Our Enlarged Provincial Council (EPC) meeting kicked off August 5, 2013. Venue is our Provincialate in Benin City. The opening Recollection (“retreat”) was given by Fr. Aghadi SJ. Thereafter, the EPC was officially declared open with a simple liturgy of candle lighting.
Present for this epoch EPC are all confreres of the Southwest Province led by our Superior, Fr. Hyacinth Ogbodo, CSSp. The EPC Moderator is Fr. Leo Ekeanyanwu, CSSp while the Generalate (Rome) was represented by Fr. Bede Ukwuije, CSSp.
Daily updates on all proceedings are published in our Facebook page (Spiritans Southwest Nigeria) and our Twitter timeline (@csspnigeria).
We start off daily with Luads combined with Mass at 7am. This was followed by breakfast; thereafter, the review of our 2010 Chapter Document followed. Intermittently, we had paper presentations on Pastoral Administration and Health Matters followed by questions and discussions.
An Elective EPC
During our afternoon session on August 7, 2013, we had the substantive voting for Superior, wherein Fr. Hyacinth OGBODO CSSp was unanimously (more than 2/3 majority = absolute majority) elected for a second term mandate. Fr. Bede Ukwuije CSSp, representing the Generalate in Rome, thanked all confreres. While we await the official endorsement of this election, we remain grateful to the Holy Spirit for inspiration and guidance. Later in the evening, we also elected three (3) Councillors who will work together with the Superior in the Provincial Council.
Other EPC highlights
On August 9, 2013 there will be the Ritual of Perpetual Religious Profession of a confrere, Vincent ODILI CSSp. The following day, August 10, he will be ordained a deacon by the bishop emeritus of Ekiti, Most Rev. Dr. Michael Olatunji Fagun.
This diaconate ordination will Mark the end of our Enlarged Provincoal Council 2013. Do continue to pray for us. Cor unum et anima una!
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