2009-12-24 GENERAL HOUSE

Brother Valentin sDjawu succeeds Brother Eugène Kabanguka

On 4 December 2009, at the ordinary meeting of the General Council, Brother Valentin Djawu Lungumbu Wambo was appointed Provincial of East Central Africa, replacing Brother Eugène Kabanguka, elected Councillor General by the 21st General Chapter.

Valentin was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After studies in Nairobi at MIC (1987), he exercised his apostolate at Bobandana (1992), where he took on the role of community Superior. In 1999 he was appointed to Kinsangani, and in 2000 to Rome to complete his studies. Before being appointed Provincial, he was in charge of the Postulancy at Muanza. Under the previous General Government, Brother Valentin was a member of the Mission Team of Africa.

Brother Valentin begins his mandate after the holding of the 21st General Chapter and the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops. Both events offer an excellent opportunity for discernment about what is expected from the Marist Brothers of this Province in the context of the Church in Africa.

Brother Emili Turú, Superior General, in his letter presenting the new Provincial to the Brothers of the Province of Central East Africa writes: ?If the 21st General Chapter has been characterized by anything in particular, it has been, apart from the content of the topics treated, the new methodology, which has been called fraternal dialogue. Personally, I believe that it is something more than a simple change of concept: I believe that it is a more significant symbol of what the Lord is asking of the Institute over the next years. It is a matter of a profound commitment to seeing that the fraternal dialogue, which commenced around the tables in the chapter hall, continues in each province and in each community of the Institute?.

Brother Valentin will assume his responsibilities during the Provincial Chapter.


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