Retreat in Preparation for Simple Profession
(9th July-15th July 2017)
“Return to yourself, return to your heart, return to God.”
On the Friday 7th of July, we were privileged to welcome Rev Fr. Alex from Italy in our community in Bafut-Cameroon; his mission was to give the novices a spiritual retreat in preparation for their Simple profession.
The one week retreat began on the evening of Sunday the 9th of July, worth mentioning is the fact that, these retreat took place in New Seminary here in Bafut whose first phase has just been completed. We are grateful to God who brought us Fr. Alex to begin these Spiritual exercise in this new formation center.
For one week, He gave a wide reflection ranging from: the Rule of St. Augustine, the Constitutions of the Order, Consecrated Life, and Religious vows (professing the evangelical counsels). These reflections were done daily in two sessions, the morning sessions which began at 9.00am and the afternoon session which began at 3.00pam. Though each session was intended to last for an hour, we often went beyond an hour due to the many important questions which aroused not only from retreat topics, but also from other aspects of the Church’s doctrine. We are indeed happy to have had as retreat master Fr. Alex, whose wide range of experiences gave us foretaste of what being a missionary religious is.
Interesting to know is how we spent our evening after supper. This moment, was one of recreation for us. We received a lot of entertainments from Fr. Alex, who, while playing the guitar, sang beautiful songs to us. We equally took this moment to rehearse the song which we shall sing on the day of our profession.
We rounded up our retreat in the morning session of Saturday 15th July. While concluding this Spiritual retreat, he expressed satisfaction for a successful one week spiritual exercise and thank all the participating novices for their openness to all the topics discussed, noting that it was equally an edifying moment for him. We left the retreat house (New Seminary) at 11.00 am. We rejoined our brother in the old Seminary for Office of the reading, Midday Prayers and Lunch.
During the retreat, we received a visit from the Prior General Rev. Fr. Doriano Ceteroni accompanied by our local Prior Fr. Erwin Hindang.