Golden Jubilee of Dominicans in Ivory Coast

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The Vice-Province of St. Augustine in West Africa ended the Golden Jubilee of the presence of the Dominican Friars in Ivory Coast (1961-2011) on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at St. Dominic Priory in Abidjan.

The solemn closing Mass was presided over by Most Reverend Jean-Pierre KUTWAN, Metropolitan Archbishop of Abidjan (Ivory Coast) in the presence of Bro. Bruno Cadoré, Master of the Order of Preachers and his Socius for Africa, Bro. Gabriel Samba. Also present at this Mass was,  Most  Rev.  Pierre-Marie  COTY,  Bishop  Emeritus  of  Daloa  (Ivory  Coast),  His Excellency Jeannot Ahoussou KOUADIO, Prime Minister of Ivory Coast and several other personalities.

The large Dominican Family in Ivory Coast, Christians and friends of the Brothers wearing the loincloth of the fiftieth anniversary came to celebrate together with the forty Brothers present at the Mass. Bro. Pierre Pirson one of the elders of the priory of Abidjan came from Belgium for the occasion.

Fifty years is "the age of maturity," said Bishop Kutwan. The Archbishop of Abidjan recalled the achievements of the brothers and expressed his gratitude to them. He also paid tribute to the pioneers of Dominican presence in Ivory Coast. Finally he questioned the brothers to continue their mission in the current context of the Ivory Coast, announcing to all that "the time of joy can begin," that "God has mercy on his people" and to be artisans of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace as Pope Benedict XVI says in Africae Munus.

In his speech for the occasion, the Master of the Order, Bro. Bruno Cadoré expressed his great joy and the gratitude of the Order for the work that has been done. He also expressed his gratitude to the first brothers who were messengers of God’s friendship in Ivory Coast. He noted that, “celebrating the Jubilee is to commemorate the history of which we are heirs” and also “to learn on our roots to build the future.”  The wish of Master of the Order for this jubilee is to see the Brothers being “animated by insomnia of compassion "and being "concerned with the truth for the next 50 years ".

As part of the festivities marking the end of the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary, Most Reverend Jean-Pierre KUTWAN, Metropolitan Archbishop of Abidjan (Ivory Coast), ordained two brothers to the deaconate. They are, Bros Ambrose K. Sodokin and Aurel Hugues G. da Silva. The Mass of the ordinations took place on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 9:00 am in St. Paul's Cathedral in Abidjan. Let us keep our brothers in our prayers.

Fr. Gabriel Samba, OP  (AFRIDOMS FLASH N°007)