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20 September 2022

Congo: Session of formation and preparation for solemn vows for the Discalced Carmelite Friars of Africa and Madagascar

On July 4, 2022, 19 simply professed friars met at the “THERESIANUM” spirituality center in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). They came from the Commissariat of Congo, the Commissariat of Madagascar, the Provincial Delegation of Cameroon, the Delegation of Central Africa, the Delegation of West Africa (Ivory Coast-Togo-Burkina Faso) and the Regional Vicariate of Burundi-Rwanda. Until the end of September, they will live together for three months of formation, fraternal life and sharing of experiences.

To help the friars in this period of preparation for solemn vows, 13 Discalced Carmelites will take turns to carry out weekly lessons on the theology of consecrated life and vows in the African context, without forgetting the issues related to the management of goods. As for the Carmelite dimension, the life, the main works and doctrinal syntheses of our Holy Ancestors are planned, together with the Rule, the Constitutions and the Norms.

With this session, the French-speaking Conference of Africa and Madagascar wishes to complete the formation in the charism of those being trained and to prepare them for Solemn Profession. Emphasis will be placed on human, religious and spiritual preparation, to help each candidate mature the commitment they are about to make.