From his days of Oblate formation, his confreres already called him Yves Cardinal PLUMEY because of his great solemnity of bearing. Everyone respected him.
Actually, he never was a cardinal. But he was a leader and a shepherd, put in charge in 1946 of the first team of Oblates who arrived in Northern Cameroun. In 1955, he became the first bishop of Garoua.
Under his guidance, the Church was truly implanted in Northern Cameroun. Most of its bishops today are Africans. The same can be said about most of the priests, diocesan and Oblate.
He was able to bring into Cameroun many communities of religious women. Thanks to them, schools and dispensaries were created and developed. Thanks to them, the promotion of women became and continues to become a reality today.
One cannot forget the Brother builders. The Oblate mission in Cameroun today has not only priests but also many Oblate Brothers.
Some, without awaiting a decree from the Vatican, would give him the title of “martyr.” Indeed, no one has been able to find out who murdered him on the night of 2-3 September 1991. Nor why. At least, he lived as a witness. And this year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this final witness.
The prevailing feeling among those who knew him is one of thanksgiving for all that has been accomplished in Cameroun, thanks to his talents as an organizer and thanks to his gentle tenacity. “A trust given and never taken back, which energized us, maintained our momentum and our enthusiasm, and gave us wings,” wrote one of his missionaries. (Audacieux pour l’Évangile, July 2011)
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