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FORMATION CENTRES


POSTULANCY


Our Postulancy is situated in Ongata Rongai, approximately 30 kilometres from Nairobi city centre. 
This relatively small town reproduces in smaller scale all the contradictions of Nairobi: the very poor people co-existing with the extremely rich ones, different religions and Christian denominations rubbing each others' shoulders, in a melting pot of diverse ethnic groups coming from different parts of the Country and of Africa. The Postulancy was built in 1983 within the precincts of our Comboni Parish.

In the academic year 2006-2009 there are 18 postulants: 8 in the first year, 6 in the second and 4 the third year.

Formators 
The formators have usually 'official' and planned meetings: monthly, to discuss possible problems arising from day-to-day life in the Postulancy; every three months, to revise and adjust programmes of catechesis, discuss problems arising from the community of the Postulancy and assess each postulant; at the beginning of the academic year, to program catechesis, inputs, seminars, formative colloquies; at the end of the academic year, to finally assess each postulant, especially those leaving for the noviciate, and evaluate the previous year.

Objective
The three-year Postulancy period has the objective, as it were, to discern the candidate's desire to become Comboni missionary and to help him reach a free and responsible choice. This implies that the postulant is helped to build a realistic self-knowledge and self-acceptance, and is given the opportunity to be in closer contact with the life, values and ideals of Comboni and the Comboni missionaries'

Pastoral Commitments 
All the postulants have different activities in the parish, in whose precinct the Postulancy is built. The fact that the parish is run by Comboni Missionaries, helps the postulants, on one side, to be in closer contact with the Comboni missionaries' life and work and, on the other, it facilitates the postulants' insertion in the activities of the parish. The activities are usually carried out on Sunday. Beside teaching catechism and Sunday school classes, joining the Y.C.S. in the nearby Secondary School and the youth group in the parish-each postulant is attending the meeting in one of the Small Christian Communities: this helps the young man not to lose sight of the life and the daily struggle of the people and to actually test his ideals and values vis a vis the challenges and the questions of adult people. 
Between the holidays of the second and the third year, the student is spending two months in one of the missions. It is a time for him to experience and share the life and the activities of the Comboni missionaries in order to better clarify his vocation and, important to underline, to have a deeper knowledge of their Province of origin (many of our candidates do not come from a Comboni parish: out of 18 Kenyan postulants, only 2 come from our missions).

Community Life 
The style of interaction of the postulant with the various members of the community, the way in which he is able to elaborate conflicts and frustrations, his availability and constancy in manual work and commitments, his energy to pursue an objective of personal and community value without losing courage -are all elements for a more realistic assessment of the candidate. For this reason a community of 18 postulants seems to be more conducive for a healthier and deeper contact among the various members and, for the formator, it gives the possibility to 'see' the postulant in his daily life.


Comboni Brothers Centre


The Comboni Missionary brother is a layman with a profession, and he is consecrated to God for the service of his brothers, evangelising people with his practical work. He follows:
A life characterised bay action and prayer

  • He serves the people, sharing with them sweat and work
  • With his human and professional service he contributes to restoration of life and overcoming of the power of death manifested in human sufferings
  • He makes present the kingdom of God healing with his efforts the wounds caused by injustice sickness, poverty and underdevelopment. Therefore he works for human promotion

The type of works done by the Comboni Brothers varies according to their capabilities and the need of the missions. Some are Builders, carpenters, mechanics, painters administrators, others are doctors, nurses, teachers and catechists. Generosity, availability, humility, adaptability, prayer and imagination continue to be the main features of the Comboni Missionary brothers.

Identity of the Comboni Brother Centre Nairobi
“ Our Comboni identity consist right from the beginning in taking up God’s initiatives as Comboni did . In letting ourselves be consecrated by the Father with the gift of the spirit and in awareness of being sent by him for the service of the Gospel. We find in the pierced Heart of Christ the Good shepherd the model, the source and the power to give our lives to the poorest of the poor”( Chapter Acts 2003 n. 53)

Basic Characteristics 
The community of the Comboni Brothers’ Centre gathers Comboni Missionaries at the last stage of their basic formation. It has several important characteristics

Social Ministry 
The last stage of our basic formation focuses on ministerial education opening to the first missionary experience.

Human & Spiritual Growth 
We commit ourselves to attaining a deeper sense of identity and belonging the Comboni family. We also aim at developing our personal growth projects an incarnated spirituality and capacity for collaborating in mission.

Brothers and Scholastics spend a period of one year to learn English to obtain the required Certificate for studying at Tangaza College. Upon completion of the language studies, the Scholastics join the Nairobi Scholasticate and Theology where the Brothers attend the course of Social Ministry in Mission.

The Brothers beside the scientific education received in Tangaza we are dedicated to our weekly apostolate. This practice is an essential part of our ministerial training, focusing on faith and human growth in all spheres.

 


INTERNATIONAL SCHOLASTICATE


Introduction

 Every year our community is called to renew itself and to recreate the fraternal space where each member finds the home the Lord has prepared for us in the Comboni Family. This year we are nineteen  scholastics and two formators. We have gathered on 13th and 14th August to prepare our community Project.

“Priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus”, the saintly Curé of Ars would often say. This touching expression makes us reflect, first of all, with heartfelt gratitude on the immense gift which priests represent, not only for the Church, but also for humanity itself. I think of all those priests who quietly present Christ’s words and actions each day to the faithful and to the whole world, striving to be one with the Lord in their thoughts and their will, their sentiments and their style of life. How can I not pay tribute to their apostolic labours, their tireless and hidden service, their universal charity? And how can I not praise the courageous fidelity of so many priests who, even amid difficulties and incomprehension, remain faithful to their vocation as “friends of Christ”, whom he has called by name, chosen and sent?                (Benedict XVI, Letter Proclaiming the Year for Priests)
Welcoming this invitation to enter into a process of personal and community conversion, we open ourselves to the action of the Spirit to allow Him to guide us. During these days of prayer, sharing, dialogue and discussion we have endeavoured to focus once more on the purpose of our community of formation and to take into account the gifts with which the Lord has enriched all and each one of us.

Our Priority for This Year

As we reflect on this year in front of us, we want to make Priesthood our priority for our formative journey. Therefore we commit ourselves:

  • To improve the quality of our spiritual life, so that personal prayer be more and more source of strength for our personal journeys of faith and ministry. The Eucharist represents in a special way the centre of priestly life; therefore we commit ourselves to celebrate it with creativity and due preparation.
  • To deepen our knowledge of ministerial priesthood. Besides the example of st. John Mary Vianney and st. Daniel Comboni, we want to be attentive to meaningful figures of missionary priesthood in the history of the Church and of our Institute.
  • To enrich our awareness of the link between ministerial priesthood and the evangelical counsels. We want to give special attention to priestly celibacy, and we think that some scientific inputs might be of help for this purpose.
  • To value the gift of priesthood as it is introduced by the ministries of reader and acolyte, this by preparing and celebrating these intermediary steps with due care. Knowing that our apostolate too is a school of priestly ministry, we commit ourselves to carry it out with passion and attention.

Community Life

By his consecration the missionary enters a community of brothers called to share the difficulties and joys of missionary service. In this way, he lives his witness to Christ, not as an individual, but in a life of fellowship with his brothers.                                        (RL 23)

Members of Our Community

 

First Year - Introduction
Moises Rellon Albarina (A)
Stephen Mabvuto Nzovu (MZ)

Second Year - Readers
Billo Junior Bertrand Chrisostome (CA)
Cirino Ofetek Kitonyo Francis (KH)
Felix White (MZ)
Gicheru Leonard Mbuthia (K)
Ketema Dagne Tadesse (ET)
Lemoungo Géraud-Léger (CA)
Rabson Kandunda (MZ)

Third Year - Acolytes
Anicet Labite Komi (TGB)
Huver Ernesto Navarro Vigo (PE)
Igor Dohu Memonso (TGB)
Job Plinga Menguo-Mana (TGB)
José Benjamín Rodríguez Rodríguez (M)
Kifle Kintamo Kirba (ET)
Yacob Solomon Shole (ET)

Finalists
Diego Dalle Carbonare (I)
Jacques Amlon Ketekle Attiogbe Koffivi (TGB)
John Bosco Mubangizi (U)

Formators
Fr. Raphael Wokorach P’Mony (K)
Fr. Giuseppe Giannini (K)

Internationality & Cross-Cultural Community

Composed of members from different countries and cultures, the Institute is an expression of brotherly friendship and solidarity, and a sign of catholicity of the Church… It does not suppress diversities, but make them factors of unity.             (RL 18)
Intercultural understanding is lived in the awareness that each one of us is a gift of God to the Community - a gift that we receive with gratitude and openness. This demands that we be sensitive to the feelings and values of others. This will foster a ‘universal’ outlook as well as an attitude of unconditional acceptance of others. In this way it is not only a question ‘of staying together’, but of living a Christian dimension of love, dialogue and mutual trust, respect and acceptance, fraternal promotion and support in prayer (cf. Eph 6:23-24). It implies to be open to all confreres, without limiting our relationships to small groupings based on nationality, places of origin or languages.

Common Language
The study of English is a priority for the whole community, therefore we seriously commit ourselves to learn it well, to speak it always and to correct each other kindly.
Aware that some Kiswahili greatly facilitates our insertion, particularly in the context of our pastoral commitments, this year we want to give more of our time and resources to it.

National Feasts
We want to give national celebrations due importance, as each of our countries represents a richness to be shared. We celebrate these feast days according to the creativity of the members of each particular country, who may invite co-national friends to share with us within the normal rhythm of the community.
We will organize these feasts informing the community beforehand and celebrate them as indicated in our calendar (see last pages). These feasts represent an opportunity to pray in a particular way for the country and Province of origin of each member of the community.

Community Day

Friday is the day we set aside for our community gatherings and activities. The Community day will help us to build mutual trust by spending time together, favouring group activities as sports and games, formation encounters and sharing our faith experience. All of us will keep free of any personal commitment to take part in the different moments of the day.

  • Sports in the afternoon: we are all invited to take part in some sports, keeping in mind that they are community activity (non optional).
  • Adoration alternated with Group Bible-sharing. Every first Friday of the month we’ll have adoration;
  • Meals: enjoying the presence and conversation of each other without hurry.
  • Formation Programme: in the evening we will alternate the different activities regarding our formation (formation programme, recollections, …).
  • The Community Council takes place on the first Friday of every month. It is prepared by the Organizing Committee (formed by a representative of each committee, the moderator, one secretary and the formators). The Organizing Committee ensures that the agenda is properly arranged and that the facilitator is in the position of chairing the Community Council positively.

Committees & Year Groups

In our Community there are four Committees and four Year Groups. All of these groups may organize occasional activities and informal encounters by previous agreement of the members. Our year groups meet once a month according to their specific formation programme (cf. timetable). Our four committees offer us the possibility to meet regularly to pray, to know and to help each other in our formation process.

  • Hospitality Committee (Benjamin, Bosco, Leonard, Rabson, Stephen). It takes responsibility for welcoming the guests that come to our house and for organizing social evenings and celebrations within the community.
  • Liturgy Committee (Felix, Igor, Jacques, Job, Junior). It plans and animates the prayer life of the community according to the liturgical seasons and the formation programme of the year. It takes charge of the preparation of community recollection days (inviting the preacher as well as a confessor).
  • Mission Committee (Anicet, Diego, Ketema, Cirino, Moises).This committee animates the missionary life of the community. It keeps us informed about and involved in main missionary events. This year it will keep the community linked to the process of the General Chapter.
  • Networking and JPIC Committee (Huver, Kifle, Leger, Yakob). It is responsible for linking the community with outside, both locally (Langata area) and with our Provinces of origin. It animates on issues related to Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. It contacts and invites missionaries who are passing through Nairobi.

Community Services

Co-responsibility implies that each missionary is given the opportunity to participate effectively in the planning, carrying out and evaluation of the community’s work. Collaboration is the willingness on the part of the member to put his suggestion and resources at the disposal of the community.                            (RL 106.1)

Each member of the community has the possibility to collaborate in the different activities that are necessary for the well being and the normal running of the community. In the duties assigned to each one, we exercise our vocation to serve and our responsibility towards the whole community. Those who have special manual talents are urged to avail themselves for the good of the community.

Assistant Bursar                              Ketema
Barber                                             Huver, Leger
Bikes & Garage 1                              Cirino, Job
Broilers                                           Cirino, Rabson, Stephen
Choirmasters                                   Rabson, Diego
Computers                                       Bosco, Huver
Dogs                                                Diego, Igor
Drivers’ coordinator and Cars           Leonard
Guests                                             Bosco
House Cleaning & Laundry                Kifle
House Maintenance                          Felix
Infirmary                                        Yacob
Inner Compound                               Igor
Keys, Lights & Water Pump              Job
Kitchen Coordinators                       Leger, Benjamin
Kitchen Gardens                              Felix, Stephen
Library                                            Anicet, Yacob
Manual Work Coordinator                Huver
Representative to Tangaza               Huver
Sacristans                                       Jacques, Junior
Secretaries & Photo Album              Moises, Anicet
Shopping                                         Benjamin, Diego, Leonard, Kifle
Sports                                             Leger, Yacob
Cow                                                 Ketema

Link with Our Provinces

 We keep regular contact with the Province of Kenya, especially with the communities of the Nairobi zone, where we carry out our apostolate. We follow the life of the Province especially through the provincial bulletin, visits by confreres and our participation, when possible, in the different activities organized by the Province. Together with the Province of Kenya, we have a special link with the Provinces of Uganda, South Sudan and Khartoum, where we can have our mission service during our school holidays.

We take advantage of the Provincial Superiors’ visits to the Scholasticate to be informed about the present situation and work of the Comboni Missionaries in their Provinces. Their visits are highly appreciated as they help us to become aware of the challenges that Mission poses to us and to grow in our sense of belonging to the Institute. We also invite other confreres to share with us the reality of their work in mission.
With our Provinces of origin and the Institute at large we keep in touch, through their newsletters and magazines, which are made accessible to the whole community. The scholastics inform the community about the main events in their Provinces, making use of various moments and means (notice board, chapel, etc.).

Workers

 We respect our workers and the places assigned to them. We relate to them with respect and friendship. Some scholastics, particularly those in charge of laundry, kitchen and compound, are more directly responsible for the fostering of good relationships with them. We invite our workers for a celebration, together with their families. The Hospitality Committee will organize it.

 

Hospitality

 Hospitality is an important value of our Christian and missionary vocation. As a missionary community we want to be open and hospitable, by giving a personal welcome to our guests. The visitors who participate in our community activities (liturgy and meals) are welcomed by the host and introduced to the community. When visitors remain for meals, a notice is written on the kitchen board. We keep in mind that one’s guest is the community’s guest.

 

Apostolate & Service in Our Missions

 The Spirit of the Lord ferments and transforms peoples. He leads them to an encounter with the person of Christ and his message, and to entry into the new people of God. The missionary is called by the Father and sent by the Church. Confident of the Spirit’s action, he consecrates his whole existence to cooperate with this action and makes evangelization the reason of his being.                       (RL 56)

Our pastoral activity is an essential moment of preparation to missionary life. Rather than doing, our apostolate is about learning mission. We value the aspect of collaboration in team-work in our pastoral activities so as to learn to plan, implement and evaluate together. We recognize that mutual communication and sharing enhance the quality of our ministry.
We cherish the contact with the poor and the participation in the different activities of evangelization and human promotion under the guidance of the parish priest and his pastoral team. In addition to our apostolate in the parishes, we welcome youth from our places of apostolate for meetings and recollections. We will evaluate our pastoral activities at the end of each semester.

The following are our places and teams of Apostolate:

  • Kandisi/Olekasasi: John Bosco and Huver.
  • Kariobangi Parish (youth, home visitations, school ministry): Benjamin, Diego and Felix.
  • Kibera (youth, visiting the sick, catechesis): Anicet, Yacob and Stephen.
  • Kuwinda: Ketema.
  • Bangladesh (youth, SCC, home visitation): Cirino, Job and Leger.
  • Ngong (youth, SCC): Igor and Junior.
  • Korogocho (youth, altar servants, visiting the sick): Kifle and Leonard.
  • Tone la Maji (rehabilitation centre for street-children: catechesis, counseling and liturgy): Rabson, Moises and Jacques.

During school holidays mission service is organized in some of our communities in Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. Reaching other Provinces (Ethiopia, Khartum, Malawi-Zambia) is also possible.

Spiritual Life

 Each missionary makes the Word of God his basic prayer. Open to the spirit, he welcomes Christ as the Father’s living Word, he recognizes him in the scriptures and in the life of the Church, he seeks his presence in human event and encounters.                   (RL 47)

Spiritual life is our daily living "according to the Spirit" of Jesus Christ and the Comboni charism. Personal and liturgical/community prayers are source and expression of our spiritual life, and are meant to help us grow through a profound experience of God, as a "Cenacle of Apostles" at the service of the Gospel as Comboni did.
The liturgical committee will help animate the liturgical prayer of the community through concrete proposals and initiatives, especially in the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.

Eucharist

 The Eucharist must be the unifying element of the spiritual process of the community. In so far as we are men of God, the Eucharist is the source of our life, source and vertex of evangelization, privileged moment for building up fraternal communion in the Lord and fount of renewed energies for the missionary commitment.                         (RFI 414)

We want to live more fully our celebration of the Eucharist by praying more often for each other, improve our participation through personal preparation, the quality of our singing and sharing, to make more use of the cultural symbols of the African context in which we live.
This year we continue the tradition of having all of us share their reflection after the readings.

Personal and Community Prayer

 The constant practice of explicit, personal prayer leads the missionary to transform his entire life and activity into a continuous prayer. Therefore the missionary has the responsibility to organize his personal prayer, following the example of the Lord, who often withdrew in solitude to pray to the Father.  (RL 49)

Personal Prayer
We treasure the daily hour of personal prayer (cf. RL 49.1). One hour before Morning and Evening Prayer we will keep silence to create a conducive atmosphere.
This important aspect of our life is included in our personal project and evaluated periodically.

Community Prayer
We foster creativity and moderation in our celebrations so as to have a joyful and profound liturgical atmosphere. We acknowledge that our being an international community should be occasion for mutual enrichment.
In order to achieve our priority for this year, we encourage the incorporation into our liturgy of the prayer for the coming General Chapter and for priesthood as well as for the African Synod so as to make our prayer incarnated into the world in which we live.

Our weekly schedule established on the time-table will give space for the different moments of community, groups and personal prayer:
Monday:      Kiswahili mass in the evening: we will share and pray starting from our pastoral experiences.
Friday:        Mass in the morning with “homily” by a scholastic; in the evening we will alternate adoration (as community) with group Bible-sharing, keeping adoration on the first Friday of each month (Sacred Heart).

Comboni Spirituality
The Comboni Spirituality is the soul of our missionary and priestly vocation. As we mentioned in our priority, Comboni is our constant source of inspiration and therefore this year we will make use of his writings in our common prayer especially how he lived his priestly life.
On the first Friday of each month we give special relevance to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. During the Eucharistic adoration of this day we will have “prayer partnership”, in which we are invited to pray in a special way for one another. We can also ask mass intention for the one we chose to pray for.
The most important feasts of the Institute are celebrated with the appropriate solemnity, together with the other Comboni communities around Nairobi. We commemorate important missionary figures of our Comboni tradition. Possibly we use the death anniversary of some confreres to make memory of the important aspects of our charism which they lived.
The groups are encouraged to organize sessions on Comboni and priestly spirituality and animate our common prayer with decorations, symbols and banners.

Marian and Other Forms of Prayer
In the life of the missionary, Mary, Mother of the Church has an important place. (RL 51.3)
That is why we foster Marian spirituality in our vocational journey. Together, we pray the Rosary every Saturday evening. And we are encouraged to pray the Rosary privately or in small groups. We prepare and celebrate the Marian feasts (including those of our countries of origin) with special love.
Following the Rule of Life (cf. 50.4), the community gives due consideration to traditional forms of prayer: Stations of the Cross (Lent), Angelus (before Lauds or Vespers). The community is open to new forms of shared and biblical prayer. The one in charge of the liturgy for the day will lead the prayer at the meals.

Recollection Day
Our monthly recollection is prepared each time in advance. Every two months we organize it in community. The other months it is organized according to the calendar of the groups or in private. When inviting the facilitators we keep in mind our formation theme for this year (Priesthood). On these days of recollection we invite some confessors.

Annual Retreat
We find profitable to organize it as an individual "directed retreat". The one-month Ignatian retreat is recommended during the Scholasticate.

Spiritual Direction

In this phase of formation, which prepares for perpetual vows and holy orders, spiritual direction is of the greatest importance. It helps the scholastics to discern the action of God, to walk in the ways of the Lord, to grow in the practice of the vows and to establish and consolidate a rhythm of personal prayer. Such an experience of spiritual help will enable the young religious to assume it as an essential element for their spiritual progress during the rest of their lives. (RFI 443-444)
This activity has a special relevance in the whole context of our journey of formation. The directee plays an active role in sharing his feelings, motivations and experiences. It demands prayer, humble openness and reciprocal trust. The formators assist the confreres to find a suitable spiritual director.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have seen against heaven and before you.”                        (Lk 15:18)
The sacrament of reconciliation is the celebration of the mercy of the Lord and of his healing power (RL 54). This sacrament is to be received "frequently" (Can 664) at least on a monthly basis. Therefore, confessors are invited to the community when we have community recollection days. A community celebration of reconciliation will take place once a semester.

4. Formation

4.1. Formation Programme

This year, according to the indications of the Ratio, we have chosen as the focus of our community formation programme the theme of Priesthood. The formation programme will be facilitated by invited experts, the formators and the groups.
Our formation programme takes into account the community and missionary dimension of our journey of formation and the specific demands of the different stages of it. For this reason we will have one encounter every month for the whole community and one for the year groups.

Ministries and Vows
The year groups concerned organize moments of reflection, prayer and sharing especially at the time of preparation for particular steps in their formation journey, such as the ministries and the renewal of vows. The whole community is involved in preparing and celebrating these special moments in the life of some of its members. It is important that all dress decently during our liturgical celebrations.

4.2. Formative Encounter

Every scholastic will meet one of the formators for the formative colloquy every month. It is also important to meet the other formator at least twice in a semester.
At the beginning of the academic year, each scholastic prepares his Personal Project of Life in dialogue with his formator.

4.3. Studies

Study is the principal task of the formative phase of the scholasticate. It aims at giving the ability of facing the missionary work with clear notions of the theological motivations and the pastoral needs.      (RFI 415)
Since study is the principal task in the scholasticate,we commit ourselves to create an atmosphere of silence to enable and facilitate the personal study as well as to seek earnestly the proper balance between study and other activities. Each one should be ready to verify and evaluate the academic dimension together with the community dean of studies, especially at the end of each term. For matters referring to academic curriculum, specifically the choice of subjects, the scholastics refer to the community dean of studies.

5. Holidays & Leisure

5.1. School Holidays

School holidays give us the possibility to take care of important dimensions of our formation that are necessarily limited by the school periods. Among them we want to emphasize the missionary service in our Comboni communities, the prolonged experiences of prayer and annual retreat as well as the necessary rest and care of our house. In these periods some practical skills can be acquired, such as playing musical instruments, computers, languages, etc, taking advantage of those of us who have particular talents. Each scholastic prepares a plan in dialogue with the formators. We have two periods of school holidays:
i) At Christmas: This period is to be spent in the Scholasticate or in our missionary communities in Kenya. This time is taken by many of us for their annual retreat and for holidays in families and pastoral places.
ii) The long holidays, between May and August, are used in the following ways:
a) Home leave after the third year for those who do five years of Scholasticate.
b) Mission service in the Kenya and other Provinces (see above); previous arrangements are made with the formators, the Provincial and the local community concerned.
c) Presence in the Scholasticate for the necessary rest, and for the maintenance and running of the house.
d) The Ignatian Month, possibly at the end of the 2nd or 3rd year.
e) Significant experiences of work according to the formative needs and the possibilities of the scholasticate.
f) Courses on practical skills (computer, driving ...)

5.2. Celebrations, Socials & Sports

Community celebrations, socials and sports are fitting means to foster a fraternal and joyful community. They provide occasions to give time and space to being together, celebrate the important moments in the life of each other and of the life of the Comboni Family. Bearing in mind the priority we have chosen for this year, we want to promote this dimension of our life putting to work our creativity and our commitment in the different activities established in our time-table and in the celebrations scheduled in our calendar. The committee for Community activities and those in charge of sports will remind and animate the community. We want to have joint sport activities with the brothers of the CBC and our postulants.
Birthday celebrations will be held collectively once a month in the social evening (on the last Sunday).

6. Life Style & Use of Means

Through a life of poverty, the missionary chooses the poverty of Christ leaving everything and follows a simple life-style in order to be free to bring the Good News to the poorest and most abandoned and to live in solidarity with them.                            (RL 27)
This year we want to commit ourselves to cultivate a spirit of sobriety and sharing as required by our missionary consecration and our solidarity with the poor. Following the indication of the General Chapter, we want our formation programme to help us also in the field of economics and the use of goods so as to educate us in responsibility and transparency (cf. CA 104.3). We want to express our commitment to this objective through our responsibility towards work, our voluntary simplicity and self-restraint and the care we take for the means put at our disposal.

6.1. Work

Community Work
Besides the responsibilities and services assigned to each one, every Monday we dedicate two hours to manual work as an expression of sobriety and collaboration in self-sustenance. Each one of us does his best in the job assigned to him and makes himself available to help others. The one in charge assigns the members of the community to the various places of work.

Projects of self-sustenance
Our community runs three projects of self-sustenance: Cow,  Poultry and Kitchen Garden. Some of these projects may have a measure of financial autonomy. The accounts of these projects are properly kept by those in charge and are periodically presented to and assessed by the Bursar and the Community Council. In the course of the year, we will assess the usefulness of the various projects.

House Cleaning and Care
We all are responsible for keeping our house clean. The one in charge of cleaning organizes the lists and keeps the cleaning materials in good order. The members of each unit are responsible for keeping it clean and tidy; one of them coordinates the cleaning.

6.2. Finance 

The community through its Bursar takes care of the expenses for health, food, library books, house up-keep, salaries, utilities, cars, etc. Every three months he presents to the Community Council a financial report and the budget situation.
Each one takes care of personal expenses with a spirit of responsibility and voluntary limitation. Expenses above the established monthly amount are discerned with the formators. Everybody keeps a personal record of his expenses and presents a monthly report to the assistant bursar using the form provided by him.
Every three months on the occasion of the financial reports to the Community Council, we reflect together on questions of finance, administration and our vow of poverty.

6.3. Other Means

The community cars are used exclusively to meet the services of the community (shopping, apostolate, and appointments with doctors). For coordination and proper service the use of the car is always recorded in the appropriate log book.
Each scholastic is responsible for keeping the bicycle assigned to him in good condition. There is a scholastic in charge of giving a help for special repairs.
We use the computers with care and following the indications given by those in charge. The connection to the Internet is meant for research and for communication, rather than mere leisure. School work has always a priority on other kinds of use of our computers.
Each one of us has the responsibility to care for the books of the library and to follow the established norms for use and borrowing. At the beginning of each semester each class of scholastics provides a list of the basic books required by the teachers to those in charge of the library. They will then consult with the community Dean for the possibility of acquisition. We can also make use of other good libraries such as Tangaza, Carmelites, CUEA, and Hekima.