The Coordinating Committee of Inter-Africa (CC-IAOP) prepares the 12th General Assembly of the IAOP

12th General Assembly of IAOP: 20-27 July, 2014, Nairobi, Kenya
CC-IAOP  2013

This is the main purpose of the meeting held at St. Thomas Aquinas Priory in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 27 to 30 December 2013,  under the chairmanship of Brother Gabriel Samba, Socius for Africa and Coordinator of Inter-Africa. The five members of the Coordinating Committee have focused on the preparation of the 12th General Assembly of the IAOP which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya at the Dimesse Spiritual Centre, from July 20 to 27, 2014, under the theme: "The challenges of the Dominican mission in Africa today". The Committee first reviewed the activities of the year 2013 and each member reported on the tasks entrusted to him.

With regard to the preparation of the 12th General Assembly of the IAOP, the CC-IAOP prepared the agenda and defined the elements that would constitute the report of the Major Superiors in connection with the theme of the Assembly and the orientations and objectives of the 800 years of the jubilee of the confirmation of the Order. The committee then discussed practical issues related to logistics, secretarial, translation, moderators, speakers, liturgy, transportation, etc. It estimated the number of participants to be 45, full members and guests included.

Since the General Assembly of Nairobi will take place  in the wake of the celebration of the Jubilee of the Order (because the 13th Assembly of the IAOP will be in 2017), we shall take the opportunity of the 12th Assembly to celebrate the jubilee of the Order at the regional level in Africa. Therefore, the CC-IAOP has invited some members of the General Curia, members of different branches of the Dominican Family present in Africa, some pioneers of Inter-Africa to come.  A solemn Mass marking this regional celebration will take place on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10 am at the monastery of our Dominican nuns in Karen, Nairobi. On this occasion, we expect to have the Archbishop of Nairobi  (who would also preside at the opening Mass of the Assembly) and the Apostolic Nuncio (subject to their response to our invitation), the whole Dominican Family and many other personalities. Several symbolic liturgics and cultural activities are planned.

Finally, the Committee has considered the idea of making a fabric (loincloth) of the Jubilee that we should wear during the Holy Year of Jubilee (November 7, 2015 – January 21, 2017), and the production of a DVD presenting the “Holy Preaching” of the brothers in Africa. The next meeting of the CC-IAOP will take place on 18 and 19 July 2014 in Nairobi before the Assembly.

 Fr. Gabriel Samba, OP

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