Brothers Professed in Madagascar
The Prior General, Brother Donatus Forkan accompanied by General Councillor Br. Vincent Kochamkunnel and French Provincial Br. Alain Samuel Jeancler and Brothers and co-workers of the French Province recently visited Madagascar for the first profession of Madagascan Brothers Benega Ramal-lef Asoa and Jean Guillaume Rasolondraibe on the 5th February.
In accordance with Madagascan traditions, the profession ceremony was preceded the evening before by a family ceremony in which the parents and close relatives of the two Brothers ritually gave their approval to the life choice that the two Brothers would make the following day.
The FrenchProvince plans to initiate a new work in Madagascar for people with psychiatric illinesses. The new house will incorporate a residential unit for 27 patients and a Brotehrs' residence and a formation centre (a Madagascan Brother, Jean Marie Ramahefason, is Postulant Master).
During his visit the Prior General assisted at the blessing of the site for the new house and planted a pomegranate tree to commemorate the occasion. After planting the tree Br. Donatus addressed those present and congratulated the French Province on the consolidation of the presence of the Order on Madagascar. He urged the Madagascan members of the Oder, old and new, to promote the mission of hospitlaity in their land.