Early morning the General Minister along with the newly nominated Bishop Elect Jean Bertin arrived from Africa. They were on visitation for two weeks. They were happy to visit the friars, be with them and see their work and ministry. The visit of the General minister and the councilor is always awaited with joy and expectations. It gives the friars the boost which is needed to live our Charism in a worthy manner. The elder brothers visit is seen as the visitation from the Founder St. Francis. We are trying our best to conduct pastoral and fraternal visitation of the Provinces before 2018.
In honor of Jean Bertin, Bishop elect we had a fraternal gathering. This is to appreciate his person, ministry and apostate that he carried out in his position as the General councilor for Africa. He has been active and was initiating many new things in two conferences of Africa. It is tough to be the Councilor of Africa as it is a continent and not that easy to travel. Obtaining visa is a big thing and difficult too. We thank him for all that he did in last three years as a General Councilor....we will miss him in the Curia and also in Afica....Our Loss is the gain of the Mother Church. One friar said here in the Curia.....we are not religious for ourselves but for the Church.....we are at the service of the Lord...He sends us where no one wants to go.....the words of the General Minister have come true....sometimes the dioceses are tough and difficult ones....but the Lord wants us to enter to proclaim his good news....Our father Francis went among those who did not even believe....good start he initiated for us.....we need to continue....Br. Jean Bertin we are with you in prayers....and spirit too