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width=250All Africa Assembly takes place this October

2015 marks a special year for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Africa. From 6-10 October, the International Territorial Presidents, Coordinators, National Presidents and members of the Society will meet at the Good Shepherd Retreat Centre, Hartebeespoort for an All Africa Assembly. The last meeting of this kind was held 20 years ago.

John H Lee, Vice-President, International Structure CGI says:

“The All Africa Assembly is a good opportunity for all members of Society of St. Vincent de Paul to meet, to share, to address issues and to ensure the mission as Vincentian to serve the poor better.

“We can share our experiences in working with the poor in different countries and we can improve relationships among ourselves too.

“As Blessed Frederic reminded us in a letter to Leonce Curnier in 1834, ’There must then be agreement among us to double our strength. There must be frequent communications which provide us with good examples and joy in the success of each one.’

“Do not be afraid to share your good work and problems with other countries to double our strength. Be creative to find ways to better serve the poor. Be inventive to find new work for the poor and to improve the communications by using modern technology.“

Joseph Makwinja, International Territorial Vice President Africa 2, says: “The Theme, Being a Principled Vincentian, calls on all members of the Society to reflect and review their call to serve their fellow men. It will be a time for introspection on how effective and efficient we have been in assisting those whom we have been called to serve, and to rededicate ourselves to this calling.

“We need to look at ways in which the relationship with our International office and other avenues of the Society can be enhanced. Effective communication is key and we will be looking at what steps we need to take in order to improve.

“Funds from donor countries and our twinning partners have had a significant impact on our ability to assist the needy in our various communities. It is important that funds are used efficiently in projects and service provisions aimed at bettering the lives of the poor. In this regard let us support the documentary requirements of our partners and donors to report back on utilisation of funds.

“The All Africa Assembly gives us an opportunity to build up camaraderie amongst Vincentians from all over the continent and with our visitors from overseas. Let us take this opportunity to interact, discuss and exchange our various experiences so as to build a strong Society in Africa.“

Click here for the full programme.

Click here to read the Opening Address by Rev. Mike Nolan, Spiritual Adviser, SSVP South Africa.

[ Posted 8 December 2015 ]

 

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