61st World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Today, on the 4th Sunday of Easter, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The message that guides this day invites us to spread hope and build peace. Pope Francis invites us to let ourselves be fascinated by Jesus through the pages of the Gospel and to give him space in our hearts to find true happiness in Him and to respond to His call by giving ourselves completely to Him, if He asks us to. The Pope invites the Christian world to pray for the gift of vocations, so that everyone can discover God’s call in their hearts to be pilgrims of hope and builders of peace. Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for 61st World Day of Prayer for Vocations

As a missionary society, we give thanks to the Lord for missionary vocations. We pray for our 470 young people who are in formation in the different stages, for all our confrères vocation animators and all the young people who feel in their hearts the call to give their lives to the evangelisation of the African world.

This is an opportunity for us to give thanks to all those who support our candidates in formation through prayer and material support. May God bless you for your help in the formation of future missionaries.

Let us pray to the Lord of the harvest to inspire the hearts of young people to give their lives to the mission in the African world:

Lord of the harvest,

you entrusted our Society

with the marvellous mission

of proclaiming the Gospel

to the African world.

We praise you for your goodness.

Generations of missionaries

pledged to you their fidelity.

Today the harvest is abundant.

Blessed be your name!

Our fathers loved everything

about this Africa

to which we consecrate

our lives today.

We pray for Africa.

It craves peace, justice,

harmony and hope.

Grant it the apostles it needs.

In us, reawaken in youth,

give us the boldness to challenge

those you call

and the generosity to welcome

and listen to them.

Our Lady of Africa, pray for us!

Amen!

By : Pawel Hulecki M.Afr., Assistent Genera

Our Students in Formation

Spiritual Year, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Spiritual Year, Kasama, Zambia

Fourth Phase, Merrivale, South Africa

CML in Kigali – Rwanda

Meeting of Missionary and Vocation Animators of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa

CML in Kigali – Rwanda from the 27th to the 31st of March 2023

The meeting of the missionary and vocation animators of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa brought together 29 participants from all provinces and sections of the Society. It started on Sunday the 26th of March 2023 in the evening with an introduction from Fr. Leo Laurence, Assistant General in charge of initial formation. Fr. Leo Laurence linked missionary and vocation animation with the central theme of the 2022 Chapter, that is “Mission as Prophetic Witness” which must be inculcated in our aspirants right from the beginning of their contact with us so as to enable them to become prophetic witness through their missionary ministry. The meeting was organized by Fr. Robert Tebri, the secretary of initial formation and was moderated by Fr. Denis Palm.

The next day, 27th of March, was mainly consecrated to the presentation of reports from all the provinces and sections on missionary and vocation animation, as well as the reports of the pre-first phase formation houses. These reports brought out the diversity in all our engagements as well as the unity in what we do at the level of our missionary Society. We shared our enriching and challenging experiences and tried to learn from one another. That led us to a series of questions that need to be clarified. It was a day of fruitful exchange in view of finding a common ground in our missionary and vocation animation, lived in a brotherly climate where everyone could express himself freely. On 28th of March, Fr. Bernard Uguex gave a session on clericalism and its impact in the society today. After the session, the participants went into small groups for reflection and sharing. The rich group sharing was then exchanged in the plenary in the afternoon and recommendations were made.

On 29th of March, we had a video conference with the Treasurer General of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa, Fr. John Itaru, on “Vocation – Missionary Promotion and Finances”. Fr. Itaru tackled the subject from a double angle: a gift and a challenge. The talk provoked a number of questions to which Fr. John responded. After the talk, we went into small groups for further discussion and deliberations.

On 30th of March, the question of brother formation was discussed and recommendations were made to the General Council. On 31st of March, the last day was consecrated to bringing out recommendations to the General Council and putting together orientations and guidelines for missionary and vocation animation in the Society. The vocation and missionary animators had so many questions concerning their duties and responsibilities which were clarified using Vademecum for initial formation. The meeting ended on 31st of March evening.

We thank God and the Society for the rich experience of the meeting in Kigali which empowered the vocation and missionary animators in bearing good fruits for the society.

Palm Denis & Leo Laurence