First Professions at the Novitiate of Thiès (Senegal)
The Novitiate, at Thiès, forms candidates from the three French Speaking African Provinces: Brazzaville, Kinshasa and Senegal. At the beginning of this year, there were seventeen Novices: Fifteen 1st year and two 2nd year. The two Novices: Bro. Edgard Martinien NIAKAWOYA, from the Republic of Central Africa, Province of Brazzaville, and Bro. Grégoire Wagane GNING, Senegalese, made their first professions, at the Novitiate, on July 01, 2017.
The Eucharist was presided over by the Vicar General of the Diocese of Thiès, in the presence of many Priests, Religious men and women and lay faithful. In Senegal, the Novices have their programmes and formation sessions in common with the candidates of several other Congregations present in the country. Almost all the Novices had come, with their Formators, to participate in the Eucharist, on the occasion of the First Profession. The Parish Priest of Diakhao, Bro. Grégoire’s birthplace had come along with a number of members of the Brother’s family and other faithful. Bro. Edgard’s friends and compatriots were also present. As a whole, finally, the Assembly was rather impressive and gave a solemn dimension to the ceremony, which was meant to be simple at the beginning.
The following day, Sunday, July 2, a Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated in Diakhao Parish that was keen on honouring the first Brother of St. Gabriel born there. Quite a number of faithful took part in the celebration. Bro. Edgard, the Novices and other Brothers were present for the Thanksgiving Mass that was also rather moving.
The afternoon was very festive, with the whole village of Diakhao that showed its cultural variety. Our novices also showcased their talents in animation. They were quite impressive.
These celebrations gave the Brothers of St. Gabriel the opportunity to make themselves better known in an area that is already beginning to provide candidates to the Province. Some of them are participating in the vocational camp that is currently taking place in Palmarin.