Brother Brice BINI, OP is the new Coordinator of the Regents of Studies of Africa

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Brother Brice Kézié Bini, OP, Regent of studies of Saint Augustine Province in West Africa was elected on 24th November 2017 by the Regents of Studies of Africa as Coordinator of the Regents for the region of Africa (the Inter-Africa, IAOP). As such, he was appointed on 27th November 2017 by the Master of the Order, Brother Bruno Cadoré, as a member of the Permanent Commission for the Promotion of Studies in the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), for a period of six years. He replaces Brother Paul Akin-Otiko, OP, former Regent of Studies of the Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana. Brother Brice not being the IAOP Councillor for Intellectual Life, according to the Statutes of the Inter-Africa, he is a member of the Commission of the Intellectual Life of the IAOP (art.10).

The office of regional coordinator of the regents of studies was created by the General Chapter of Rome 2010, to "assist and support the Master of the Order in the intellectual mission of the Order, and stimulate the intellectual collaboration of the Provinces with each other and with the institutions under the immediate jurisdiction of the Master of the Order "(ACG Rome 2010, 96). In addition, the Regional Coordinator of Regents of Studies is called to serve as a member of the Permanent Commission for Promotion of Studies (ACG Rome 2010, 98). The General Chapter of Bologna 2016 specified that the mandate of the regional coordinators of regents of studies as members of this commission is six years (ACG Bologna 2016, 347.2).

The General Chapter of Bologna (ACG Bologna 2016, 347) entrusted seven main tasks to the Permanent Commission for the Promotion of Studies in the Order, which consist of "assisting the Master of the Order and the Socius for the intellectual life in the following areas:

1- planning and allocation of human and financial resources of the Order in the field of study;

2- promoting the training of future teachers;

3- the implementation of the new Ratio Studiorum Generalis;

4- preparation of a report on the viability of the study centers of the Order prior to each General Chapter;

5- supporting the development of the report the Socius for the Intellectual Life must present to the General Chapter, and the development of proposals to be presented to the Chapter;

6- checking the status of the publications that depend on the Master of the Order and the establishment of a policy for publication and dissemination;

7- other tasks that are required by the Ratio Studiorum Generalis."

The next meeting of the Permanent Commission for the Promotion of Studies, which will be attended by Brother Brice for the first time, will take place from 18 to 20 April 2018 in Rome, at the Santa Sabina Convent.

We say a big thank you to Brother Brice Bini, Doctor in Moral Theology who, despite busy academic schedule at the Catholic University of West Africa (UCAO) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and elsewhere, generously agreed to serve the Order in this new responsibility. We wish him a successful mission.

fr. Gabriel Samba, op

 

(30 November 2017)