The Dominican Lay Fraternities, Province of St. Joseph the Worker Nigeria and Ghana held a meeting convoked by the Provincial Promoter of the Dominican Family, Friar Joseph Osahon Osunde, OP, at St. Gregory Parish and Marian Pilgrimage Center of Benin Archdiocese, Ekiadolor, from 25th January – 27th January 2019. With a larger heart filled with joy, the hosts Friars Sylvanus Anyadiegwu, OP, Gerald Isiguzo, OP, and the worshiping community welcomed the fraternities.
Using the SWOT analysis (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat) as a guide each fraternities presented her report at the meeting. These reports gave the delegates the true realities and the current state of affairs of each fraternities and as a Province. The meeting aimed at discussing matters that will bring about a tremendous growth of the fraternities within and outside the Province. Fraternities present at the meeting were, St Rose of Lima Lay Dominican Fraternity, Yaba, St Vincent Ferrer Lay Dominican Fraternity, Ibadan, and the Pro- Fraternities present are; St Raymond of Penyafort, Mafoluku, and Blessed Jordan of Saxony, Oyigbo.
The meeting came to a close as 13 members including 2 catchiest of the worshipping community joined the family. A great achievement indeed. The rite of inauguration was officiated by Rev. Moses Arung, OP, within the Eucharistic celebration. In his homily, Rev Moses Arung, OP, said, the mission to preach the gospel is for very person. He urged the members who have the burning desire to join the Dominican Laity to be dispose as they will be trained to become preachers in their own capacity. Prof. Mrs Adenike Emeke, OP, moderator, Ibadan Chapter, enlightened them on the rigour it takes to be formed a Dominican proper to their state of life, Mr Gaston Santos, OP, acting president of Lay Dominicans of the Province, welcomed the new members, while Fr. Joseph Osunde, OP, commissioned Fr. Gerald Isiguzo, OP, to be the first Religious Assistant of Benin Lay Dominican Fraternity. After a common meal at 10:30am, the joyful friar, Sylvanus Anyadiegwu, OP, blessed members as they drove to their destination.
In God’s plan there is a purpose for the Order’s existence. The Dominican Laity, as true members of the Dominican family, share in that purpose. Present and future members of the Dominican Laity are urged to reflect upon the true ideal of the Order.
Written by: Friar Raphael Ameh, OP.
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