Five General Curias - of the PIME Sisters (Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions), and the Comboni Missionaries, Consolata, Xaverian, and PIME Fathers - came together for their annual spiritual exercises near Lake Como. This joint initiative is part of a long tradition repeated every 2 years and is organised by each Institute in turn. This year's retreat was organised by the Xaverian Missionaries.
Specializations: Bro. Pomykacz was awarded a Licentiate in Sacred Theology on 26 June, 2014.
Perpetual professions: 2 confreres from Uganda.
Priestly Ordinations: Malawi/Zambia - 1, Togo - 3.
Comboniens. 50 ans au Congo. Une histoire de donation et d'espérance, Afriquespoir, 2014. The book celebrates 50 years of (Comboni) missionary service in the Congo.
Fr. Giulio Albanese, Missione è comunicazione. Le regole del gioco, Ed. Messaggero, Padova, April 2014. This book discusses the importance of modern communication technology in contemporary society and in the Church.
Course for new Formators: The Secretary General for vocations promotion and basic formation, and the head of the Central Commission for Ongoing Formation organised a course for new formators which ran from 30 June to 7 July and was held at the Generalate in Rome. Participants came from Costa Rica, the Congo, Uganda and Togo. On Sunday, 6 July, the Superior General officially closed the Course while presiding at the Eucharist celebrated in the chapel of the student confreres.
The Annual Assembly of Evangelisation was held in San Lorenzo (1-2 July) and was able to extend an invitation to confreres who work in nearby Tumaco, Colombia also among Afro-descendants.
The Spiritual Exercises were preached by the Secretary General for vocations promotion and basic formation. There were 56 participants for the 2 separate events.
Confreres who work in Youth/Vocations Ministry and Basic Formation in Europe met in Granada from 7 to 17 July, 2014, for a Continental Assembly to discuss "New ways to present the Comboni missionary vocation to young people in Europe today." An external facilitator assisted the confreres' deliberations.
Internationality: The annual retreat, which took place in early July, was preached by one of our Superiors General. It was of note that the 16 confreres present hailed from 11 different nations! St. Daniel Comboni would have been pleased.
Visit by Bro. Daniele Giusti: From 31 July to 12 August, Assistant General, Bro. Daniele Giusti, carried out his visit to the Brothers of the Province in Lunzu (and the Comboni Technical Centre), Balaka, and the Chikowa technical school, in Zambia. All three centres offer technical training and vocation options to the young men and women who attend them.
25 years of Priesthood: On 16 August, at the parish of St. John the Apostle in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, we celebrated the 25 years of priesthood of Fr. Jorge Donato Decelis Burguete. Among the concelebrants there were 3 bishops and around 30 priests, most of whom were Combonis. In the preceding week, this event was used as an opportunity, in a dozen or so local parishes, for mission promotion.
Comboni Family Pilgrimage to Fatima: The Comboni family in Portugal held its annual pilgrimage to Fatima on 26 July last. This year, the pilgrimage closed the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the canonisation of St. Daniel Comboni with a gathering in Fatima of around 2,500 people. The event was also attended by 50 youth of the GIM (Youth on Mission) who began their pilgrimage on 22 July, setting out from 2 places in the country - Azambuja in the south and Coimbra in the north - and meeting up on the morning of 26 July at the Chapel of the Apparitions. The pilgrimage culminated in a Eucharistic celebration in the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity and the recitation of the Rosary in the Chapel of the Apparitions.
Missionary ordination: Alfred Mbaidjidé was ordained to the priesthood along with 4 other young on 28 June 2014 by the Bishop of Moundou. Confreres, friends and family attended in numbers. Fr. Alfred celebrated his first Mass the following day in his home parish.
Priestly Ordinations: On 9 August, in Lomé/Hanoukope, at the parish of St. Anthony of Padua, 21 young men were ordained priest by the Archbishop of Lomé, Mgr. Denis Amuzu Dzakpah. They belonged to five Institutes: 6 Franciscans; 5 Jesuits, 4 SMA, 3 SVD and 3 Combonis. After their first Mass and some time with their families, the 3 new Comboni priests will go to Central America, South Sudan and Benin. The Province will have 2 further ordinations (from Benin) on 18 October, at Cotonou.
Ongoing Formation for vocations promoters
Planned during last year's sub-continental assembly for Francophone Africa (Sarh, Tchad, September, 2013), an ongoing formation Course for vocations promoters was conducted at Lomé from 25 August to 5 September. Ten confreres were present from Congo, Chad, Central Africa and TGB.
Continental Assembly of Anglophone Africa and Mozambique
From July 18 to 31, 2014, confreres working in vocation promotion and basic formation in Anglophone Africa and Mozambique gathered for their Assembly in Layibi in Uganda. The Assembly was opened by the Provincial of Uganda and facilitated by an external facilitator from the Salesians. There were 26 participants including the Secretary General for Formation.
IN PACE CHRISTI
Fr. Marco De Angelis (13.02.1952 - 04.06.2014)
Bro. Kaspar Hauber (04.02.1920 - 13.06.2014)
Fr. Pietro Giuseppe Archetti (14.07.1934 - 17.07.2014)
Fr. Javier Sánchez Vargas (08.03.1942 - 31.07.2014)
Bro. Michael Dietrich (31.12.1938 - 09.08.2014)
Fr. Pietro Chiocchetta (18.11.1920 - 24.08.2014)
Fr. Urbano De Cesare (24.05.1920 - 24.08.2014)
Sr. M. Gina Bertolin.
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