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Marists of Koumra Community celebrate the Bicentenry

25/01/2017: Chad

On Saturday 7th of January 2017, the four Marist Brothers of Koumra Community, Tchad, working in Lycée Collège Marie Ketal came together with the teachers, aspirants, co-workers, priests, religious men and women, and former Marist Brothers to celebrate the two hundred anniversary of the Institute. The event started with the Eucharistic celebration lead by our Parish Priest Abbe Jacques Tamaya.

In his sermon, Abbe Tamaya reminded us that any jubilee is always a moment to give thanks to God for the wonderful things he has done in our lives. He described us a very young community that resembles the ones set up by Champagnat in the early days of the foundation of the institute. He continued that youthfulness always go along with so many challenges. He encouraged the four Brothers to work very hard so that the ‘Marist seed’ planted in Tchad some 23 years ago may grow from strength to strength. He prayed that God should grant us more reasons to celebrate life in the future and for more vocations in the Church especially to the Marists in Tchad.

After the mass, there was the celebration proper. The Country Representative of the District Superior, Br Succès Nandoumangar solemnly read out the address of the Superior General to all the Marists during this occasion titled MERCI, PARDON et ENGAGEMENT to the amazement and enrichment of everyone present. Another discourse also came from Br Frederic Nadji about the life of our founder and the early years of the institute. He also enlightened the audience about our way of life, our charism and the works of the Marist Brothers in Tchad in particular and in the District of West Africa in general. The Brothers shared the little food and drink they have prepared with their guest.

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Br. Stanislaus-Mary NSOTAKA, fms

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