My Impressions and Experience in the District of East Africa
The District of East Africa is a growing entity of the Congregation and there is an emergence of vocation and enthusiasm among the Brothers. In all the communities there are few native Brothers of the place and this helps to attract more vocations. Most of the young Brothers are still studying and qualifying themselves to teach in the schools and give leadership.
The presence of many in the formation stage is a sign of growth and testimony to the efforts of the Brothers in nurturing vocations. I experienced a lot of fraternal love among the Brothers. There exists good fraternal community life. It is edifying to see the regular corporate prayers in communities and is attended by all the Brothers. The living style is simple and in most places life is hard. Journey from one community to another is always long and tedious and some involve whole day bus travel. In all the places there is good cooperation from the teachers and co-workers.
I am particularly touched by the care the Brothers gave me. I was considered as a part of the family and enjoyed my stay and travel everywhere in Tanzania and Kenya. I was touched by the simplicity of the people in and around our Communities. I was happy to meet all our Indian Missionaries and in particular Bro. Lambert, who goes round helping in various formation houses.
I should particularly mention about the organization and planning of my travel and the various sessions and seminars by Bro. Jimmy Kalapurackal, District Superior, and all the Local Superiors & Head Masters. They were meticulously planned and arranged. Everything went on smoothly because of the planning done by the District Superior. Thank Bro. Jimmy Kalapurackal and his council members, each Brother of the District of East Africa and in a special way the local Superiors and the young Brothers, who travelled with me and took care of me. May God bless all of you and may our founder St. Louis Marie de Montfort be our example and guide.
Bro. Mathew Montfort Chulaparambil, Province of Delhi
(Bro. Mathew Montfort gave three months of Psychological Sessions and Programs in Tanzania to Brothers, Teachers and Students in the schools from end of June to middle of September 2015.)