On the website of the Vincentian Family was published an interview with Brother Lawrence Obiko CMM, superior general. In the interview, Brother Lawrence tells about the mission to which we are called as congregation, and he explains the connection of his congregation with St. Vincent de Paul.
Speaking about the CMM mission, Br. Lawrence refers to the congregation’s founder Joannes Zwijsen, who was well aware of the concrete situation of the people of his day and age, especially of the poor and ignorant. Joannes Zwijsen had a clear model in mind for his Brothers of Our Lady of Mercy, as he called them. He wanted them to become a Vincentian community strongly engaged in the church and the community.
Challenges of charity
The interviewer also asked about the challenges of charity and how we responded as a religious congregation to the pandemic. According to Br. Lawrence, the Covid-19 pandemic is a huge challenge of charity today. “Usually, when a disaster takes place in a specific area, people in other areas can help. But now we have limited people and resources to help because the whole world is affected.” The brothers were encouraged by the general board to investigate what is needed in their own area and to respond to that need on a local level, with whatever means they could find.
When asked about his journey as Superior General of the Congregation, Br. Lawrence mentions several significant moments, marked by both joys and challenges.
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