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Meeting of the Capitulants from the African continent

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On the 21, 22 and 23 February 2009, the brother capitulants of the African continent met in Nairobi for the launching of the 2nd phase of preparation for the General Chapter, taking into account the Initial Consultation and the realities of this region of the Institute. In the course of their meeting, they worked out the details of the Plan of Action which will be carried out during the remaining period (February - August 2009) up to the holding of the Chapter. The meeting was attended by the four Brother Provincials and the five Brother delegates from the different African Provinces and District.

One of the difficulties encountered in this region of the Institute is the receiving of documents, since in several communities the 1st document which the Preparatory Commission sent for the Initial Consultation (« On the Road to the XXI General Chapter ») did not arrive, and nor did Brother Sean’s circular of convocation. This explains why the sharing received was not complete. At the meeting, however, we exchanged thoughts about the summary found in the 1st part of the 2nd document which the Preparatory Commission had prepared: « Guidelines for Reflection in Preparation for the 21st General Chapter », and we analysed the replies coming from the different reports, proving that the text corresponds to the reality lived on the continent.

Another difficulty encountered in this part of the world is access to the Internet, of which many of our communities are deprived ; even for those who are able to use this service, the speed of connection is slow, making difficult the reading of documents and acquaintance with the complete list of the participants in the Chapter.. As a solution to this problem, it has been suggested that the mobile phone be used as a way of helping the capitulants come to know one another more easily.

Time was also taken to come to a better knowledge of the four subjects proposed by the Preparatory Commission in the 2nd part of the document, by comparing it with the situation as it is lived in our Provinces and in the African District. It can be noticed that there is also a « fifth » suject which strikes the African situation with full force, and which is expressed as one of the points raised by the Initial Consultation, and that is the one of « community ». By inviting the different administrative units to deepen their reflection, one has given them the possibility of being able to contribute a particular vision capable of enriching the vision of the Institute. The group as a whole considered that Africa can bring important contributions to the Chapter.

Finally, each administrative unit concluded the meeting by presenting its specific Action Plan, which includes study of the document « Guidelines for Reflection in Preparation for the 21st General Chapter », on the part of the brothers’ communities, the groups of laity and young people, and the organizations of animation which exist in the units. All the Brother capitulants have pledged to get their respective regions involved, not only in reading the documents proposed for this 2nd phase, but also in the prayer and personal preparation which is required of each capitulant.

The 2nd meeting of the region has been set for the end of June. During that meeting, a regional letter will be able to be written, addressed to each administrative unit as well as the different members of the Chapter. In this way, one will have the perspective of the Marist world facing up to its challenges, seen in the light of the reality of Africa.

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