Formation of the formators of the Dominican Inter- Africa (IAOP)

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Formation of the formators of the Dominican Inter- Africa (IAOP)
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From 7 to 12 October 2013, formators of the entities of IAOP had a formation workshop at the Queen of Trust Centre of the Sisters of Schoenstatt in Bujumbura, Burundi. The theme of the workshop chaired by brother Marie Victor KISYABA, Councillor of IOAP for Formation was: "Formation to better meet the challenges in Africa." It brought together a dozen of brothers including four novice masters of six, and five student masters of seven which has Africa. They came from Nigeria, Benin Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi. The only entity absent was Angola. Brother Vivian BOLAND, Vicar of the Master of the Order and responsible for initial formation, and brother Gabriel SAMBA, Socius for Africa took part in the workshop.

Brother Liboire KAGABO, a pioneer of the Inter-Africa did ​​a retrospective reading of the history of the IAOP. He presented the expectations at the beginning of the IAOP. After his conference, the participants made ​​recommendations including the introduction of a course on the history and structure of the IAOP in the novitiate. Brother José BOLABOTO, a cooperator brother from the Vicariate General of St. Pius V, R. D. Congo and Delegate of the cooperator brothers in Africa presented the vocation of the cooperator brothers. After some exchanges, the formators recommended that senior cooperator brothers be involved in the formation of the brothers. Finally, brother Vivian BOLAND spoke of the Ratio Formationis Generalis and of the formation of the formators. He presented the project of the courses for new formators to be held at the regional level, "online " in part and also with a face to face presence. These courses will address the human formation, the specific themes of Dominican spirituality, the Ministry of the Word, the Juridical Traditions of the Church and of the Order, and the steps to be a formator.

The formators shared their experiences of novice and student masters, challenges and joys. Each presented the Ratio Formationis Particularis of its entity and there were discussions on the formation programmes and on the different stages of the formation: promotion of vocations, pre-novitiate, novitiate and studentate. As brother Clement AHOUANDJINOU who prepared this report states, formators adopted recommendations that will be submitted to the 12th General Assembly of the IAOP which will be held from July 20 to 27, 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Fr. Gabriel Samba, OP