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Sunday, June 24, 2018

A new priest, Saint Anthony, and the end of the school year. 2

fra Christo, con i suoi genitori
le frère Christo, avec ses parents

A new priest, Saint Anthony, and the end of the school year. 2
Last Friday I leave Bozoum, in the morning, together with Fr. Davide and Federico. I go to Bouar for an important happening: on Saturday, June 16th, a young Central African Carmelite, Brother Christo Nganamodei, becomes priest. He entered the Seminary in 2000, after a long journey finally arrives this great day. The Bishop of Bouar, Mgrs. Mirek Gucwa, is also excited: it is his first priestly ordination!
In Bouar I meet Fr. Saverio, our Provincial Superior, together with Fr. Pavel and Fr. Anastasio, who came just for this special occasion from Prague. Our young people and all the communities are present. The celebration takes place in the beautiful church of the convent of St. Elia. Our Seminary Students perform the liturgical songs. The church, during the Mass, is filled with a very large crowd of faithful following, inside and outside, with intense participation. After the invocation of the Holy Spirit, the Bishop asks Brother Christo if he intends to respect the priesthood commitments. Then Brother Christo lies down on the ground, and together we pray to God, asking for the intercession of the Saints. The Bishop then imposes his hands, followed by the concelebrating priests: it is an ancient gesture, which goes back to the Acts of the Apostles. And Brother Christ is now a priest!
In the afternoon I have to go back immediately to Bozoum. Sunday 17th we celebrate the feast of St. Anthony, the saint patron of one of the 3 chapels which are in Bozoum.
On Sunday afternoon, the square of the Parish is filled with more than 1,200 kids who attend our schools, from kindergarten to elementary schools, without forgetting the children of the School of Literacy. It's a party! There are their parents, and all the classes are called on stage. This year we can also give a special prize to the 15 best students of each class: a small fruit plant! It is an initiative that we carry on every year. The gift of the plant is welcomed with great pride by children and parents: once home, they will plant it, and the tree that will grow will be the memory of a good job at school.
And the small plants will grow!

P.Anastasio con Mgr Mirek

Festa della cappella St.Antoine

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