Mosocho, januari 2019 – Inside the Christmas octave every year, the Brothers CMM-Kenya hold a get-together event commonly known as Provincial Day. A moment devoted to starting afresh with the child Jesus, in preparation to welcome the New Year. The provincial day 2018 took place in Mosocho community between December 28th and 30th. Several fellow brothers among whom was Brother Wim Verschuren from the Netherlands (former superior general) attended the event.
Lighting the Candle
To symbolize Christ, true light of the world, a candle was lit. The Provincial Superior Brother Leo van de Weijer conveyed a welcoming annotation and an opening remark to the brothers, that meant the official opening of the event. “Rejoice and be glad in the spirit” was his key note.
Commemoration of the departed souls
Our tradition to commemorate and pray for departed souls, impelled Brother Augustine Monari to highlight a number of family members of the brothers who died this year. Special attention was dedicated to the late Brother Sjaak Maas having served in Kenya for more than 50 years.
The beautiful orchard
Brothers who participated in the communication course in Indonesia similarly used the opportunity to show-case the knowledge and skills acquired during the course. Brothers Cyprian Mbashu and Paul Orobi presented various articles on the most suitable criteria to practice in writing a good material, meant for the website or magazine as well as video editing.
Their demonstrations in my opinion indicates the richness of our life as brothers, if only we put our minds, talents and skills together. The result would be like a beautiful orchard containing all sorts of plants that are capable of producing sufficient quantities of fruits, to feed the entire society.
Evaluation of the year
Quite a number of achievements by the provincial board were noted. Prominence was based on the silver jubilee of the province of Kenya, forthcoming 175th anniversary of our congregation, pastoral visits and formation.
The Big Four agenda
On this provincial day the brothers also discussed about the ‘Big Four’, a program of four themes that is currently the basic program for our congregation. The themes are: Jesus the merciful one our brother, living in God’s presence, sharing with our fellow brothers and serving the people according to the intentions of our founder bishop Zwijsen. They are considered as the fundamental pillars of this jubilee year.
Accordingly, Brother Wim used the occasion to launch his book entitled ‘Loving Mercy’ which relevance to the contemporary society was highly appreciated by many brothers, owing the fact that mercy is a crucial aspect of our CMM spirituality.
Coming back to the Altar
Henceforth, brothers blissfully concluded the event with the celebration of the Eucharist. All participants were encouraged to uphold brotherly love with one another. “Accept what you cannot change, and change what you can change” were some of the thought-provoking phrases put across. Happy New Year!!!!
Brother Elijah Agilo CMM (Kenya)