From the 26th April to the 8th of May, Fr Alzinir Debastiani, Delegate General for the OCDS, made a fraternal visit to the eight OCDS communities in Nigeria, as well as to the numerous confraternities of the Child Jesus of Prague existing in the country.
He went to Enugu, Nssuka, Owerri, Benin City, Ibadan, Ekpoma and Abuja, where he received a fraternal welcome from the brothers and sisters, with whom he was able to share, in the various meeting, topics such as the presence of the Secular Order in the world, the spirituality of the Holy Mother Teresa of Jesus, the spirituality of the Childhood of Jesus in the saints of Carmel, etc… In each meeting, the conferences of Fr Alzinir followed a wide and animated dialogue.
On the first of May, feast of St Joseph the worker, he blessed the terrain where the National Sanctuary of the Child Jesus will be built, and where a statue of the Child Jesus of Prague will be enthroned in a tiny chapel situated there. The visit concluded with the celebration of the V Congress of the OCDS of Nigeria, from the 5th to the 8th May, on the topic: Living the contemplative dimension of the secular Carmelite spirituality. As the most obvious fruit of the Congress, we can point to the fact that the representatives elected there (three councillors and the president, Sr Michael Ogunu), will begin in coordination with the Delegate of the Vicariate, Fr Cyrill Udom, ocd, the revision of the statutes and the Ratio Institutionis.