St. Bonaventure in past years twinned with "St. Anthony of Padua, Kitwe". In 2008 St. Anthony Parish was given to the care of Ndola Diocese and is now served by a diocesan priest. Now the twinning will be directed to St. Francis Secondary School Itimpi.
The school began because of many orphans and underprivileged children with no education in the year 2000. Being built by Brother Tony Droll. In the following years it evolved into a secondary high school and has 800 students. There are 32 trained teachers and 20 houses for teachers. The school follows the curriculum of the department of the ministry of education but is a Franciscan school promoted by the catholic bishops. It is very impressive witnessing all of the students in the Assembly Hall when Fr. Andrew Mukosa celebrates Mass for them. When they sing the roof rattles. We look for the school to be the initial incentive of vocations to Franciscanism and religious life.
Background History of how St. Bonaventure Created a relationship with Kitwe, Zambia
In 1994, when Fr Regis Schlegcheck, ofm, served as pastor of St Bonaventure, our parish joined hearts and hands with St Anthony of Padua Parish, Kitwe, Zambia, Africa. Now, a Social Justice Committee member represents our parish as we offer loving help to our “twin” parish in Kitwe.
A Social Justice Committee member representative initiates and receives correspondence from the Franciscan Mission in Kitwe and updates the group on the status of request. The Social Justice Committee allocates funds annually for the mission and also supports the mission through “Cans Across the World,” a ministry that collects aluminum cans that are turned in for cash, which supports Kitwe and Sr Rose Hang Vu of Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Shoreview, MN. Sr Rose established the Friends of the Poor program in 1988, with the help of many volunteers. Their goal is to help poor children who live in rural places, so they can have clean water, food, adequate shelter, clothes and a chance to go to school.