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Central-East Africa Provincial Assembly

19/05/2011: Dem. Rep. of the Congo - Photo gallery

From 13 to 16 April in the city of Goma (Democratic Republic of Congo), on the shore of the beautiful lake Kivu, we held our Provincial Assembly. This assembly was prepared by three regional assemblies held, during 2010, in Orore (Kenya), Save (Rwanda) and Kisangani (DRC).

A total of 43 Brothers and 12 lay people, coming from the 17 communities and 5 countries that compose the Province, met for this event.

Br. Valentin, Provincial, opened the Assembly welcoming all participants, stressing the richness of the participation bringing together Brothers and Lay people from all over the Province. He reminded us of the importance and transcendence of the meeting.

We began each day around the table of the Lord in the celebration of the Eucharist, in such a way that it set the rhythm and spirit for the work of the day.

Brothers Albert Nzabonaliba and Teodoro Grageda (Provincial Councilors) presented the proposals from the three different regional assemblies and the draft of the “strategic development plan” (SDP) as basis for the reflection of the assembly.

At the same time they explained to us that, taking these two documents as “working documents,” the Provincial Council invited us all to draw up the strategic development plan that will help us move forward as Province for the next 5 years.

Then Brothers Antonio Ramalho and Ernesto Sanchez (General Councilors) took charge to co-ordinate the reflection and dialogue of the assembly, dividing us in 7 round tables to study in more depth each one of the seven areas proposed in the draft SDP.

Through a very interactive dynamic, the whole assembly was able to provide more inputs into the work presented by each table. At the end of three very intensive days, we produced a more detailed plan in which we can all see reflected our ideas and dreams for our Province.

Br. Michael Oruche, from the Province of Nigeria, shared with us the experience of his Province. A very insightful contribution to our sharing.

During the evenings we had lively social times which also helped us to interact with one another and to celebrate our being together and some special events in the lives of our Brothers, like the silver jubilee of Br. Albert Nzabonaliba.

At the end of the assembly, we all shared a sense of brotherhood and renewed enthusiasm to develop our young Province.

We are most grateful to Br. Provincial and his council for organizing this assembly, and to Brothers Antonio and Ernesto for their co-ordination. We eagerly look forward to the next opportunity to come together around Jesus and our good Mother.

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Bro. Kiko Baeza, Provincial Secretary.

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