2007-06-27 GHANA

First vows

Saturday, June 16th was the chosen day for the first professions at the regional novitiate of Sabin Akrofrom, Ghana. Fourteen novices took their first vows, 7 from the Marist Province of Nigeria and 7 from the Marist District of West Africa: 3 Cameroonians, 2 Chadians, 1 Ghanaian and 1 Liberian. The whole ceremony was full of African flavour, surrounded by the trees and flowers of the compound, natural protection from the hot weather of this area.

The ceremony lasted more than three hours and was presided over by Mons Gabriel Anochie, auxiliary bishop of Kumasi, with the presence of many priests and religious men and women from Kumasi and from the neighbouring diocese of Obuasi, to which the Novitiate belongs. Many people came as well from the next door villages of Sabin-Akrofrom, headed by their traditional chief, and of Trede, whose Parish choir enhanced the ritual with songs and dances.

Brothers Christian Mbam, from Nigeria, and Sylvain Yao, from the District, received the vows. At the end of the ceremony the newly professed Brothers consecrated themselves to our Blessed Mothers and performed a thanksgiving song in Twi, the local language, with the rhythm of an African dance, expressing their inner joy. Later on, in the same atmosphere of African welcoming, food and drinks were shared by all the participants.

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