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Final message of the second session of the General Chapter

Published on October 27, 2022

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The second session of General Chapter 2022 was held from October 11 to 24, 2022 at the Our Lady of Cana Priory, in Troussures, France. It had been five months since the elected brothers from the different vicariates and “pro-provinces” of the Congregation came together for the first session. 

Please find the link to access the final message the second session of the General Chapter.

We thank you for your prayers and entrust to you the implementation of all these decisions and orientations.

Final message of the first session of the General Chapter

Published on May 7, 2022

Logo Brothers of Saint JohnThe first session of the General Chapter took place from 27 April to 6 May 2022.

Please find the link to access the final message of the General Chapter as well as the text on our charism elaborated and voted by all capitulants.

We thank you for your prayers and entrust you with the preparation of our second session which will take place from October 11 to 24, 2022.

News from Romania

Published on May 26, 2021

Retreat, Bucharest

Come Holy Spirit!

No, this is not a representation of Pentecost but a day of recollection preached by Brother Emmanuel and Brother Dan for about fifty religious brothers and sisters in Bucharest.

I desire mercy not sacrifice.

Together they explored what can help them be faithful in their religious life and how to establish merciful communication between religious.

As is their tradition in Lent, the consecrated brothers and sisters from the diocese of Bucharest gathered for their recollection. For a year it was planned that this would take place at the Monastery of the Holy Family, priory of the Brothers of St. John in Bucharest, but March 13 being still a critical period around Covid, another venue, the spacious Monastery of Cioflicieni of the Carmelite Fathers, was chosen. The preaching was the responsibility of the Brothers of Saint John.

The morning sermon was held by Brother Emmanuel, on the theme It is mercy that I desire, not sacrifice (Hosea 6:6). Without falling into Pharisaism, consecrated persons must be attentive to what the world especially expects from them: a witness of mercy. People need to be able to count on them. Some signs of mercy to look for and especially to live: joy, not only in oneself but around oneself, a joy that we like to communicate; beauty, in the sense of making oneself agreeable to others; humility, a beauty restrained, not flaunted; the love of silence, the secret of lovers; and finally a desire to cooperate. But we must also be able to maintain this mercy, we must hold on, and two means were emphasized: the need to be open, for transparency, and also the benefit of celebrating joyful times together as a family.

With all the sisters present, it was easy to sing beautiful Offices and Mass. Brother Dan gave the homily. In the afternoon, the consecrated brothers and sisters gave a Lectio on Mt. 18:15-20, in small groups. As a rule each group had no more than two members of the same Community, so that those from very diverse backgrounds got to know each other better.

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Retreat, Bucharest

Angelus TV

A national Catholic television is born in Romania, with the support of 5 bishops of the country and under the motto: ‘Come and see!’ This motto continually appears  in many of the “homemade” programmes during this Covid year. On May 16, Social Communications Day, Feast of Blessed Vladimir Ghika, a 24-hour internet streaming site was launched, with the hope that in the Autumn it would be possible to receive a TV license and transmit via cable. Brother Dan, accompanied by a nun, provide the spirituality programme: “Men and the Words of the Spirit” and Brother Emmanuel is preparing with a laywoman a programme “Gospel on Bread”: cooking whilst talking about the Gospel.

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Receptions of habit, Professions and Ordinations 2021

Published on May 4, 2021

Reception of habits and ordinations 2021

Receptions of habit, Professions and Ordinations 2021

Brother François-Xavier CAZALI, Prior General, the Brothers of Saint John and the families of the brothers are happy to announce:

The perpetual vows of:

Frère Elijas BUTKUS (Lithuania)
Saturday May 22 in Vilnius, Lithuania

Habits, Professions and Ordinations

The taking of the habit of four brothers:

Julien DJITENA DAGSA (Togo)
Olivier SOLETÉ EKOÉVI (Togo)
Samuel AMARE LEYKUN (Ethiopia)
Sébastien KENGNE NGONG (Cameroon)

Saturday May 22 at the novitiate of Our Lady of Light in Simbock (Cameroon):

 

Habits, Professions and Ordinations

Followed by the simple profession of five the brothers:

Alde-Épiphane AMEGANVI KOFI (Togo)
Francis-Marie DJOKA KOMLA (Togo)
Jean-Pascal AGBESSI (Togo)
Patrice-Marie NARMA (Cameroon)
Vincent de Paul KOUADIO ADJANE (Ivory Coast)

Saturday May 22 at the Noviciat of Our Lady of Light in Simbock, Cameroon

Habits, Professions and Ordinations

Three novices will take the habit at Pentecost:

Miguel Angel González Lagunes
Marco Antonio Martínez Cantú
Mauricio Adrián Rodríguez González

Sunday May 23 at San José de Guadalupe Priory, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Habits, Professions and Ordinations

Four brothers will make their perpetual profession at Pentecost:

Brother Antoine Martin KPEGBA (Togo)
Brother Dominique-Savio GALLEY (Togo)
Brother François-Emmanuel ZIGGAR (Togo)
Brother Isaac-Thérèse ADJIVON (Togo)

Sunday May 23 in Rimont, France

Two brothers will make their perpetual profession:

Brother Antoine de Padoue TOURÉ (Ivory Coast)
Brother Benoît-Réginald FOLIKOUÉ (TOGO)

Sunday June 6 at the Noviciat of Our Lady of Light in Simbock, Cameroon

Priestly Ordinations

On Saturday June 26, the priestly ordination of Brother Benoît Kizito KONGNE KAMDEM (Cameroon) and the diaconal ordination of Brother Samuel Mary LEIDEL (United States) will take place in Saint-Jodard.

Habits, Professions, Ordinations
Habits, Professions and Ordinations

The priestly ordination of Brother Jean Samuel GBAMOU (Guinea Conakry) will take place on Saturday June 26 in Montpellier.

Habits, Professions and Ordinations

The diaconal ordination of Brother Felipe de Jesus (Mexico) and Brother Benedicto (Mexico) will take place on Saturday July 10 at the priory of San Juan Parroquia Francesa Iglesia de Cristo Resucitado by Mgr. Carlos Enrique Samaniego López Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of México.

Brother John (United States) will be ordained a deacon and Brother Bruno-Thomas (United States) will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday August 28, 2021 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel priory in Orange, New Jersey by Mgr. Manuel A. Cruz, D.D, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Newark.

For those unable to attend due to current health restrictions of each country, you are invited to come together in prayer.

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Brother Lazare recently deceased

Published on April 14, 2021

Brother Lazare deceased

Our Community in Rimont is in mourning once more with the passing of Our brother Lazare who died in hospital at 4:35pm, Wednesday 14 April.

Brother Lazare was taken urgently to hospital on Good Friday in Chalon-sur-Saône after consulting his cardiologist. It turned out he had Covid-19, made worse by his heart problems. He was put on life-support, Easter Wednesday 8 April, and later, into an artificial coma. With his condition critical and with no signs of improvement, the medical team took the decision to no longer keep him alive by artificial means. His family was also consulted and gave their consent. Brother Jovien-Andréa, Brother Gonzague and Brother Joseph-Marie were able to accompany him in his last moments with prayers for the dying. He received the Last Rites on Saturday.

The funeral Mass will be held here in Rimont cemetery next Tuesday 20 April, 2:30 p.m.

Brother Lazare entered the Community in 1988. He was first assigned to the Corbara priory where he resided between 1991 and 1998. His journey included short stints in Laus, La Chaise-Dieu and Cognac, before arriving at Rimont in the Spring of 2000, almost 21 years ago. Despite his heart surgery from around this time, Brother Lazare continued to make the most of his life. He was part of the postal team as ‘Vaguemestre’ and carried out various other tasks, heath permitting.

By providence, his ‘Last Supper’ with the community was on Maundy Thursday. May Our Lord be with him on his journey from this world to the next and Our Heavenly Father.

Brother Lazare deceased

News from Lumen Valley in Kara (Togo)

Published on April 13, 2021

The work in Lumen Valley continues. The brothers have taken great heart as to how much the youth have invested of themselves to the project, a testiment to what can be achieved.

How the work has progressed has even surprised those who initiated it and has gone beyond a simple construtction project to a way of life. The work as a whole has brought with it much enthusiasm and sets out a good blueprint for the future.

Buiding Works

Everything is moving quickly and given that the work of the resourcing centre was launched not even a year ago, in June 2020, a great deal of credit goes to the work of the young people.

There are currently 5 bungalows of different categories of the major works nearing completion.

On the structural side, the 40-room building also is almost completed.

The 25 metre thatched roof water tower which has 4 rooms above it is almost finished too. Besides storing up to 70m3 of water to feed the entire center by gravity, it will also serve as a control tower for the entire estate.

The 300-seat conference room is in advanced stages of construction. It is intended for hosting seminars / conferences and retreats.

The other part in progress is the construction of the novitiate launched barely 8 weeks ago that is already in the process of being upgraded. The objective of this first phase is to launch operations in June 2022.

Business Schools

Business schools are making giant strides in terms of creation and work capacity. Training is given to support them in their progress each week.

Landscaping, thatching, the working of natural stones from Togo, honey production or even sheep-rearing, all the latest news can be followed in the Lumen Valley newsletter for the month of April.

Construction work in Kara

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Brother Guy-Marie deceased

Published on April 10, 2021

Brother Guy Marie deceased

Brother Guy-Marie sadly departed from us Saturday 10 April 2021 at 07h15 at the age of 94. He left us peacefully 5 minutes after Brother Timothée, who has been accompanying him for the last few months, had visited him. He was also in the presence of Brother Gonzague who was praying by his side at the time.

Most of us will remember him from his days at Rimont where he had been since May 1986, where he became Regular Oblate, 8 May 1987. He entered the Congregation at 58 having lived in a House of Charity in Africa.

With the death of Brother Jean-Pierre-Marie Rosins on 25 March, this year’s Easter celebrations have been enveloped by the departures of our brothers leaving us for heaven.

Funeral details

The funeral Mass of Brother Guy-Marie will be held Thursday 15 April, followed by his burial at Molamboz cemetery in the Jura region.

Let us turn in prayer to our mother Mary for whom he had a great devotion.

Simple Professions at Saint-Jodard

Published on April 3, 2021

Simple Professions 2021

Brothers of Saint John Prior General, Brother François-Xavier, along with the brothers families are delighted to inform you of the temporary profession for: Brother Richard-Maria, Brother Samuel-Marie and Brother Vladimir.

They invite you to unite in prayer at their Profession Mass which will be held, Sunday, 9 May 2021, 11am at Saint Joseph Priory, Saint-Jodard (42).

The inauguration of Saint John the Evangelist Church, Addis Abeba

Published on March 27, 2021

Inauguration of Saint John the Evangelist Church Addis Ababa

Inauguration of Saint John the Evangelist’s church

On this grand opening day of Saint John Church in Addis Abeba, several hundred guests gathered in a festive and joyful atmosphere. Starting at 9 a.m. many people in the French-speaking parish, from the Catholic Church of Ethiopia, from the neighbourhood, some of the community member’s families and some workers involved in the construction, gathered on the freshly flowered church forecourt.

The prior general of the Brothers of Saint John, father François Xavier Cazali, came to Ethiopia for the occasion which represents a major step for the Entoto priory.

Abune Lesane Christos, bishop of Dare Dessie and the priests walked around the building three times, led by the Ethiopian youth choir and followed by the crowd all to the sound of the bells.

After the handing over the keys ceremony, the faithful discovered the interior of the church, decorated with many ornaments for this occasion. The night before, most of the furniture had been blessed during a prayer vigil in which a relic of Saint John Paul II was exposed, now placed in the altar stone.

During the inaugural Mass, the crowd sang beautiful hymns in Amharic, in English, in French or in West African languages. The many languages used to praise the Lord, testifies to the multinational aspect of our Christian community in Addis Abeba. During all the inauguration’s preparation, young Ethiopians who had attended our School of Life came to help, with some also involved in the choir. Their fidelity to the community is a way of thanks for the organised activities, the summer camps, the weekends and every moment they spent with the Brothers of Saint John during the ten past years.

After the blessing of the walls, the stain glass windows and altar, cardinal Berahneyesus celebrated Mass in the new chapel.

After Mass, Abba Philip offered gifts to the Cardinal, to the prior general, to workers and to main actors of the project. The crowd then went to the basement for grace and lunch. Families prepared several buffets: an Ethiopian buffet with the famous injera and ginger drinks, a West African buffet with traditional African food, and another which was dedicated to European food.

This magnificent day and those enjoyable moments shared with the Catholic community of Ethiopia honoured the long-term work that had begun years ago. The aim of welcoming the youth, the elderly, Ethiopians, foreigners, orphans and expatriate to the Saint John’s priory of Entoto is now closer than ever.

However, there are still some final adjustment works in the chapel like, filling of walls and site work, paving, water and energy networks, basement works, construction of the guardian’s house, etc.

The chapel hopes to wlecome those who wish to pray here at the Entoto priory.

Everyone who helped during the year is thanked, particularly those who helped with funding the project and the inauguration preparation!

Saint-Jodard formation priory closure

Published on March 26, 2021

Closure of Saint-Jodard Brothers of Saint John Priory

Saturday, March 20, 2021, Brother François-Xavier, Congregation prior, announced the closure of Saint Jodard to the brothers and Oblates.

Many who visited the priory experienced strong spiritual and fraternal encounters there. The reasons that led to this decision are covered below.

It was to the patronage of Saint Joseph that the first Brothers of Saint John had entrusted this house. May this new chapter be entrusted to Saint Joseph once more by the brothers, as well as the future mission of the Brothers of Saint John in France and elsewhere.

Decentralization

Since the General Chapter of 2019, the question on the need to decentralize leadership and formation had become more apparent and it was clear that a change needed to take place within the Congregation. The current health crisis rules fast-tracked the decision regarding moving the years of philosophy away from the original vicariates the brothers once attended.

In addition to the novitiate formation in Africa and Asia, philosophy takes place on site and the same is in advanced stages of consideration for the pro-province of the Americas. The decline in vocations for several years throughout Europe had led to the question on what to do with Saint-Jodard.

During the last vicarial and pro-provincial chapters and assemblies, it was overwhelmingly voted to close Saint-Jodard. After consulting his Council, the Prior General took the difficult go ahead with this decision.

The Prior General shared: “This place is full of memories, good for some and less so for others. Closing Saint-Jodard could be compared to leaving a family home that has become too large, with an unjustifiable maintenance cost… Thank you to all those who have given so much time and effort here, making it a wonderful place for the brothers to live. A team of brothers, around the current priory will remain on site for the coming year for a smooth transition, under the authority of the Prior General. All will be done to make sure this house remains a place of prayer and Christian life.”

The philosophy studium will be established at least for now, in Rimont.

2021 Ordinations

Brother François-Xavier ended by saying that: “…because a family home cannot be left without at least a time of thanksgiving, we have decided to celebrate the ordinations on 26 June here at Saint Jodard with friends and family before Summer ends”.