Our morning opened with the welcome surprise of a Eucharistic Liturgy presided over by the Bishop of Homa Bay, Philip Anyolo, Vice President of the Kenyan Episcopal Conference. In his homily, His Grace voiced the affection and esteem of the African bishops for the Daughters of St. Paul, especially their communion and collaboration with the Church in the work of evangelizing with the media. Bishop Anyolo also told us how much he loves St. Paul, saying that the Apostle inspires his ministry as a pastor and shows him how to carry it out with a “missionary heart.” He concluded by echoing the theme of our upcoming General Chapter, telling us that we must first profoundly believe the Good News ourselves before we can proclaim it to others.
In this climate of renewed awareness of our responsibility as prophets, we enthusiastically launched into the work of drawing up our Continental Apostolic Project, refining the areas of action we pinpointed yesterday, namely: to set up an apostolic team on the continental level and to implement commonly-shared activities with regard to multimedia production, diffusion and apostolic-professional formation. These areas would form the basis of our planning, which details the stages, timeframes, persons responsible, financial estimates and evaluations pertaining to our various undertakings. Once completed, this project would be submitted to the General Government for approval.
We continued to enjoy a great consensus of thought among ourselves and so our work proceeded quickly. As a result, Sr. M. Antonieta was able to once again give everyone the chance to continue to express their reflections, desires and dreams about the Pauline mission in Africa-Madagascar. And at the end of the day, our Continental Apostolic Project–an expression of the powerful spirit of communion and collaboration that reigned among us–was formally approved.
In the coming days, the Superior General and Delegation Superiors will set up the new Continental Apostolic Team.
Tomorrow we will be holding various meetings for our circumscription superiors and bursars and in the afternoon we will conclude our encounter.