12th General Assembly of the Inter-Africa of the Order of Preachers (IAOP)

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«The challenges of the Dominican mission in Africa today.» This is the theme of the 12th General Assembly of the IAOP celebrated in Nairobi (Dimesse Sisters Spititual Centre), Kenya, from 21 to 26 July 2014. Presided over by the Coordinator of the IAOP and Socius of the Master of the Order for Africa, brother Gabriel Samba, this Assembly gathered thirty-eight participants from Africa, the General Curia (Santa Sabina, Rome) and elsewhere. The major Superiors of the eight entities of the IAOP as well as their Delegates were all present, except the Delegate of the Provincial Vicariate of Angola. The Master of the Order, Brother  Bruno CADORE and the representatives of the different branches of the Dominican Family in Africa took also part in this Assembly during which Africa as a Region celebrated the Jubilee of the 8th centenary of the confirmation of the Order and the 40th anniversary of the Inter-Africa.

On Monday July 21, 2014, after the opening Mass presided over by Coordinator of the IAOP, brother Gabriel Samba, the Assembly began with the presentation of the reports of the members of the Coordinating Committee. On Tuesday 22th July, the Master of the Order presided over the Eucharist of the feast of St Mary Magdalene and received the Solemn Profession of two brothers from the Provincial Vicariate of Equatorial Africa: Sebastian Nkoa Ayissi and Patrick Dangavo Yando. The Assembly went on with the presentation of the reports of the Major Superiors and of the guests. Brother Jean-Jacques Pérennès (Director of IDEO in Cairo, Egypt and former Socius of the Master of the  Order for Apostolic Life), who was the main speaker and moderator of the Assembly (together with brother Mike Deeb), addressed the Assembly on Wednesday morning 23rd July. In the afternoon, Brother Bruno spoke to the Assembly on theme of mission. He said that “mission is preaching communion and living it.” On Thursday morning 24th July, the Assembly listened attentively to the presentations of bother Franklin Buitrago Rojas, Secretary General of the Order and Coordinator General of the Jubilee, and the one of brother Javier Pose, Socius of the Master of the Order for Latin America and the Caribbean and also Chairman of LCO and Restructuring Standing Committee. Their interventions helped the participants to better understand the approach and objectives of the Jubilee celebration of the 8th centenary of the Order, as well as the restructuring of the structures of the Order, in connection with the mission.

The Assembly had the joy to welcome and to share the experiences of many members of the Dominican Family: Sr Faustina Tayo Jimoh, Coordinator of Dominican Sisters Africa (DSA) ; Sr Juliette Kilanir, Coordinator of the Union of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers in Africa ; Félix Foko representative of the lay Dominican Fraternities in Africa; brother José Bolaboto, Delegate of the Cooperator bothers of Africa; Anthonia Umenwobi from the Dominican Youth Movement of Nigeria who came to speak of the first African Congress of this Movement, which is to be held in Ilorin, Nigeria, from 28 July to 3 August 2014. Brother Liboire Kagabo, one of the pioneers of the Inter-Africa and first IAOP Coordinator gave a testimony on late brother Thomas Kamainda on the beginnings of the Inter-Africa. Brother Benoît-Joseph Colonval, superior of the community of the Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean presented the outlook for future foundation in Madagascar. For reasons beyond his goodwill, the superior of the new foundation of Malabo, Equatorial Guinea was unable to attend this meeting.

The various reports and interventions of the guests allowed the Assembly to pin down the major challenges of the Dominican mission in Africa today and meet five dominant points namely: communication, collaboration, financial autonomy and new religious movements. Reflections from groups had the merit to identify these challenges in terms of gaps, and make proposals for a renewal of apostolic life. The Assembly elected the new members of the Coordinating Committee. It also reviewed and adopted the Statutes of the Inter-Africa.

The new IAOP team is as follows:

Coordinator of the IAOP: Br. Gabriel SAMBA (Provincial Vicariate of Equatorial Africa)

Syndic of the IAOP: Br. Prudence HATEGEKIMANA (Provincial Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi).

He takes over from brother Emil Blaser from the Vicariate General of Southern Africa.

Councillor of the IAOP for Justice and Peace and the Dominican Family:

Br. Mario RUI (Provincial Vicariate of Angola). He takes over from brother Mike Deeb from the Vicariate General of Southern Africa.

Councillor of the IAOP for Formation: Br. Marie-Victor KISYABA (Vicariate General of St Pius V, D.R. Congo). He was unanimously re-elected for a second term.

Councillor of the IAOP for Intellectual Life: Br. Paul AKIN-OTIKO (Province of St Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana). He takes over from brother André Adoba from the Vicariate General of St Pius V, D.R. Congo.

Fr. Gabriel Samba, op.

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(31 July 2014)