Raymond MWANGALA, OMI

The members of the Central Government have concluded their Plenary Session, which was held in Rome from April 8 to May 10, 2024.

The three plenary sessions which the Central Government holds at the General House in Rome every year are like the hub of a bicycle wheel. They bring together what is happening in the various Units of the Congregation and keep the mission on the move.

We began our second session of 2024 shortly after returning from visiting the units of the Africa-Madagascar Region and the joint session held in Dakar, Senegal. As usual, the first part of the session was spent sharing personal reports of visits and activities between the two sessions.

During this session, among other things, we concluded the discernment for the appointment of three provincial councils (Anglo-Irish, Indonesia, and Mediterranean). Romeo Saniel (Philippines) and Thierry Simo (Cameroon) were appointed to the General Mission Committee, James Chambers (USA) to the General Finance Committee and, Angelo Roberto Tuban Diana, to the General Committee of Oblate Brothers.

April 25-26, we had a two-day workshop on interculturality. Three days were dedicated to the Chapter mandate on restructuring. In the middle of the session, we had a day of recollection at the General House of the Holy Family Sisters of Bordeaux and on our last Saturday together we went on a short pilgrimage to the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria di Farfa.

On May 1, we joined the International Roman Scholasticate (IRS) community for the celebration of the perpetual vows of 7 scholastics. It was a joy to meet the families and friends who came to witness the occasion.

Now that we have come to the end of this session, we will be going once again to visit the different Units of the Congregation and beyond, always on mission, always united with each other and with the Congregation, until September, when we gather again to continue the process. Like a bicycle wheel, we continue the movement from the edges to the center and back again!

Raymond MWANGALA, OMI
First Assistant General