Course for the AFCOF Formators

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An important meeting of the Formators of the AFCOF Federation was held in Kampala, Uganda from July 20-25, 2010.

The Order opened the mission in Uganda in 2000, thanks to the Polish Province of Krakow; shortly after, a second community was opened at Matugga in the Archdiocese of Kampala. The first Friary was established in Kakooge, in the Diocese of Kasaana-Luweero. The Mission has 6 Friars and 4 postulants.

Taking part in the meeting were: the Assistant General for AFCOF, Friar Tadeusz Świątkowski, the Vice General Secretary for Formation, Friar Roberto Brandinelli, the President of the AFCOF Federation, Friar Tadeusz Brzozowski, and the Formators from Ghana, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia.


The present formation houses in Africa include the Postulants in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia; the common formation houses of the Federation: two Novitiates with 21 novices altogether (Ghana and Zambia), the Center for the Study of Philosophy at Lusaka, Zambia, with 46 student Friars, and the Theologate at Nairobi, Kenya with 40 student Friars.

The principal purpose of the meeting was to reflect together on the style of our presence on the African Continent, on the Franciscan identity in the modern world, as well as the formation realities of all the Jurisdictions of Africa.

We reflected together on perfecting the methodology of formation and on the atmosphere of cooperation within AFCOF, seeking to reinforce our inter-jurisdictional structures of formation and study. The Formators sought to lay out a program with common guidelines for all of the AFCOF houses of formation. During the meeting, the Federation Commission for Formation also met, which has been developing a Directory for Formation in Africa. This document should be presented to the Major Superiors of AFCOF during their next meeting in 2011.

At the end of the meeting, the participants were honored by a visit from the Archbishop of Kampala, Cyprian Kizito, the same Bishop who invited us to Uganda in 2000.

Assistant General for AFCOF