FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018
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Burkina Faso: JPIC and SGAM Animation

On December 6-11, 2017, Friar Joseph BLAY, the Delegate General for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (GPIC), and Friar Jarosław WYSOCZAŃSKI, the Secretary General for Missionary Animation (SGAM), visited Burkina Faso for the purpose of animation.

On arriving, Friars Joseph and Jarosław were happy to share in our friars’ joy at having been recognized by the President of Burkina Faso. Friar Marek HRYNIEWICKI the Provincial Delegate, accepted a medal on December 5, 2017, in recognition of the contribution the Conventual friars have made to integral human development in the country.
The Provincial Delegation in Burkina Faso has two communities. The Ouagadougou community has four postulants, a clerical student and three friars: Friar Marek, the Provincial Delegate and guardian, and Friars Christian SEOGO and Benedict OFOSU, formators. The Sabou community is composed of Friars Sylwester GĄGLEWSKI, Giacomo DI CIANO and Tomasz KRĘT. They serve at Sabou’s parish and Medical Center.
On December 8, 2017, all the friars of the Delegation, together with the postulants, gathered in Sabou to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. There, they prayed and took part in GPIC and missionary animation.
Reflecting on ways GPIC can be implemented in a country like Burkina Faso, Friar Joseph suggested the friars might take the opportunity to help girls who are forced to marry, organize young people to collect plastic waste, plant trees and put up solar panels. During his lecture, Friar Joseph awakened passion, new sensitivity and love for creation.
For his part, Friar Jarosław focused on the spirituality of missionary work, the missionary situation in our Order and on the “New Evangelization” in the Franciscan context, starting from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium and the letter of the Minister General on missionary work.
Friar Jarosław led a discussion on the experience of missionary service in Peru and on the story of the martyrdom and beatification of Friars Michał TOMASZEK and Zbigniew STRZAŁKOWSKI.
The festive and formative day ended with a moment of prayer and remembrance at the tomb of Friar Micheale Egah TODO, who died in a car accident on November 25, 2014.
The following day, December 9, Friar Tomasz took Friars Joseph and Jarosław to visit the hospital our friars founded in Sabou. There, they were able to observe the great work, collaboration and commitment of our friars in Burkina Faso.

Friar Joseph BLAY, Delegate General for GPIC

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