Faithful to its vocation forming of missionaries, who, can each one day affirm to be a missionary “from the bottom of my heart” like the our venerable Founder, the Servant of God, Bishop Marion de Bresillac, the International Spiritual Year (ISY), “Centre Bresillac” Calavi welcomed its 26th group of future missionaries on 1st October 2013.
Keeping its international and intercultural character, the 23 participants in this year’s ISY are from nine (09) countries of Africa. Special mention must be made to a participant from Burkina Faso. The Formation Team is made of four (09) SMA priests from France, Côte d’Ivoire, India and Nigeria.
|Fr. Herve and a faithful in the USA|
The breakdown of the community is as follows:
1. AGIDA Awugo Augustine DFBB Nigeria
2. AUGUSTINE Bitiong Jeremiah DFBB Nigeria
3. BONOU Mahutondji Charlemagne DFBB Bénin
4. CHIKONTWE Deotacious DFGL Zambia
5. DAUDA Choji Isaac DFBB Nigeria
6. GBOLOHOE Yao Mawuko Parfait DFGG Togo
7. GNIOU Laurent Yacoubou Strasbourg Togo
8. GUDDAH Paschal DFGG Ghana
9. KALIMA Rodgers DFGL Zambia
10. KONZAWO Hézouwé Séraphin DFGG Togo
11. LUNGIEKA Kepala Odomard DFGL RDC
12. MONGEZA Peter DFGL Zambia
13. N’GUETTIA Thibaut Raoul DFGG Côte d’Ivoire
14. OCHAI Zachariah DFBB Nigeria
15. ODIMBA Jean Jacques DFGL RDC
16. OFOSU Nimoh Edmund DFGG Ghana
17. ONDWARI Josephat DFGL Kenya
18. OUEDRAOGO Bruno Windpanga DFGG Burkina Faso
19. SALISU Sabo Yakubu BFBB Nigeria
20. SENOU Schimea Emen Jacob DFGG Togo
21. SINDA Peddy DFGL Zambia
22. YAKUBU Andrew DFGG Ghana
23. YASHIM Abel DFBB Nigeria
FORMATION - TEAM
1. ABOU YEPIE Hervé BFGG RCI (+229)65602828
2. GARREAU Pierre LYON France (+229)65177936
3. LOURDUSAMY Raja IDF India (+229)66641799
4. SOYOYE Basil BBDF Nigeria (+229)65111364
The ambiance so far is quite fraternal with each one in the programme settling down to journey with God and the missionary spirit of the Founder, Fr. Augustine Planque and our ancestors who have passed this extraordinary rich missionary tradition of total commitment to the “most abandoned” to us. The same values that the ISY is committed to transmitting to all SMA candidates who are sent here by the Superiors and Councils of the various Units in the SMA.
There are some significant SMA events that will mark this year’s spiritual year program. They are:
v The Bight of Benin District in Formation’s Assembly from 11th -22nd November 2013; we are looking forward to hosting these great missionaries and leaders of the Society who will be sharing in the quiet atmosphere of “Calavi”. Particular mention most be made of Very Rev. Fachtna O’DRISCOLL, SMA, our Superior General. We are in joyful expectations of the message of hope that he will bring to us in the name of the SMA Family. We also look forward to seeing all the Unit Superiors, both District in Formation and Regions. We congratulate them on their various elections; thank the various emeritus who will also be present. To all, especially to Fr. John Dunne, our one time Superior, we welcome with a thousand “ mi kuabo”.
v On 23rd of November 2013, all roads from Cotonou, Lome and why not Lagos will lead to Calavi, for the closing ceremonies of the jubilee celebration of the establishment of Centre Bresillac by our Superior General. Together with all our supporters, we are going to pray at the blessing of the Grotto in memory of the bicentenary anniversary of the birth of our Founder. Following local tradition, both the “pagne” cloth and gallons of Holy Water indispensable for the occasion are ready.
With Faith, Hope and Charity, we have faith that this year will also bring lots of blessings.