Encounter & Dialogue

The Chapter insists that Encounter and Dialogue together form the foundation for our missionary life. Following the Cardinal, we are convinced that Encounter is an attitude which pushes us into creating bonds of friendship with the other in his culture and religion. Therefore, the Chapter has decided:

a. That this desire to encounter other persons on a human level, regardless of their religion, be developed amongst both candidates in formation and confreres. Let us be an outgoing Church (Evangelii Gaudium).

b. That those in charge of Initial Formation should have the taste for encounter and sufficient competence to be able to pass it on to our candidates. 

c. That an objective understanding of encounter with Islam, African Traditional Religion, Oriental Churches and of other Christian denominations be given in each of our houses of formation. That Catholic teaching on this subject, from Vatican II to the most recent declarations of Pope Francis, be integrated in Initial Formation. 

d. That we continue in our efforts to keep up the institutes of formation for Interreligious Dialogue: PISAI in Rome, IFIC in Bamako, the section in Tangaza College (Nairobi) for dialogue with Muslims, FENZA in Zambia as well as the centres whose aim is to make known African cultures and their ways of worship… etc. 

e. That we make our centres of formation for dialogue a priority to such an extent that we would rather be willing to give up other insertions. For this task the Society must continue to appoint young confreres to the task of encounter and dialogue. 

f. That the time normally given to young confreres and to confreres learning the language when they arrive in a new place may be more used also to learn about the culture and religion of that place. 

g. That we may be ready to share our experience of Encounter with the local Church and eventually to share this pastoral approach with all those seeking Christ. 

h. That we publish easily accessible pamphlets concerning Islam today, and forms of extremism stemming from a background of political Islam. 

i.that wherever we come across Oriental Churches or Christians of other denominations, we seek to know them better and to collaborate with them.

Capitular Acts 2016, pages 28-30