"That your fruits may endure" (John 15:16)

 "That your fruits may endure" (John 15:16)

It is upon these words of Jesus to his disciples that the new Vicar Provincial of Rwanda and Burundi, fr. Raphael Uwineza Manikiza, O.P., set his mandate for the next four years at the service of his brothers. Elected on August 2, 2017 by the vocals of the Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi, gathered for their General Assembly, from 31 July to 8 August 2017 at the African Catechetical Institute (ICA) in Muyange, Kayanza Province (Burundi), fr. Raphael started by expressing his gratitude to the Lord who freely chooses his servants in his benevolence.

Through this motto, an expression of trust, expectation and hope, fr. Raphael indicated the perspective and objectives of his mandate, inviting the new council and all the brothers of the vicariate to commit themselves in a dynamicity of fraternal communion and evangelical witness. "As Dominicans of Rwanda and Burundi, we will be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, by consolidating our steps for the mission, preaching in season and out of season and seeking to produce fruits that remain." This is the strong message of his homily, on August 8, 2017, feast of our father St. Dominic in which fr. Raphael received the very first professions as vicar, nineteen in total, these included seven simple professions, eleven renewals, and one solemn profession. These professions took place in Christ the King church of the Ruganza branch (Burundi).

"Let your fruit remain", a motto that supports and carries the priorities of the vicariate like: the integration by all the brothers of the common mission-vision of the vicariate, the strengthening and consolidation of the convents of formation of Kigali and Bujumbura, the unity of the vicariate, follow up of the major projects (Kanyosha, Nyagatare, Dominican University), the formulation of the apostolic purpose of each community and the establishment of a vicariate council for economic affairs and fundraising, to reflect on the financial autonomy of the vicariate.

Formation (initial, complementary and permanent) oriented towards the vision-mission of the vicariate, remains one of the priorities. The promotion of vocations, the accompaniment of the brothers in formation, the increase in the capacity of the novitiate of Kigali are among the major concerns. The revision of the Ratio Formationis Particularis according to the new Ratio Formationis Generalis and the development of the Ratio Studiorum Particularis for the vicariate according to the new Ratio Studiorum Generalis are not to be forgoten. The new vicar also intends to continue the promotion of collaboration within Inter-Africa (IAOP).

At the end of the General Assembly of Muyange 2017, which had as its theme: "Studies, intellectual life and vision-mission of the Vicariate", the new council of the Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi was formed as follows :

Assistant to the Vicar Provincial: fr. Symphorien NTIBAGIRIRWA

Out going Vicar Provincial: fr. Sixbert HATEGEKIMANA

Prior of the convent of Kigali: fr. Benjamin NGORORABANGA

Prior of the convent of Bujumbura : fr. Jean Népomucène BIGIRIMANA

Promoter of studies: fr. Gilbert MUNANA

Syndic of the Vicariate: fr. Damien DUFITIMANA

Elected councillor : fr. Ezéchiel RIVUZIMANA

Subsidiary councillor (alternate): fr. Callixte HABONIMANA fr. Raphaël Manikiza, op

We congratulate fr. Raphael (who is at the same time the IAOP syndic), and the new vicariate council. We thank the former vicar, fr. Sixbert Ategekimana for all the services rendered. We say thank you to fr. Emmanuel Ntakarutimana, Moderator of this Assembly, to fr. Michel Gourgues, animator of the August 1, 2017 recollection, and to the Provincial of Canada, fr. André Descôteaux, thanks alot.

fr. Gabriel Samba, op.


(19 September 2017)