On the 2nd of October, Bishop Jan De Groef started his homily in our Chapel saying: ‘I guess this celebration was not intentionally planned to take place in October, month of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in whose patronage we are placed’. Indeed, it was a blessing that our Formation House in Merivale, on that day, had an extraordinary celebration of the Missionary Oath and Diaconate Ordination of Peter Bwire, as well as the Ministry of Acolyte of Nine (09) of our brothers in the third year of theology.
This ‘Acolytate’, which was supposed to have taken place earlier at the end of their 2nd year, was delayed because of the break out of the Corona pandemic since early 2020.
‘Leaving their parents, friends, countries…, which should have repelled them, inspire them with fear, this is precisely what attracts them’: Mission in Africa and to the African World. It was a significant step, on this 2nd October, for our new acolytes in their journey to devoting themselves totally to this cause. As for Peter, he committed himself totally to serving God in the charism of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa. Father Konrad, Sector Delegate of South Africa sector, received his Oath in the name of the General Council and of the Society at large.