Visit of General Assistants to the Province of Senegal
The Vicar General, Bro. Yvan Passebon and Assistant General, Bro. Jean-Paul Mbengue (In charge of Africa and Formation) visited Senegal from 6 to 18 April 2015. Their program was chalked to participate in the Chapter of the Province and visit the communities.
It was a busy schedule. Indeed, in the morning of their arrival in Dakar, the two assistants held a sharing session with Bro. Claude Marsaud (Provincial Superior of France) and Bro. John Britto (District Superior of Madagascar) who were returning after a visit to novitiate of Thies, where they have three novices. Bro. Jean-Marie Ndour (Provincial Superior of Senegal) and Bro. Antoine Levao R. (member of the novitiate formation team) also took part in the meeting.
After that, the Vicar General and Assistant General left for Thies, where they began their visit of communities. They participated in the Provincial Chapter which was held from April 8 to 11 in an atmosphere of mutual respect and listening with passion. The important issues such as vocations, the vow of poverty with a focus on solidarity among Brothers and with the families of Brothers, the vow of obedience with a focus on availability for the Mission Ad Gentes were discussed at length. By and large, we can call the Chapter a success.
The Chapter was followed by meeting of the Provincial Council. Bro. Vicar General continued to visit communities while Bro. Jean Paul Mbengue spent time to get visa for India and also met the novices individually.
However, this news would be incomplete if we did not mention two important meetings. That is, a meeting with 19 novices and formators together and another with the novitiate staff. From these moments of sharing, evoke that the international and intercultural novitiate, while still being a choice, needs to search the suitable means and ways to overcome the difficulties.
Finally, the Assistants, led by the Provincial of Senegal, visited Bishop André Gueye, Bishop of Thies, who, somewhat nostalgic for the recent past (“Brothers like Paul Texier, Michel Mendy Emmanuel Ngom …” he has recalled) expressed: “I am glad for the apostolate of the Brothers. Also, I ask them to do more.”
(Bro. Jean-Paul Mbengue)