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Regional Chapter 2018, Notre-Dame-des-Apôtres, Cameroon

Lucie Mekoulou Me-Zambo, CND, et Marthe Falie Minkoué Nzié, CND

Our Regional Chapter began with a beautiful Eucharistic celebration led by the members of the liturgical committee. Through songs of different languages and colors, we lived a multilingual and intercultural experience, an image of the diversity of the members of our Region.

In her word of welcome, Sr. Minkada Brigitte introduced Father Armand Fessi celebrant of our beautiful Eucharistic celebration and animator of the two retreat days which will begin our Chapter. He is a man of experience both in religious life and in the life of the church.

Father is a member of the Spiritain (Holy Ghost) Congregation. He has been Provincial Leader and responsible for formation. Now he is parish priest in Zoételé.

After a word of welcome, Sr. Thema Renaud Regional Leader officially declared the opening of the Chapter, and proceeded to the call of the delegates. Inspired by the Readings of the day and the theme of our chapter, Father Armand invited us to be docile to the action of the Spirit who wishes to become one with us and enable us to do what the Lord wants us to do during this Chapter. Interpreting Galatians 5:1, the celebrant invited us to adhere to the Will of God in liberating freedom.

Gathered in the chapter hall, Sr. Thelma shared a letter from our General Leadership addressed to the sisters and associates of the Region.

In his first conference, Father Armand developed the second phrase of our chapter theme: Let us journey together. To journey together is to be in communion and we cannot be in communion without the Holy Spirit. From the Mystery of Pentecost and Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys’ experience of burning charcoal, Father Armand describes the action of the Spirit as “FIRE”. He invited us to look at the experience of communion under four aspects:

  • Smoke: symbol of mercy,

  • Flame: symbol of love of self and of our neighbor

  • Burning coals: symbol of fraternal warmth and joy

  • Ashes: symbol of the total commitment of one’s self to God through the vow of obedience.

    In closing this first conference, Father Armand left us with thought provoking questions:

  • Do we risk trusting?

  • Do we risk calling forth God’ given gift in others?

  • Do we risk forgiving?

  • Do we risk accepting who we are?

  • Do we risk drawing from the other’s experience, and accepting that the other be different from us?

  •  Do we risk accepting refusal from another?

  • Of this day we hold in our heart the spirit of communion, prayer and contemplation which pervaded among us. MAGNIFICAT ! ! !

 

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