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IV District Chapter – West Africa

21/08/2009: Ghana

We - 14 capitulants and 2 invited chapter members, have been meeting for four days in Accra to celebrate the IV District Chapter. During the Chapter we shared our brotherhood with one another. We shared our concerns, hopes, prayers and our trust in Jesus, Mary and Champagnat. Together, we entered into a process of discernment. In our efforts to chart the way forward for our District, for the next three years, we came up with four priorities and mandated the District Superior and his Council to work towards their realisation.

Below are the priorities.

Community life
In the next three years we will work at:
* reviving family spirit in our communities.
* creating Christ centred communities.

Marist mission
In the next three years we will work at:
* giving our schools and our missions a specific Marist identity in the line of our traditions and foundational documents.
* deepening among brothers and lay people an awareness of the importance of our Marist mission in the District of West Africa.

Vocation
In the next three years we will:
* pay special attention to countries with very few vocations
* undertake a deep exploration and adaptation of the established document on vocation according to the situation of each country of the District.

Formation
In the next three years we will
* adequately form the brothers in various areas of academic disciplines
* Create among the brothers an awareness of the importance of personal and ongoing formation.

One of the inspiring moments of the Chapter was the election of the District Councillors. This was done at random across the District, as stipulated by our Chapter Regulations, and in a spirit of faith and trust. The Brothers elected to this function are:
- Br. Francis Lukong (Cameroon)
- Br. Daniel Taylor (Liberia)
- Br. Vincent de Paul Kouassi (Cote d’Ivoire)
- Br. Tata Oliver Tunka (Cameroon)

The presence among us of Brother Manuel Jorques, Provincial of the Mediterranean Province, Brother Antonio Gimenez, the next Provincial the Mediterranean Province, Brother Peter Rodney, General Councillor, has been a source of encouragement. During the Chapter, they accompanied us; they offered very invaluable insights and shared very profound and enriching experiences. Their inspiring words were indeed uplifting and thought provoking. As a matter of fact, we cannot thank them enough.

Another good news that we would like to gladly share with you is that during the Chapter we had so much to celebrate. We celebrated the 25th anniversaries of First Religious Profession of Brother Sylvain Yao Kouassi Kan, Brother Vitus Osuji and Brother John Kusi Mensah. We were all grateful for this unique opportunity to celebrate the 25 years of the fidelity of our brothers to the Lord or better still, 25 years of the Lord’s fidelity to our Brothers. We also celebrated the 12 uninterrupted years of service of Brother Manuel Jorques Bru as Provincial. This was also a wonderful moment to thank him for having accompanied and encouraged our young District this far.

We leave this Chapter inspired, renewed and refreshed by the sharing we have had and by the contributions you all made. We are certain that we have met St. Marcellin and our Good Mother. We all leave the Chapter feeling satisfied because you love our District and we foresee a better future.
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Text from the letter of the dapitulants to the 4th District Chapter
Accra, Friday, 7 August 2009

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