Pope Francis to travel to Africa in November

From the Vatican Press Office:

Accepting the invitation issued by the respective Heads of State and the Bishops, His Holiness Francis will make an Apostolic Trip to Kenya from 25 to 27 November 2015, Uganda from 27 to 29 November, and the Central African Republic from 29 to 30 November. The programme of the trip will be published in due course.

Dominicans in Africa and the Challenge of Prophetic Witness

The Year of Consecrated Life challenges consecrated persons to be prophetic witnesses in the Church and in the world. Our recent visit to the Vicariate General of Southern Africa and the Provincial Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi (January 27 to February 8, 2015), allowed us to see how our Dominican brothers meet this challenge in this Year of Consecrated Life.

As happens every year, the brothers of the Vicariate General of Southern Africa held their annual Assembly at La Verna Retreat Centre in Vandelbiljpark, south of Johannesburg, from 27 to 30 January 2015. The brothers reflected on the Year of Consecrated Life. Among the speakers was fr. Albert Nolan, one of the elders and prominent theologian who has worked a lot on contextual theology. He addressed the assembly on the Theology of Consecrated Life. “To be prophetic witnesses”, this is the meaning of the theology of the consecrated life, said fr. Nolan, emphasizing the significance and role of the prophet: a man chosen by God and not appointed; who is moved by the Spirit, speaks in the name of God, foresees the future and proclaims a message of hope from God. Our religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience must “speak to the world”, insisted fr. Nolan. Renunciation, sharing, unconditional and universal love should lead us to solidarity and sharing with the poor.

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OP News: New Vicar Provinical

Gathered in Yaounde, Cameroon, from Sunday 7 September 2014 for their General Assembly, the friars of the Provincial Vicariate of Equatorial Africa have elected brother Jean-Paul KAMAHEU,OP as their new Vicar Provincial for a four year term.

The election took place on Tuesday 9 September 2014, and was immediately confirmed by brother Michel Lachenaud, Prior Provincial of France (the mother Province) who is taking part in the Assembly. Brother Jean-Paul has accepted his election. He succeeds brother Claver BOUNDJA (Congo-Brazzaville), who has completed six years as Vicar Provincial (a half term of two years from his predecessor, brother Maurice Billet, and full term of four years).

Brother Jean-Paul Kamaheu (Cameroon) is currently the Superior of Saint Dominic House, Yaounde, the formation house of the Vicariate. He is also the Director of the Institute of Theology and Pastoral for Religious (ITPR) of Yaounde.

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