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Final vows preparations

11/04/2013: Rwanda

The Rebero Workshop was conducted by Br. Albert Nzabonaliba and Br. Remy Mbolipasiko, from 25th to 28th March 2013. Ten Brothers preparing for final vows participated in this workshop: Evans Odhiambo, François Mayira, Valens Mushinzimana, Jérôme N’sanda, Gaston Nzasabimfura, Thomas Omari, Bernard Oguta, Augustin Appolinaire Ndombari, Ernest Akimana and Robert Benimana Kahigiro.

Although it was during a heavy rain season in Rwanda, Brothers came from different parts of PACE to reflect and pray over the theme: “Identity of Religious Brothers.” So as to consolidate our Religious Vocation as Brothers, Marist Documents - particularly our Constitutions, Circulars, Water from the Rock, Acts of the 21st General Chapters and other spiritual writings were effectively used. The overall dynamic of the Workshop was very much interactive with group sharing. Brothers appreciated not only its psycho-spiritual approach but also its experiential approach. What seemed to be “private matters” surfaced to the benefit and encouragement of one another.

Some participants expressed their understanding of the outcome of the Workshop with the following ideas: I know for sure that to be a Brother is to BE a living presence of God (Christ) in our society; My priority is henceforth to be good, happy, prayerful and in communion with others in community; I was reminded that I should always be happy and proud of who I am as a Brother; I understand that a Marist Brother is a consecrated man with a VISION, MISSION and who upholds Marist VALUESand I do agree that our religious commitments are nothing without “CLARITY OF PURPOSE.”

We thank God for this new learning and, in a special way, for this new spirit taking place within our Young Brothers. We pray for your coming final commitment in the Institute and may it be deeply rooted in Jesus Christ and in his Gospel as it was for Mary and Marcellin Champagnat. Always remember that your vocation is a God given gift to you and to the Church. Let it be as one of you wrote in his evaluation: “I came to capture the essential of my vocation: “only to seek God, to know God and to relate with Him, to discern his will and to do it in a particular and defined context.”

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Br. Albert Nzabonaliba

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