Second Part of the Ordinary Chapter in Kenya

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The two parts of the Ordinary Chapter of the Custody of Kenya were held from November 11-14, and 24-28, 2008. The Chapter was presided over by Friar Marco Tasca, the Minister General.

All 18 of the Solemnly Professed Friars of the mission participated in the Chapter with the exception of the three students in Krakow who were not able to make it. Also present were the Minister Provincial of Gdansk , Friar Adam Kalinowski, and the Assistant for AFCOF, Friar Tadeusz Świątkowski, who is also a member of the Custody.

The following Friars were elected in the first session of the Chapter:

Friar Tadeusz Brzozowski - Provincial Custos (2nd term)
Friar James Wangai Kabata - Custodial Vicar
Friar Robert Kozielski - Custodial Secretary
Friar Kazimierz Szulc - Definitor
Friar Edward Ouma Owino - Definitor

During the second part of the Chapter, presided over by the Minister Provincial, the Capitulars prepared a document on the four-year plan of the Custody, and elected the following:
Custodial Treasurer  - Friar Kazimierz Szulc
Custodial Exactor  - Friar Edward Ouma Owino

as well as the Guardians, Formators, and other officials.

The Chapter accepted the final version of the new Custodial Statutes, previously approved by the General Definitory and the Provincial Definitory.

The statistics of the Custody are as follows:

There are 62 persons in the Custody as of this writing, 42 Friars, 4 Novices, and 16 Postulants.
There are 21 Solemnly Professed affiliated to the Custody, 12 Kenyans and 9 Poles.

The Chapter experienced a fraternal spirit and enthusiastic collaboration among all the members, as well as expressing a desire for a stronger collaboration with the other jurisdictions of AFCOF in the areas of initial and continuing formation. All the Formators and three of the four Guardians are Kenyan Friars.

Among the decisions of note during the Chapter, the Friars addressed their cultural diversity and decided to accent the Custody as a unity ready to collaborate on every level. It was also discussed whether the Custody should accept the National Marian Shrine at Subukia, 220 km (137 miles) from Nairobi, in the Diocese of Nakuru. All of the Friars unanimously accepted this opportunity to serve the Church of Kenya. The Bishop of Meru, Bishop Salesius Mugambi, visited during the Chapter, and, as representative of the Episcopal Conference, explained this service in detail. He told the Friars that the Episcopal Conference is particularly happy that they accepted this service to the Church of Kenya. Along with the Bishop, they finalized the contractual agreement between the Order and Province of Gdansk, of which the Custody is a part, and the Episcopal Conference of Kenya.