Claretian Postulate, Ibefun – Friday, May 17, 2019. As pointed out earlier on this theme, Claretian Assemblies are highly opportune moments of coming together of the Missionaries in a fraternal spirit to dialogue on our Claretian lifestyle, to evaluate , review and set the road-map for better future. It is in the light of this that members of the West Nigeria Delegation gathered at the Claretian Postulancy House, Ibefun, Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State since Monday, May 13, 2019.
The theme for this year’s Assembly was carefully chosen to reflect the XXV General Chapter Document, “Charismatic Witnessing to our Fraternal Life in Community”. The President of the Assembly, Very Rev. Fr Simeon Nwobi, Provincial Superior of East Nigeria, representing the Rev. Father General Matthew Vattamatam, formally declared the Assembly open.
Then, elections of the basic facilitators for the Assembly took place: moderators, secretaries, timekeepers and redactors.
Tuesday, May 14, the Assembly was blessed with the presence of the Bishop of Ijebu-Ode Diocese, Most Rev. Francis Adesina, our host Bishop, who was recently ordained and installed for the diocese. The young Local Ordinary led at the Mass of the day and bequeathed his episcopal blessings upon the Assembly members.
The sessions started with the Delegation Government giving her major reports detailed across the various prefectures. In addition, readings of Fr. General’s Letter to the Assembly and to the Delegation, message from the General Secretary and other goodwill messages were taken. All these, in earnest, kick-started the Assembly business: deliberations for Specific Plan of Action in form of general resolutions.
May 15, the third day, the Assembly was honoured to have as visitor the Bishop Emeritus of Ijebu-Ode, Most Rev. Albert Fasina. He was the one that welcomed the Claretians to Ijebu-Ode diocese where our Postulancy House situates. Thus, it was with enormous nostalgia when he took time sharing with the Assembly members the beautiful ‘hi-story’ of the Claretian Missionary activities in Ijebu-Ode Diocese since 1994 when the pioneer missionaries late Frs Stephen Mbatuegwu and Peter Asuquo Ibanga berthed on Ijebu soil.
Being moment for fraternal regeneration and partaking, the brothers celebrated with joy the birthdays of Frs. Moses Musa and Louis Ajinge that fell on May 14 and 15 respectively. Other light and refreshing times abound within this great period that witnessed the presence of more than 34 Delegation members from within Nigeria and the foreign missions.
Besides, the members took time after the Mass on Thursday, May 16, to pay special visit to the burial site of Fr Paul Mario Ekechukwu offering some traditional Catholic prayers for the repose of his soul.
We thank God for this opportunity to share our missionary life and project for the future of our Delegation.