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CSAC- Nairobi, September 2011



Conference of Superiors of the Continent of Africa

24/09/2011: Kenya - Photo gallery

The CSCA is composed of the Superiors of our five Marist Administrative Units in Africa (4 Provinces and 1 district), as well as the Superior of the common Scholasticate for the whole continent (MIC – Marist International Center). Normally, this organization meets twice a year, generally in Nairobi, Kenya, which offers ideal facilities, to maintain the closest relations with the large community of Brothers present at MIC.

The second meeting this year was held at Nairobi in the Scholasticate from 5 to 7 September. All members were present: Brother Provincials, Thomas Randrianantenaina, Madagascar (President), Joe Walton, Southern Africa (Vice-president), Joachim Ezetulugu, Nigeria, Valentín Djawu, Central East Africa, Sylvain Yao, District of West Africa, and the Superior of  MIC, Br Lawrence Ndawala. As has become customary, the Rector of the MIUC (Marist International University College), Br Joseph Udeajah, attended as a guest.

Among the other guests were Brothers Antonio Ramalho and Víctor Preciado, General Councillors, Vincent Chunga, Administrator of MIC, John Bwanali, the next Administrator, Mathew Mary, (Finance Committee), and Christian Gisamonyo (MIC Jubilee Team).

The days previously,  2 and 3 September, the Council of Administration of MIUC also met; its members are also the same, plus Br Joe McKee, Vicar General, Brothers Straton Malisaba and Nicholas Banda (of the Finance Committee), and Mr Frederick Mutuku (Administrator of MIC), to review general progress, accounting and financial forecasts for MIUC. The secretary at both meetings was Br Kiko Baeza.

In the course of the meeting, the CSCA touched on the broad range of topics relative to the vast horizon of Marist life and mission on the continent. The Conference Statute was also an object of study as an important tool for the good functioning of the organization in view of greater organization, reflection and common decision making for the whole Region.

 Promotion, formation and accompaniment of vocations received special attention from the   participants who wanted greater collaboration in this area, particularly in what concerns the formation of formators and the preparation of young Brothers for perpetual profession. There was also a presentation of an evaluation of MIC by the new Superior, Br Lawrence Ndawala. The Provincials had before them a prospective chart of the formators’ needs for MIC over the next 10 years. The financial report for MIC was also presented and the budget 2011-2012 approved.

Brothers Victor and Nicholas explained the new model to be put in place for financing the General Administration and solidarity in the Institute. Br Antonio Ramalho indicated the main lines established for the Enlarged Council of Africa, to take place in Nairobi from 27 to 30 December, and encouraged the participation of some members of the Conference in the Meeting for Animation of Brothers and Laity to be held at the Escorial (Spain) next November.

The Superiors shared the most important news about their Administrative Units. After revising various topics and taking the necessary formal decisions, the participants approved the calendar for 2012, including the celebration of the closing of the 25th jubilee of MIC, which will take place on 10 February. At the end of these busy days of meetings, time was also taken to meet all the brothers of the large community and share with them.

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