“Repositioning our Apostolates to Meet the Goal of the Province”

Friars of the Province of St Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana

In accordance with the Statutes of the Province of St Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana, the Provincial, Bro. Charles Ukwe, convoked the Provincial Assembly for 2015 with the theme, “Repositioning our Apostolates to Meet the Goal of the Province”.

The Assembly was held from the 29th of September to the 2nd of October, 2015 at the Formation House in Ibadan with 136 brothers in attendance. In his welcome address, the Provincial invited the brothers to be free and open in their sharing especially as it pertains to the apostolates in the Province.

The keynote address was delivered by Bro. Quirico Pedregosa, the Rector of the Seminary of the University of St. Thomas, Philippines. In his address, which was titled, “A Missionary Option to the Peripheries”, he reminded brothers that we are called to hold on to a creative force that will enable us to drive our charism to meet the needs of the Province. This creative force which he termed “missionary impulse of preaching” must be targeted at those at the peripheries. These are places, life-realities or life-situations, groups of people, or practices and systems, far from, or without yet, or needing the influence of the power of the gospel.

The facilitator, Fr Bonaventure Ugwu, CSSp., keyed brothers into the discussions proper. The different categories of apostolates were examined sequentially beginning with DI/DU and schools. Other apostolates include Parishes, Internet and the Media; Wellness for Humanity Ministry; Centre for Human Resources Development, (Moniya Farms), St Jude Apostolate, Dominican Arts, the Abuja and Foreign Missions. The brothers in these apostolates were on ground to share their experiences, successes, challenges, and prospects. Among others, it was reiterated that according to our Dominican tradition, our apostolate flows from our community life and our community life should have its mark in our various apostolates.

In his closing remarks, the Provincial thanked the brothers who came from far and near for their sincere and open fraternal sharing. He also commended the brothers we are doing greatly in their various apostolates and challenged them to strive to do better. He emphasized that the community should not be sacrificed on the altar of apostolate and the apostolate must not be neglected due to the comfort of community.

Other highlights of the Assembly include: the laying of the tombstone for late Bro. Julius Nwaibe who died a year ago and updates on the Jubilee by the Promoter of the Jubilee, Bro. Augustine Agwulonu.

After all the proceedings, there was a gala night which helped the brothers relish their fraternal experience of the formation house and helped them shake-off the stress of their apostolates.

Clement Uzoanya, OP


(25 of October 2015)