Meeting of AMR Formation CommitteeMeeting of AMR Formation Committee
September 23rd, 2017 - Cameroon

The Oblate Procure in Garoua, Cameroon, was the site of a meeting of the Formation Committee of the Africa-Madagascar Region, together with the scholasticate superiors of the Region. Before and after their meeting, they had the opportunity to visit the Oblate scholasticate in Yaoundé. They also joined in a joyful celebration of the ordination of priests and deacons at the parish next to the Procure.

 

The meeting featured a discussion of ways and means to foster consolidation, interculturality and more integration among units in the Region; how to put more emphasis on a sense of missionary zeal and Oblate Identity in our houses of formation; and on establishing a viable system to facilitate the exchange of formators between houses of formation in the AMR Region. 

The scholasticate superiors were given a platform to express their expectations in view of consolidation and interculturality and more integration in the Region. Some of their hopes and questions were these:

  1. Finding ways to consolidate the houses of formation in the Region
  2. Finding a practical vision that would foster unity among the units.
  3. Creating a forum for sharing concerns and support.
  4. The sharing and comparison of formation directories.
  5. Use of the AMR website to bring resources together. 


Two members of the Central Government participated in the meeting: the Assistant General for Formation, Fr. Cornelius NGOKA, and the General Councillor for the Region, Fr. Guillaume MUTHUNDA. 

The Regional Councillor spoke about the need for unity, integration and consolidation in the Region. He also said that he hopes that the Region will increase its capacity for mission by forming candidates who are open for the mission of the Region and the Congregation at large. 

The Assistant General talked about the statutes of the Regional Formation Committee; he suggested the need to clarify the expectations of the committee members and about financial issues. 

The entire meeting was very lively with much interaction. It concluded with a number of recommendations for further study and action.


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