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African Marist Gathering on Initial Formation - Nairobi 22-29 July 2017

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The opening ceremony of the African Marist Gathering on Initial Formation involved the brothers of each of the five administrative units to present the symbols of their own shield and then to lay it on the ground around the nest of three eggs (representing Spirituality, Fraternity and Mission).  The significant moment was the laying down of the shields as it was to signify a time of peace and dialogue.  It was a moment to convey the message that we are now vulnerable and we are prepared to be changed by the other.  

These comments from the participants show the fruits of the deep listening and fraternal dialogue during the eight days in Nairobi:

  • It was wonderful to meet a big group of African brothers around the concern of formation.
  • There was a lot of energy, listening and sharing.  We were all focussed on the new beginning in formation in Africa. There was a deep desire to adjust our formation to the new realities.
  • It was an enriching experience that invited me to share and express my deep questions in relationship to the formation process especially in our continent.
  • This program was very good and necessary because I was able to reflect on the various stages of Marist formation.
  • Honestly it has been a rich experience meeting fellow current formators.  It was a renewal for me and for my ministry.
  • The experience was good for me because this was the first meeting that I had as a formator where all African formators participated.
  • This is the first time for me to attend such a gathering. I appreciate the team work, the spirit of evaluation, the way to gather to talk about Marist formation in Africa and in our Institute.
  • I was so impressed with the sharing and the well planned and prepared presentations on our identity as well as in the sharing about the young people with whom we work. I was happy with the sharing on the concerns of the young brothers in formation. It was enlightening.
  • Truly it was fantastic, if not the problem of finance, it would have been better to be organized every 2 years or even annually.
  • My experience was good because I learnt to animate young people as a vocation promoter, and that there is need for personal commitment.
  • It has been so enriching, introspective, awakening, informative and formative for a New Beginning.  I felt that it touched my own vocation.

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