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Meeting of the African Mission Commission

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The annual meeting of the African Mission Commission was held at Orlu, Nigeria, from 11 to 15 September. The participants were Brothers: Fortune Francis Chakasara (Southern Africa), John Kusi Mensah (District of West Africa), Rémy Mbolipasiko Dikala (Central East Africa), Michel Maminiaina Razafimandimby (Madagascar), Ifeanyi Mbaegbu (Nigeria), Chris Wills (Secretariat of International Collaboration for Mission), João Carlos do Prado (Secretariat of Mission). There were also three members of the  Secréetariat of the Laity : Br Javier Espinosa, Mr Tony Clarke and Br Silvain Ramandimbiarisoa

During the first two days of the meeting, the Secretariat of the Laity animated a workshop for the members of the Commission on the Marist vocation of brothers and laity. The objective was to deepen the understanding of the vocation of the lay Marist, to share experiences of the mission and charism between brothers and laity in Africa, and to lay down common paths for sustaining the vocation of the lay Marist. It was an extraordinary experience which allowed us to realise the advances and the challenges in the continent on this subject.

Br Chris Wills presented the Project of International Volunteer Service at the level of the Institute, and spoke about the Mission Ad Gentes Project in Asia. The participants were able to consider the numerous possibilities of co-operation for the African Provinces among themselves and with other Provinces in the world.

The participants also reviewed the implantation of the document « Evangelizers in the midst of youth » in Africa and shared the experience of the workshop on the same theme conducted in Nairobi, from 27 August to 1 September, as well as the implementation of a common Programme for the Formation of Directors.

Two days were devoted to learning about and supporting the fine and stimulating Marist mission being carried out in Nigeria, especially in the towns of  Nteje, Orlu, Uturu, Enugo and Abuja. The welcome of the brothers, laity and children everywhere was extraordinary.

This was a marvellous opportunity for grasping the great vitality of the Marist presence and mission in the continent. Africa is fertile territory for receiving with love and offering a number of possibilities for the Marist charism.

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