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A look back at the diaconal ordinations of the Province Africa

Published on June 29, 2024

Diaconal ordinations for the Province Africa

Thanksgiving

Brother Antoine de Padoue TOURÉ (Ivory Coast) and Brother Paul-Clément DJON BISSES (Cameroon) were ordained deacons with a view to the priesthood on Saturday 29 June 2024, by Monsignor Benoît Rivière, Bishop of Autun, Chalon and Mâcon, in the presence of Brother Côme-Emmanuel CODJIA, Prior of the Province of Africa.

Upcoming events

The priestly ordinations of the Africa Province will take place on Saturday 13 July at Abidjan Cathedral, by Monsignor Jean-Salomon LEZOUTIE, Bishop of the Diocese of Yopougon (Côte d’Ivoire).

Ordinations in the Province Africa

Published on June 7, 2024

Ordinations Province Africa - Brothers of Saint John

Ordinations to the diaconate

Brother François-Xavier CAZALI, Prior General ;
Brother Côme-Emmanuel CODJIA, Prior of the Province of Africa ;
The Brothers of Saint John and the families of the Brothers are pleased to inform you of the diaconal ordinations of Brothers

Antoine de Padoue TOURÉ (Ivory Coast)
Paul-Clément DJON BISSES (Cameroon)

At Notre-Dame de Rimont, on Saturday 29 June, by Monsignor Benoît Rivière, Bishop of Autun, Chalon and Mâcon.

Priestly ordinations

Brother François-Xavier CAZALI, Prior General ;
Brother Côme-Emmanuel CODJIA, Prior of the Province of Africa;
The Brothers of Saint-Jean and their families are pleased to inform you of the priestly ordinations of the following brothers

Elisée DJOGBA (Ivory Coast)
François-Emmanuel-Marie ZIGGAR (Togo)

On Saturday 13 July at Abidjan Cathedral, by Monsignor Jean-Salomon LEZOUTIE, Bishop of the diocese of Yopougon (Ivory Coast).

Diaconal ordinations in the Province of Europe

Published on June 7, 2024

Ordinations to the diaconate 2024- Brothers of Saint John Province Africa

Brother François-Xavier CAZALI, Prior General ;
Brother Ignaz-Maria, Prior of the Province of Europe ;
the Brothers of Saint John and the families of the Brothers are pleased to inform you of the diaconal ordinations of the following Brothers

Yakob DESALEGN BISHAMO (Ethiopia)

On Saturday 7 September in the parish of St Antony of Padua, London (England), by the Most Reverend Alan Williams, Bishop of the Diocese of Brentwood (London).

Elijas BUTKUS (Lithuania)

On Saturday 21 September at the priory of the Brothers of St John, Vilnius (Lithuania), by His Eminence Cardinal Audrys Juozas Bačkis (Vilnius).

Professions and Receptions of habit in the Province Africa

Published on May 14, 2024

Professions and taking of the habit - Province Africa.

Receptions of habit

Bruno OBAKOU (Togo)
Paul KPOBiÉ (Togo)
Roger AWADE (Togo)

Friday 31 May 2024 at the Noviciat Notre-Dame de la Providence in Lumen Valley (Togo).

Professions simples

Brother François-Xavier CAZALI, Prior General; Brother Côme-Emmanuel CODJIA, Prior of the Province Africa, the Brothers of Saint-Jean and the families of the brothers are pleased to inform you of the Simple Profession of the following brothers

Matthieu HONYIGLO KOFFI (Togo)
Vianney KENGA’A KEUNANG (Cameroun)

Mass will be celebrated on Saturday 1 June 2024 at 10am at the Noviciat Notre-Dame de la Providence in Lumen Valley (Togo).

Perpetual Professions

Brother François-Xavier CAZALI, Prior General; Brother Côme-Emmanuel CODJIA, Prior of the Province Africa, the Brothers of Saint-Jean and the families of the brothers are pleased to inform you of the Perpetual Profession of the following brothers

Jean-François OYIE (Cameroun)
Mass will be celebrated on Saturday 22 June 2024 at 10.30am at the Prieuré Notre-Dame des Grâces in Kendoumayah (Guinea).

Élie-Marie SERI (Côte d’Ivoire)
Jean-Pio N’GUESSAN (Côte d’Ivoire)
Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 30 June 2024 at 9.30am at the University Parish of Saint Jean Apôtre in Lomé (Togo).

``I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep``. Jn 10:11

Brother Marie-Alexandre’s thesis in patristics

Published on May 3, 2024

Brother Marie-Alexandre's thesis in patristics

Brother Marie-Alexandre Dallaporta, professor at the Studium of theology in Rimont, defended his thesis on May 3, 2024, at Catholic university of Paris. It was awarded magna cum laude (very good). Here is the presentation of the thesis from the author.

This is a thesis in patristics, directed by Professor Charbel Maalouf, and entitled : “The providential Trinity : Athanasius of Alexandria’s contribution to the Trinitarian and Christological theology of providence “. In the context of a contemporary theology seeking to renew its discourse on providence and divine action, this study sets out to show the contribution of an author of the IVᵉ S, Athanasius of Alexandria. While the latter is recognized as one of the Church Fathers whose work is decisive for Christology (one of the first Christian authors to have written a treatise on the Incarnation) and Trinitarian theology (his participation in the Council of Nicaea in 325 and his constant defense of the divinity of the Word in the face of Arianism), he has been little studied for his conception of divine providence. However, one passage from his work, the Treatises against the Arians, has prompted and guided our research, the one in which he states:

``For the Father has given all things to the Son, so the Father has all things in the Son, and when the Son has, the Father has. For the divinity of the Son is the divinity of the Father, and so the Father exercises in the Son providence toward all things.`` Athanase d'Alexandrie

This excerpt is to be understood in the context of a Christological reflection on certain difficult passages of Scripture (those relating the agony, ignorance or receptivity of Christ…), which Arianism used to show that the Word could not therefore be of a divine nature. For Athanasius, on the other hand, the receptivity of the Son (Mt 11:27) must be understood from both the eternal and temporal points of view, based on the unity of nature between the Father and the Son and unity in the exercise of their providence. Hence the question that drives our research: is this an isolated statement, or does it shed light on the way in which Athanasius can link, in his theological reflection on providence, a Christological and Trinitarian affirmation ?

After making a detailed study of the use of the term providence (pronoia in Greek) in Athanasius’ entire work (1st part), our study proposes to show different aspects of this contribution to Athanasius’ theology.

Firstly, in the way his apologetic works attribute providence to the Logos, his theology is based on a philosophical discourse (2d part). Among the various influences, we have highlighted Philo of Alexandria, a Jewish author of the 1st century, who draws on both philosophy and Sacred Scripture to discuss the role of the Logos in relation to creation.

Secondly, in the face of the Arian heresy, Athanasius elaborates a specifically Christian discourse on providence in the biblical hermeneutics of his doctrinal works (3rd part). Using Johannine verses on the unity of Father and Son (Jn 10:30, 14:9…), as well as the book of Proverbs on Creative Wisdom (Pr 8:22-30), he shows that, while respecting their distinction, Father and Son are one in the exercise of providence. The Son appears as the heir of the Father’s goods (Hb 1:3), the one who receives them but also distributes them in this unity with Him.

Athanasius’ contribution is also assessed within the patristic tradition (4th part). The Alexandrian is situated in continuity and discontinuity with the ante-Nicene Fathers (Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen). Faced with the Arian heresy that reduces the Son to a mere intermediary or instrument of creation, and Origen’s position that affirms the unity of the Father and the Son, but considers the latter above all as an efficient minister of providence, Athanasius gives full scope to the Son’s mediation in providence, considered above all from the point of view of the immanent unity between Father and Son. Thus, the Son appears one with the Father in our divine election, being himself the Will of the Father in his person.

Athanasius’ thought also paved the way for later developments in patrology, notably by Gregory of Nyssa and Cyril of Alexandria (5th Part). These authors clarify the place of the Holy Spirit in the sanctifying and divinizing action of the divine persons. Nevertheless, Origen is the most explicit on this point, since he is the only one among the Fathers, subject to a possible addition by his Latin translator Rufinus, to use the expression Providentiam Trinitatis. In his commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, he affirms how, in the Holy Spirit, divine providence is in all things.

A final contribution is highlighted in the fruitful links between his doctrinal theology and his spiritual theology. Athanasius’ works such as Apology for his Flight, the Festal Letters and the Life of Anthony bear witness to the way in which the Christian is invited to combine human prudence and abandonment to providence, and how, by allowing himself to be taught by God, he participates in the knowledge of divine designs.

At the end of this study, we outline some of the avenues opened up by Athanasius’ thought in relation to questions posed by contemporary theology. The latter seeks to better grasp how Christ, in his humanity, was able to receive and live according to paternal providence. It also underlines the incomprehensibility of the divine plans for the Son, who lives them in obscurity and distance from his Father. Conversely, Athanasius, and Alexandrian theology in general, have rightly been criticized for not focusing enough on Christ’s humanity, as the question of his soul was still underdeveloped in his time. Nevertheless, the insistence of Alexandrian theology on examining divine providence in the light of these Trinitarian and Christological questions, prompts us to examine how the Son, who is one with the Father in the eternal decision concerning our salvation, was able in his will and human nature, even in the trial of agony, to live this unity with the Father’s will.

A look back at the Perpetual Professions in France

Published on April 13, 2024

Perpetual profession on Saturday 13 April 2024, Notre-Dame du Chêne, France.

Brother Pacifique, Brother Jean-Baptiste de l’Agneau and Brother Raphaël made their perpetual profession on Saturday 13 April 2024. A “humble choice”, as Brother Henri-Dominique, Prior of the Province of France, emphasised in his homily.

Perpetual profession of Brother Charles in Christchurch

Published on April 6, 2024

Perpetual profession of Brother Charles in Christchurch april 6 2024 in Christchurch

Brother Charles Basani made his final vows on April 6, 2024 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The mass was presided by Mgr Michael Gielen, Bishop of Christchurch. Some members of the brother’s family were able to be present and there was a fraternal lunch after the mass celebrated at the Brothers’ parish.

Perpetual professions in Notre-Dame du Chêne

Published on March 30, 2024

Perpetual Professions 2024 in Notre-Dame du Chêne
Finsonius Resurrection

Perpetual professions

Brother François-Xavier CAZALI, Prior General; Brother Henri-Dominique, Provincial of France; the Brothers of Saint John and the family of ours brothers are pleased to announce the Perpetual Profession of Brothers

Jean-Baptiste de l’Agneau LECLERCQ (France)
Pacifique DE LAMARGÉ (France)
Raphaël MAISTRE (France)

They invite you to take part in or join them in prayer at the profession Mass to be celebrated on Saturday 13 April 2024 at 11am in the Basilica of the Shrine of Notre-Dame du Chêne, Vion (France).

``He has given us new birth into a living hope`` 1 Peter 1:3

Perpetual profession in Christchurch

Published on March 12, 2024

Perpetual profession in Christchurch - Brothers of Saint John
Visitation (1433-34) - Fra Angelico, Museo Diocesano, Cortona

Brother François-Xavier CAZALI, Prior General; Brother Justin LEE, Vice-Provincial of Asia-Oceania; the Brothers of Saint John and the family of our brother are pleased to announce the perpetual profession of Brother

Charles BASANI (India)

The Mass will be presided by Bishop Michael Gielen, Bishop of Christchurch, at 12:05 PM on Saturday 6 April 2024 at Saint Theresa of Lisieux Church, Christchurch (New Zealand).

And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3

New publication

Published on November 30, 2023

Brother Gabriel-Mary Fiore's publication : Spirituality in John’s Gospel; Historical Developments and Critical FoundationsBrother Gabriel-Mary Fiore is priest and assistant professor of theology at the Angelicum University. He teaches Christian spirituality in Rome and for other institutes of religious formation in Europe, America, and Asia, including graduate-level courses on the desert and church fathers, on spiritual growth and afflictions, and on the spirituality of John’s Gospel.

Spirituality in John’s Gospel: Historical Developments and Critical Foundations

The Fourth Gospel has been known as the “spiritual gospel” since the second century, but only recently have biblical scholars attempted to express the unique spirituality found in that sacred text. Surprisingly, no consensus has emerged even after a century of research. Thus, while John’s Gospel is widely admired as a vibrant source of Christian piety, the distinct features of its spirituality remain unclear.

Brother Gabriel-Mary addresses this problem from the fresh perspective of spiritual theology. Capitalizing on a century of Johannine biblical scholarship, he uses the interdisciplinary methods of spiritual theology to bring new data to the study of the Gospel and solutions to many lingering questions: How did ancient readers understand what scholars now refer to as the Gospel’s spirituality? How does that ecclesial reading compare to the analysis of modern critical exegesis? What makes Johannine spirituality special among other forms of Christian piety? How does the question of the Gospel’s authorship impact our understanding of its spirituality? Does the Gospel contain what we now call “mysticism”? In what ways is John’s spirituality still relevant for Christians today?

Students of Christian spirituality and Johannine exegesis alike will find here stimulating historical and theological analysis of the Gospel’s spirituality.

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