The Conference of Major Superiors of Anglophone Africa held its annual meeting in Kenya from Sunday the 2nd to Friday the 7th, in Nairobi-Kenya. Here is the communiqué issued by the Conference:
We, the Conference of Major Superiors of Anglophone Africa, send you heartfelt fraternal greetings.
- We held our annual meeting at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Carmelite Community Kiserian –Kenya from the 2nd to 7th February 2020. During these days, we prayerfully reflected on the state of affairs of the Order in our respective circumscriptions. We would like to share the following with you:
- We continue to give thanks to the Lord of the Vineyard for the seed of the Carmelite Vocation planted in our respective African soils through the generous labours of our Mother Provinces. We are equally grateful for the so many positive signs of the growth and flourishing of this seed of Carmel in our lands. While appreciating the sacrifice of the missionaries still accompanying us, we continue to pray the Lord of the Harvest to send more dedicated labourers into his vineyard and grant success to the work of our hands.
- We gladly acknowledge that the 4th Teresian Congress for Africa held in October 2019 was a huge success in fostering growth and communion between the two language zones. We, therefore, express our most profound gratitude to our Father General, Very Rev. Fr. Saverio Cannistra and the Definitor for Africa, Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Ehigie for their respective invaluable contributions towards the success of the Congress. Our special appreciation goes to Frs Philbert Namphande and Fr Emile M’Bra, the respective Presidents of the Anglophone and Francophone Conferences. The members of the Planning Committee chaired by Fr Valentin Ntumba, Fr Jerome Paluku, the Secretary of the Missionary Cooperation Office, the local organizing committee, as well as the Friars of the host circumscription and the Provincial Delegation of Cameroon. We remind all the participants at the Congress of their responsibility to ensure that the fruits of the Congress are duly disseminated. To further exchange and facilitate the internalization of the gains of the Congress, we on our part, will intensify efforts to see to the timely publication and distribution of the various presentations at the Congress.
Also, given the importance of such events seen in the warm reception of the various presentations and encounters, as well as the need to keep abreast with contemporary realities as they affect us, we agreed that henceforth the Teresian African Congress will be a sexennial event.
- We recognized the beauty of collaboration as it contributed immensely to the success of the 4th Teresian Congress. We therefore renewed our resolve to promote collaboration both within and across our circumscriptions. We hereby enjoin all our Friars, especially those responsible for the formation of our young religious, to explore ways of collaborating with those in other circumscriptions and language zones.
The nuns, OCDS and affiliate institutes are to be seen as important members of the Carmelite family. Hence, they are to be included in our efforts at effective collaboration. We are greatly pleased with the services rendered by the Institute of Spirituality and Religious Formation (ISRF) of Tangaza University College for and on behalf of the Order. We encourage all our members to take advantage of the resources that the Institute offers in the areas of Spirituality and Religious/Psychological formation.
We remain very grateful to Fr Remigius Ikpe, the outgoing Director of the Institute for his selfless service, and we wish Fr Patrick Ekpada the best as he prepares to assume the responsibility of directorship of the Institute by May 2020.
- Guided by the General Definitor for Africa, Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Ehigie, we reflected on Fr. General’s letter to Provinces preparing for Chapters and the document from the Definitory on the Charismatic Declaration of the Order, and applied the issues raised therein to our own circumscriptions in Africa: to rediscover, embrace and promote communion at all levels especially with the central government of the Order; to adopt the style and structure of governance in tune with the spirit of the gospel and our Teresian Carmelite traditions; and to eschew those attitudes and activities that militate against our Carmelite identity.
We thank our mother-provinces for their continued support; and we appreciate our Friars in the Kenya region for their wonderful gesture of fraternal hospitality. We entrust you all to the maternal care of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the intercession of our Holy Father, St Joseph.