Elective Chapter of the Vice-Province of St. Augustine in West Africa

Elective Chapter of the Vice-Province of St. Augustine in West Africa

The Vice-Province of St. Augustine in West Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Benin Republic, and Burkina Faso) celebrated its Elective Chapter from July 12 to 18, 2015 at St. Dominic priory, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. It was chaired by brother Benjamin Sombel SARR, prior of the priory, whom the thirteen capitulars, on the 15th of July 2015, elected as the new Vice-Prior Provincial for a four year term. Brother Benjamin Sombel SARR accepted his office after the confirmation of his election and succeeds Brother Roger Houngbedji who served for two terms (eight years) at the head of this entity 

In addition to the thirteen capitulars, five guests took part in the Vice-Provincial chapter: Jean Pierre ABOA from the Dominican Laity of Abidjan, Sr Julienne NIKIEMA, from the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation who came from Korhogo, Ivory Coast, and Sister Marie Madeleine MBONIMPA, superior of the Dominican nuns’ monastery of the Annunciation who came from Soclogbo, Dassa, Benin Republic. 

The Capitular assembly elected as Diffinitors: brothers Clement AHOUANDJINOU, Augustine MISSODEY, George ALAHOU and Paul Dago N'DJEMEHISSA. Two brothers were elected as deputies (councillors): Pierre Paul MISSEHOUNGBE and Joachim SOME. The Diffinitory work began on July 21 at St. Dominic priory, Abidjan. 

Born on August 8, 1967 (feast of our Holy Father Dominic!) in Fatick, Senegal, Brother Benjamin Sombel SARR made his profession in the Order of Preachers on the 15th of October 1996. He was ordained to the priesthood on the 11th of August 2001. He has a doctorate in dogmatic theology (2006) and in philosophy (2015).  The former Socius of the outgoing Vice-Prior Provincial, Brother Benjamin is lecturer and secretary general of the Catholic University of West Africa, Abidjan Campus, Ivory Coast. 

It should be noted that the chapter of the Vice-Province of St. Augustine in West Africa was preceded by a Vice-Provincial Assembly on 10 and 11 July, still at St Dominic priory in Abidjan. It was moderated by Brother Emmanuel Ntakarutimana, from the Provincial Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi, former Socius of the Master of the Order for Africa and Coordinator of Inter-Africa (IAOP). Thirty-three brothers from the five communities of the Vice-Province (Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Dakar, Cotonou and Ouagadougou) took part in this assembly which had as its general theme: "Common Life". The facilitator had reformulated the theme thus: "Engagement in common life for a new impetus to the mission". To address this issue as it was reformulated Brother Emmanuel proposed to the brothers four discussions in two days, morning and afternoon each day. These four talks each had a theme related to the general theme:

1) The quality of our life at the heart of the organization of the Dominican mission.

2) Common life & the foundation of our Dominican life.

3) Mobilization and management of the common good.

4) The celebration of the Jubilee as an occasion of new life for the mission in Francophone West Africa 

Thank you to Brother Clement Ahouandjinou for his valuable collaboration. A fruitful mission to all the team, and may God bless the Vice Province of St. Augustine in West Africa.                                               

fr Gabriel Samba, OP.


(29 July 2015)