D'abord, the formation program of the Missionaries of Africa demands a community project be done each year. This academic year, it was held from 12th to 14th August, 2019.
The community project was defined by the members as the guiding tool made by all the community members with the aim of a harmonious community living. Fr. Oswald, the rector, conducted the sessions for this new community project. In his approach, Fr. Oswald employed the 'W4H', i.e. Why? When? What? Who? and How?
These were really reflective questions across all the 5 pillars of formation; Spiritually, Intellectually, Apostolic, Community life and Materially. According to Fr. Oswald, material life as a pillar of formation is an accompaniment of the other four pillars. if we are to achieve their objectives, we then really need the material to attain the set objectives in these pillars.
The project was successful with excellent attendance of all the community members: formators and students. Free interaction was tolerated with Fr. Oswald making the necessary responses.
The prognosis of our session was development of an annual theme, mission statement and a draft of the general formation pillars. After all the necessary deliberations, the theme was: "Lord, Guide Us To Do Your Will."; and the mission statement: "". Each pillar had objectives and possible suggestions for a better community living at Lavigerie Formation House.
The house menu and timetable were agreed upon unanimously as a community. We all pledged to have a total respect to this project developed.
Lastly, I wish to appreciate the Rector and the entire team of formators. I also wish to extend my gratitude to the Society of the Missionaries of Africa for engaging the candidates/students in the planning and organization of the activities together. This involvement and participation makes a student feel concerned and respected, thus, accepting the programs in the community with total obedience.
Blessings and peace.
2nd year 2019/2020