EAST NIGERIA PROVINCE TAKES ANOTHER STEP IN THE CLARETIAN DISCERNING LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
Confreres of the East Nigeria Province and West Nigeria Delegation jointly participated in the initial online segment of the Claretian Discerning Leadership Workshop (CDLW) from October 2 – 8, 2023. Given the present challenges of movement in the country, it was resolved that the remaining modules scheduled to be done on-site be completed at two different centers; Claretian House of Theology, Ibadan and Claretian Institute of Philosophy (CIP), Maryland Nekede, Owerri.
Some confreres of the East Nigeria Province gathered at CIP from Novemeber 5-9 for the on-site segment of the CDLW. Among the participants were; community superiors, heads of activities (Claret Schools, Claret Water, CLACOM) and some appointees by the Provincial Superior who would collaborate in facilitating the workshop subsequently. The facilitators of the on-site phase of the workshop were; Frs. Stan Ekwujuru and Rowland Onyenali.
It was a very interesting and intense programme during which a lot of ideas were shared with and among the participants, backed by experiences, exercises, group and personal works. The nature of the programme (workshop) facilitated a personalized and integrated assimilation of the contents of the different modules. With the accompaniment of the facilitators, the participants were led to the fount of our leadership and leadership style. The emphasis on growth as individuals and as Claretians responsible for communities and activities was welcomed by the participants as evidenced in their unalloyed commitment to every stage of the exercise. The programme exposed the need to exercise “Claretian Discerning Leadership” within the framework of the Church and the Congregation while remaining open to the useful contributions from human sciences. Thus, Sacred Scriptures, Church documents, our Congregational documents and materials from the human sciences were the major sources for the training.
The on-site forum promoted fraternal sharing and enhanced internalization. Undoubtedly, the participants gave the all to the exercise; time, energy and attention to personal formation as leaders in order to lead better and to train other persons. The Provincial Superior also had time to facilitate a session wherein he underlined the place of the Dream of the Congregation and of the Province as key elements for leaders in the animation of communities and activities in the sexennium.
At the end, each participant worked out a series of steps he would adopt to better face the challenges raised and to integrate the content of each module. Finally the group worked in sub-groups and came up with stratagies for training more leaders in the Province. It is the intention of the Province that all her members have the opportunity of participating in the CDLW. The participants thank the General Government for initiating the training; the Provincial Government for making it possible in the Province and special thanks to the facilitators for animating the exercise.
By Fr. Henry Ekwems, cmf
November 28, 2023
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