Inter-Franciscan Formation Program in Brussels for New Missionaries

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The tenth Inter-Franciscan course for new missionaries is being offered in Brussels. On August 31 the Capuchin, Conventual and OFM General Secretaries for the Missions met in Brussels at Our Lady of Nations Friary to study and approve the draft prepared by the Brussels team. This community is made up of Friars: Didier van Hecke (France), guardian of the community; Gianfrancesco Sisto (Italy), course director; Jan Nguyen Lan Hung (Vietnam), parish priest; Benjamin Kabongo Ngeleka (Kongo), associate parish priest; Bill Frigo (USA), Capuchin representative; Vicente Imhof (Germany), Conventual representative; Damien Isabell (USA) the former director who is helping in this time of transition and Michel Benoit Amoussou (Togo).

Eleven friars are in the course this year, including four from our family: Abraham Alutuli and Timothy Kayula Mpaluka are from Zambia and work as missionaries in Malawi; Mathew Shaji Kaniyamparambil and Vinu Niclovose Karottappuram from Kerala, India, are getting prepared to go to Andra Pradesh or Sri Lanka.
 
The Inter-Franciscan missionary course in Brussels forms an intercultural fraternity of Franciscans from all branches of the family. It provides an intercultural experience that will enable participants to understand the values and limits of their own cultures and of others. It provides everything that is needed to discern one's missionary vocation. And it provides a place of reflection on Franciscan tradition, theological developments, Africa and Asian cultures, culture shock, and on the country of mission destination.
 
We wish the brothers well: that they take full advantage of this graced time and live together in prayer, simplicity, and joy.