From the beginning of April until de end of June of 2017, Fr. Artur Teixeira CMF made the canonical visitation to the East Nigeria Province in the name of the Superior General.
First, he visited Ghana (5-18 of April) at Manso Agroyesum [Obuasi], Akropong [Kumasi], Buipe [Damongo], Jamded [Sunyani], where our missionaries have been working for about 20 years. Then, he went to Sarh in Tchad (19-26 of April) where for one year and a half three Claretians have been evangelizing and journeying with the poorest in a tough periphery within a Muslim environment. Afterward, he came to Nigeria (27 of April-29 of June) and visited all the communities and residences, formation houses and main apostolates of the Province in the Northeast, Center and Southeast of the country, being witness of immense richness, cultural-religious-social diversity, joys, adversities, hopes, challenges,... in a mixed atmosphere of fragile peace and uncertainty about the present-future national situation.
On that "extraordinary act of government", the General Prefect of Apostolate shared the daily life of the members, encouraging all to vocational fidelity and to creative-prophetic evangelization, strengthening the bond of union within the Congregation and building new ways and processes according to our charismatic traits in mission.
The remarkable blessings and presentation of cola-nuts, as well as the welcoming speeches, songs, and dances, presented with requests for economic aid on educational, social and pastoral projects, served with local gifts and expressions of deep gratitude... will remain on the minds, hearts, and chronicles for several days, weeks or even months. However, it is not what matters since the canonical visit invited each and all to communion, transformation, conversion.
[Some pictures are available on our official Facebook]
MS 1 (Cf. CC 2; Dir 26.)