On Saturday 20th of May 2017, our confrere, John MacWilliam, was ordained bishop by Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, MAfr, at Worth Abbey in England, where John had completed high school.
John was indeed appointed Bishop of Laghouat-Ghardaïa, succeeding Claude Rault, M.Afr., who had resigned several months ago, having reaching the limit age of activity as bishop. John preferred to receive episcopal ordination in England rather than in Algeria where visas take a long time to be granted.
At the General House, we celebrated Easter in a rather small community. Most of the General Council were visiting our communities around the world, many of the students were on holiday, mainly doing pastoral work in Italy and elsewhere, some of the remaining few were getting a feeling of how Easter was being celebrated in Rome. Sixteen of us, including the mother of our French confrere Laurent Balas, were celebrating the Easter Vigil in our Crypt, led by Mak Caesar Abagna, a ghanean priest who is staying with us while studying at the PISAI.