We are privileged to have the visit of Rev. Bro. John Kallarackal, the Superior General, to the Province of East Africa, in fact, it is the first official visit of the Superior General to this Province after its inauguration on 8th December 2018. The Superior General landed at Blantyre, Malawi on the 15th November and he was welcomed by the Provincial Superior, Bro. Jimmy, and the Superior of our Community at Zomba, Bro. Prudence Shirubute. In Malawi, the Brothers are running a Primary School of the Diocese of Zomba, named after one of the Montfortian Missionaries in Malawi namely, Fr. Frederick Scragg. The School has already earned the reputation for its quality education and discipline. Hats off to our Brothers who have contributed to the success of our mission. Bro. John visited the School and got the opportunity to address the staff. As students were away on holidays he could not meet them. It was also the opportunity to visit the Montfort Missionaries and the Daughters of Wisdom. The Meeting with the Archbishop elect of Lilongwe, currently the Bishop of Zomba, was an opportunity to thank him for his support, help and blessings which we continued to receive over these years.
The second leg of the visit to the Province covered the communities of Burundi. The postulants’ community at Gitega extended a lively welcome with dance and music which is special to Burundi culture. The new School at Bujumbura is indeed a cynosure to the eyes. Bro. Marius, the Project Director, has executed the project with a lot of planning and professionalism. The blessing of the School and laying the foundation for the community by the Superior General were the highlights of the program. The visit to Burundi was wound up on 30th November.
For the final phase of the visit, he landed in Tanzania on 1st December. He received a warm welcome from the Brothers of Montfort Community at Dar es Salaam and in the School run by the Brothers. On 4th December, he received the First Vows of 4 Brothers who made their commitment at Montfort, Dar Es Salaam. On 8th morning, he inaugurated the extension block of the Novitiate Building. In the evening, he admitted the 9 novices to the Canonical year of their Novitiate. On 10th, he received the ceremonious welcome at Montfort Primary School, Kola, Morogoro with traditional dance and songs.
The visit is on and indeed it is a blessing for PEA to have the Superior General visiting the communities in spite of the threat of Corona Pandemic (Omicron) which is still large. We thank him for his words of encouragement and appreciation, his advice and his message to all of us. We experienced the unity as a Congregation and feel proud of our call as Brothers. We thank him and the members of the Central Administration for the support that we continue to receive for our mission and we assure our prayers and wish him a fruitful and enriching visit to the remaining Institutions of the Province.
Bro. Jimmy Kalapurayil, SG