Rome. Like any other day, 4th September, Friday, saw the redaction commission edging closer to putting final touches to produce the comprehensive Chapter document.
By this time, the chapter members, from their different parts, continued their group discussions on the charismatic traits of the Congregation. The results of their reflections were presented in the plenary session where some corrections were made for the redaction commission to take it up.
Conference level meeting
While the redaction commission was shaping the document, the chapter members made use of the time to come together on regional conference levels; ACLA, ASCLA East, ASCLA West, ECLA and MICLA. Below is attached the picture of ACLA (African Claretians).
Rome. The Congregation is indeed in a celebration of thanksgiving as we have gotten a new General Superior,Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Vattamattam, CMF.
After the election Fr. Mathew made the profession of faith and his oath of fidelity. Prior to this he addressed those present in the chapel and the whole Congregation highlighting his desire to journey under the action of the Spirit and emphasized on fraternity, trust and joy.
The festive atmosphere prolonged during lunch to which the Cardinal Jose Saraiva, CMF too was present to congratulate the new Superior General.
On 6 September, the chapter community has planned to go for an outing organized in two groups. One of them will go to Siena and the other to Assisi. The chapter works will be resumed on Monday.
The Claretian Bible Diary has been in use in South Africa through the Paulines. With the arrival of the Claretians to South Africa in November, 2012, it was deemed important to do a diary that takes into cognizance the South African ecclesial life.
This dream has been realized with the publication of the 2016 Bible Diary. The Claretians of the West Nigeria Delegation, in appreciation to the Archbishop of Johannesburg for the forward written, presented a copy of the Diary to him today, 14th of October, 2015. His support during the three years of our presence has been helpful as the mission continues to develop; a development that sees the personnel of the mission grow from two to three, with the presentation to him of two confreres who arrived on the 6th of October to be part of this mission: Frs. Obaedo Hubert and Innocent Daniel.
The Bishop also took this moment to thank Fr Ajinge Louis, cmf, for the work he has done in the Archdiocese and wished him a fruitful experience as he goes back to Nigeria to take up his new assignment.
It was all joy on 9th January 2016, when the members of the Delegation of West Nigeria collectively celebrated the inauguration the New Government of the Delegation appointed by the General Government. Present at the celebration were also the Lay Claretians and other Claretian Associates who gathered at the Claret House of Theology, Elerumoke in Ibadan, Oyo state. The inauguration began with the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Very Rev. Fr. Henry Omonisaye, cmf representing the General Government. The new Superior, Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Onyeayana, cmf, took his oath of office with the profession of faith on the altar with his right hand placed on the book of the Gospel.
The new Delegation Council consists of Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Onyeayana, cmf – Superior, Rev. Fr. Matthias Iheonu, cmf – Prefect of Apostolate, Rev. Fr. Augustine Medaiyedu-Ambrose, cmf – Prefect of Formation and Br. Isaiah Akins Olarewaju, cmf – Econome.
This celebration was preceded by a three day retreat/ seminar for the New Council facilitated by Fr. Henry. This focused on Leadership, discernment and their action plan focusing on the XXVTH General Chapter as well as our Constitutions and Directory.
There was some moment for light refreshment after the Mass with all those who were present at the occasion.
We pray that the Immaculate Heart of Mary will inspire and shepherd the New Government to reach greater heights of achievement for the good of the Delegation, the Church and the society.