African Biblical Congress Holds in Abuja
ROOTED IN THE CHRIST AND AUDACIOUS IN SPREADING THE WORD OF GOD IN AFRICA
BIBLICAL CONGRESS FOR ACLA:
6TH – 12TH NOVEMBER 2022, ABUJA, NIGERIA.
As listeners and servants of the Word in Africa and evangelising with the intelligent use of the various means of
communication, all the 32 delegates, including the members of the Claretian Family (RMI and Lay Claretians)
from all the organisms and missions in Africa had their first Biblical Congress under the guidance of the General
Prefect of Bible Ministry and Communications- VRF. Henry Omonisaye, Cmf and of the President of ACLA-VRF
Jude Langeh,. This took place at the Institute of Consecrated Life in Africa (InCLA), Bwari, Abuja Nigeria, from
6th -12 November, 2022. Participants arrived at InCLA on 6th November, 2022.
The enthronement of the bible with the reading of the text from Matt. 7:24-27 set the tone for the Congress. They
were one with the whole congregation through the letter addressed to them and the video message sent to them
by Father General. The aim of the conference as presented by the General Prefect of Bible Ministry and
Communications was to coordinate the pastoral activities of the prefectures of bible and communication ministry
in ACLA and to design concrete pastoral biblical plans for ACLA organisms and missions with the key of the
biblical animation of all our pastoral ministries (Cf. VD 73).
Their had presentations from all the major organisms and missions of ACLA on their different activities of bible
ministry and communications. Papers were presented by delegates and guest speakers in presence and online.
Apart from the dialogues which they had, the delegates had a cultural day to help them understand the context
where they had the congress. They visited St. John Paul II parish, where Pope St. John Paul II celebrated mass
when he visited Nigeria in 1998, and other part of the city. The last day before the closure of activities, they had
an intensive session to design a concrete plan of bible and communication at the end which they chose a
coordinating team made of Fathers Rowland, Coordinator (East Nigeria Province), Joel Nkongolo, Secretary
(Delegation of Congo), Amos Moses (Charles Lwanga Delegation), Martin Nkoumou (Delegation of Cameroon),
Gregory Ezeokeke (West Nigeria), Rodrigo Tumbula (Delegation of Mae da África).
They are immensely grateful to the Delegation of West Nigeria and the InCLA community for the hospitality they
received and for making sure everything was provided for, and this enhanced a fruitful and enriching encounter.
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