Community News – April 2018

Spring has arrived and there are already many people on Cours Mirabeau. Here are some updates from our community, to invite you to rejoice with us in all the wonders that the Lord accomplishes.

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Our community retreat at the Xavières Sisters retreat centre at La Pourraque was a happy time of conversion. At the beginning of December, we welcomed Father Mario BRANDI who knew the house for having stayed here almost a year, two years ago. He had been recalled to Cameroon for a year and, on his return, Father General sent him to our community. So, we are six, seven with Patrick, a scholastic on regency, who will leave us at the end of August.

Father Bonga took a month’s vacation home in South Africa and in January-February it was Fr. Asodo’s turn to see his country again; where he combined business with pleasure by taking some time for personal formation… Jo Bois went to join him in Indonesia for three weeks, a vacation offered as a gift by a faithful from that country, on the occasion of his 50th ordinaton anniversary. A very nice present for Jo!

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The community also had a nice weekend in Palermo, invited by lay people from there, many of whom had previously made a trip to Aix. We were able to get to know this city where our Founder stayed for two years during his exile.

During Lent, as every year, groups of Christians gathered to meditate and pray the Sunday Gospels. For the end of Holy Week, we proposed a retreat in silence. A dozen people participated. And on Easter day, at noon, we were able to share the joy of the Resurrection together.

Joseph BOIS, OMI