From the Xaverian Region of Sierra Leone
Yesterday we, the Xaverian Missionaries in Sierra Leone, commenced the 16th General Chapter with the presence of Fr. Fabien and Fr. Eugene from the General Direction.
We began with the Recollection given by Fr. Fabien and followed with the Holy Mass in celebration with the Feast of St. Francis Xavier presided by His Lordship Natale Paganelli, sx DD - Apostolic Administrator of Makeni.
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SECOND STEP: ADMISSION OF STUDENTS.
This first important step, the building of the school, has been followed by the second one no less important and very meaningful: the Registration-Admission of the first pupils who have chosen this school to continue their education.
The 22nd of August at 9.00 am, we gathered in front of the primary school and after a mini assembly with the parents and pupils who were present, the registration started and is continuing now. It was a fine coincidence that the first two students sat together for the interview and one was a boy, Alusine S. Sesay and the other a girl, Aminata Kalokoh.. This JSS secondary school is a natural continuation for those who attended already the primary school at St. Conforti and it will be a help for the many children who live in the area of Kolo Kolo and New London. We thank also Mr. Gabriel Kamara, the acting Principal and the teachers who have already started their cooperation. Finally the city of Makeni, after long years of waiting, has a third Catholic Secondary School, after “St. Francis” and “Convent”.
The Catholic University of Makeni, Unimak, in collaboration with CEU(Centro de Estudios Universitarios) S. Pablo, a university in Spain, have organized summer camps in three parishes of Makeni, St. Conforti, St. Francis' and Our Lady of Fatima.
Thirty volunteers arrived from Madrid, the capital city of Spain, Saturday, 14th July.
The pilgrimage of the Archdiocese of Freetown had a special purpose this year. It was focused on the prayer for peace and the commitment to be peaceable people. At the beginning of the pilgrimage, the Archbishop of Freetown, Edward Tamba Charles, spoke about some acts of violence which are springing up in the country since the results of the general political elections were out. People have been bitten or frightened because of their political affiliation or their tribe, said the archbishop in a solemn manner. It is not fair and just in a democratic country, he added.
Last January 20, 2018, Bishop Natale Paganelli, s.x., the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Makeni, came to Holy Martyrs of Uganda Parish-Kabala and confirmed 42 members mainly from the central Church. Many people attended the Holy Mass.