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Third chapter of the District of West Africa

01/09/2006: Ghana - Photo gallery

The patronal feast of the Assumption of Mary has coincided with the closing of the 3rd Chapter of our District. For the first time, we have been able to have this important meeting in the District House, in Accra, Ghana.

In the House, 17 Brothers took part, natives of the 6 countries that form the District (Cameroon, Costa of Ivory, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Liberia) and of Spain, and with an average age of 43 year.

United above the diversity of languages and cultures, we have been able to analyze and to give thanks to God for the road travelled during the first 6 years of the life of the District, under the leadership of the Brother José Antonio Ruiz.

Then, in groups, we identified the major areas that will help us to continue consolidating the District during the next three years, under the direction of our new Superior, Brother Sylvain Yao.

The new Council, chosen by the Chapter, is yet another proof of the sense of internationality that exists in the District. It is formed by Brothers Francis Lukong, 43 years old, from Cameroon, Vice superior; Aureliano García, 40 years old, from Spain, working in Ghana, Oliver Tata, 36 years old, from Cameroon, and Etienne Balma, 33 years old, from the Ivory Coast working at the moment in Ghana. A young Council for a young District with many hopes.

During the Chapter we appreciated the presence of Brother Manuel Jorques, as the District depends on the Mediterranean Province. With him came Brothers Julián Sanz and Millán Jarque who assisted us with their advice. Representing the General Council was Brother Maurice Berquet, the link councillor for Africa.

The positive evaluation made by the Brothers, the enthusiasm and the life that were reflected in the work of the chapter are signs of hope for the Brothers of the District, consisting at the moment of 68 Brothers, of whom 49 are African and 35 of them perpetual professed. Eight novices are beginning their second year.

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