2023-01-16 GHANA

Final Profession in West Africa

The Province of West Africa, last December, had the grace to have two Brothers consagrated definitely as Marist Bothers: Br. Yenwong Cylas, in Cameroon, and Br. Mantobaye Kimingar François, in Tchad.

Final Profession of Br. François

On the 11th of December 2022 the Final Profession of Brother Mantobaye Kimingar François was held at the Saint François Xavier Parish of Koumra, in Tchad. This Mass was celebrated by the Vicar General of the Diocese of Sarh. Also present to witness the ceremony was the Provincial Superior, Brother Cyprian Gandeebo, the members of the Marist Community of Koumra, some Priests, some Religious Sisters and hundreds of Lay people. It was the first of its kind for a ceremony of such magnitude to be held in that Parish since its foundation.

Final Profession of Brother Cylas

In Camerron, the profession of Br Yenwong Cylas took place on 20th December 2022, when Hundreds of people gathered in St Albert’s Comprehensive College chapel. The Holy Mass was presided over by the Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Bamenda, Cornelius Esua with the presence of Br. Cyprian Gandeebo, Provincial. The occasion was graced with the presence of traditional Rulers, consecrated persons, students, well-wishers and the family and friends of the Br Cylas.

The Prelate in his homily highlighted the importance and the value there is in consecrating oneself to the Lord through the Evangelical Counsels in this modern era of consumerism and self-seeking pleasure. He also, encouraged the Brothers to fully live their calling as Brothers and be prophets of their time. By this, he reminded the Brothers that their vocation is more in the being than in the doing. He tinted the importance of the religious Brother in the church and in the world and was saddened by their timid number in the world. He urged the congregation to support Br Cylas with prayers and their generosity.

The Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council of Bawum, in a speech in praised the Brothers for their hard work in the vicinity among children and the youths, especially in education. Br Cyprian Gandeebo, fms, the Provincial of the Marist Province of West Africa, concluded the speeches with a vote of thanks.

The day drew its curtain with an agape meal for all which was accompanied with presentations and traditional dances.

In the same celebration was celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Religious Vows of Br Kevin Ngoran.


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