The International Office for Catholic Education was set up in 1952. Its secretary for Asia and Oceania was Br. Martin Komolmas, Rector of Assumption University. The Office holds its general meeting every four years and selected Dakar as its venue for its 13th meeting in 1990. Following the fashion, this body is usually called IOCE, which is shorter and easier to say. In the Institute some abbreviations of this kind are often used. We have gathered some of them together.                                     ·

Let us begin with USG (Union of Superiors General) whose vice-chairman has been Br. Jean Friant since 1995. The latter has also taken part every year in the SBCAM (Symposium of Bishops’ Conferences of Africa and Madagascar) whose aim is to study how far the missionary Congregations can collaborate with the African local churches.                                                                                                                         ·

In India the Brothers of Saint Gabriel are members of a larger body called NARBI (National Assembly of Religious Brothers) which has its own body, CRI (Conference of the Religious of India).

In Thailand the ten schools bearing the name Assumption – a reminder of the first schco-1,-Assumption·eoHege,-and a-guarantee ofquality–·add to A:C (Assumption College) one letter varying with their location: e.g. L (for Lampang), R (for Rayong).

In Africa the members of the CAF (Conference pour I’Afrique francophone = Council of French-speaking Africa) meet every two years.

In Canada Br. Guy St-Onge was secretary of the CRC (Canadian Conference of Religious) and Br. Yves Ladouceur was a member of the board of Directors of CRCQ (Canadian Religious Conference Quebec District).                                         ·

In France the heads of schools work jointly with OGEC (Organisme de gestion de I’enseignement catholique = Managing Body of Catholic Education). Some Brothers fight in ACAT (Action des Chretiens pour !’abolition de la torture= Christian Action for the banning of torture), or AI (Amnesty International), or CCFD (Comite catholique contre la faim et pour le developpement = Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development).

Finally, from all over the world Brothers travel to attend the meetings of WOFPCS (World Organisation of Former pupils of Catholic Schools) and of IOCE, whose meaning is known to everyone, or is it?