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Conference of Superiors of the African Continent

26/07/2019: Kenya

The Conference of Superiors of the African Continent (CSAC) had its second meeting of the year at the MIC Scholasticate in Nairobi, Kenya, from 8th to 12th July, 2019. This meeting brought together the five African Administrative Unit’s (AU) leaders, the Superior of the MIC community and the General Councilors who are the link of the General Administration to the African Region, namely Brothers Óscar Martín and Ken McDonald.

During the meeting, the CSAC had an opportunity to exchange views with members of two commissions created by the CSAC, namely the Finance commission and the African Mission Commission.

The Finance Commission reported to the CSAC on financial issues of the two Institutions: the MIC community and the Marist International University College (MIUC). This commission helps the CSAC to take decisions on important financial matters. Their work includes also proposal of the 2019-2020 budgets for approval by the Administrative Units Leaders.

The African Mission Commission is a technical team mandated by the CSAC to reflect, to support and to implement initiatives regarding Marist life and Mission in Africa. Its members reported to the CSAC the commission’s initiatives regarding Mission, namely: Children’s rights and safeguarding, Marist Youth Ministry (MYM), Leadership Formation, Vocation Ministry and Formation and Communication. The AMC submitted their work to the CSAC and requested the approval of the initiatives related to each topic. The African AU leaders encouraged the AMC initiatives and gave them full support.

During this second yearly meeting, the CSAC had also the opportunity to continue the reflection on how to offer the best formation to our African Brothers in formation, assuring that Marist values are present and lived. The link councilors also helped the AU leaders reflect and share on the suggested model of animation and accompaniment that the General Administration is offering to the region: links to the General Council, Secretariats, meetings, ways and means of communication, etc. In a way to journey together as a global family, giving way to the CSAC priorities selected in its previous meeting.

In the near future, it is contemplated that this animation and time of discernment will require the participation of the African AU leaders, together with their respective councils, in a planned meeting for next year. These meetings involving the respective council members will be conducted after few years.

Bringing together Brothers from the different African AU’s brought an opportunity to exchange views on how the formation continues at our common Scholasticate, through gatherings with the formation team as well as with all the brothers in formation. It is always encouraging to be meeting a quite young and large community of Brothers!

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