VIADANA, an inexhaustible “source” of Dominican life in D.R. CONGO

First profession in D. R. Congo

On August 8, 2014, the Solemnity of our Father Dominic was celebrated with the first religious profession in the convent of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary of Viadana, General Vicariate of St. Pius V in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Eight (8) novice brothers made their first profession in the hands of Brother Pierre-Marie Rodin KAWUSU, OP, sub-prior of this convent which houses the novitiate, in the Eastern  Province of the D.R. Congo. Brother Gerard TENGA - TENGA, speaks about this ceremony which was attended by many faithful, relatives and friends of the brothers.

"At the end of their novitiate year, the following brothers made simple profession: Josaphat BOLAYA, Gloire BADIBANGA, Benjamin KOKUMBO, Samuel NGONGO, Edouard ABOLE, Martin MATIABA, Félicien KAPENGA WA KAPENGA et Hugues Marie KABANGU.

"In his homily, Brother Pierre Rodin invited the young brothers to a scrupulous respect of the Dominican Fundamental Constitution which guides our common life, regular observance, the sacred liturgy, prayer and study (LCO 1). The project of the Sequela Christi  is formally a project of faith, which requires an upright and sincere heart, enlightened by the grace of God to welcome with joy "the gospel", to become Christians, to behave as children of God, and as disciples of Jesus," he said.

The newly professed are assigned to the convent of St. Dominic in  Kinshasa to begin their institutional studies, in particular, philosophy."

We extend our sincere congratulations to our young brothers. We wish them much joy and happiness in the Order. We say a big thank you to the entire formation community of the convent of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and to brother Gerard Tenga- Tenga in particular, for sharing with us the news of Viadana, cradle of Dominican life in D.R. Congo.

The General Vicariate of St. Pius V is moving steadily towards the status of a vice-province. Congratulations !

Br. Gabriel Samba, op.


(08 september 2014)