The students meeting of the Inter-Africa of the Order of Preachers (IAOP) took place in Kinshasa

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The students meeting of the Inter-Africa of the Order of Preachers (IAOP)
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The Delegates of the student brothers of the IAOP met at Saint Dominic Convent, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, from 7 to 12 July 2014, for their training session. There were fifteen brothers from the eight entities of the IAOP (Nigeria and Ghana, West Africa, D.R. Congo, Southern Africa, Rwanda and Burundi, Equatorial Africa, Eastern Africa, and Angola), to reflect anew on formation and mission in Africa, in the context of the Jubilee of the Order (800 years of its confirmation) and the 40th anniversary of the Inter-Africa OP. Brother Dieudonné BIGIRIMAN, Delegate of the student bothers of the Provincial Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi takes stock of the session.

The theme of this meeting was: "Formation to face the challenges of mission in Africa today.” In a climate of discussion and exchanges, discernment, prayer and contemplation, the student brothers reflected upon the required formation to carry out the mission of the Order in Africa today. They began by assessing the resolutions of the previous session held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in 2010, and they shared the different experiences of their curriculum. This exercise helped to gather views about formation in different entities of the IAOP. The brothers proceeded to a retrospective review of the history of Inter-Africa OP. This review was based on the text of brother Liboire KAGABO, first Coordinator of the IAOP which he presented to the formators at their session in October 2013 in Bujumbura. From this review, there has been much progress. Nevertheless, serious questions arise in the future. Some entities retreated home again. There is a risk of regression if nothing is done. After this review, brother José BOLABOTO, Delegate of the cooperator Brothers of African spoke about the formation of cooperator brothers in Africa and its involvement in training. He called for the cooperation of everyone to face the challenge.

This and many other challenges identified by the students call to action. Issues related to poverty, to ethnical conflicts, governance, corruption, war and violence of all kinds, human traffic and many others of this kind are challenges to the Dominican mission in Africa. Many efforts have been made to address these challenges. The brothers, in all entities, have been engaged in various activities pertinent and exciting, but the way to quench the thirst for justice and peace of the African people is still long. Hence, the students reflected upon the type of formation needed to respond effectively to these challenges of the mission. A formation of experts is needed to better address these challenges.

Brother Vivian BOLAND, Vicar of the Master of the Order and delegate Socius for initial formation exposed the ongoing project of the Ratio Formationis Generalis for 2016. And Brother Gabriel SAMBA, Socius of the Master of the Order for Africa closed the session emphasizing on the importance and relevance of the theme of Mission in the Order today.

We thank brother Mike DEEB, Permanent Delegate of the Order to the United Nations for facilitating this meeting, brother Marie Victor KISYABA, IAOP Councilor for Formation for having organized this meeting, and all the brothers of the Vicariate General of Congo for their fraternal welcome.

Fr. Dieudonné BIGIRIMANA, op.

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(28 juillet 2014)