.
Fr. Miha had a passion for Art, especially music. He selflessly promoted many people to excel in their life as musicians. He was also instrumental in the recognition of the talents of many youths and people with disabilities on the Copperbelt, through the annual Mukuba Awards. Many people fondly referred to him as Bambo (Father)!
Fr. Miha was rushed to Miramar Hospital in Ndola and met Sister Death on 29th October 2011 after suffering a Heart Attack.
May the Lord graciously look upon his dedicated service to the Republic of Zambia, the Local Church, and the Franciscan Family.
FUNERAL GATHERING AT FRANCISCAN CENTRE – NDOLA (in the Main Hall by the Entrance Gate of Franciscan Centre)
Sunday 18:00 Hrs → Rosary, Songs, Adoration with Office for
30 October 2011 the Dead. (Singing by different Choirs) upto 22hrs
Monday 17:30 Hrs → Rosary, Songs, and Office for the Dead.
31 October 2011 20:30 Hrs Mass upto 21:30hrs).
(Presider: Fr. James Chishimba, Guardian – Fra. Centre)
Tuesday 17:30 Hrs → Rosary, Songs, and Office for the Dead.
1 November 2011 20:30 Hrs Mass upto 21:30hrs).
(Presider: Fr. Patrick Chisanga – Minister Provincial)
Wednesday 15:00 Hrs → Arrival of the body at Franciscan Centre, Ndola.
2 November 2011 → Reception Prayers and Songs at the entrance.
→ Body viewing in the Main Hall
19:45 Hrs → Transfer of the Body to the Church
20:00 Hrs Vigil Mass
→ Overnight Prayers, Songs, Reflections/Meditations.
Thursday 07:00 Hrs Office and Morning Prayer in Church
3 November 2011 08:00 Hrs Procession to St. Theresa, Ibenga.
09:00Hrs Body viewing for people in Ibenga
10:00 Hrs Funeral Mass at the Shrine
(Presider: Bishop Dr. Alick Banda)
→ Procession to Cemetery for Burial.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!