Formation Encounter for Junior Professed
Our Lady of Africa Province (AFC) organized the encounter for the young sisters on March 29 to April 2 in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Community in Lubumbashi. Twenty young sisters accompanied by Sr. Franciska Mwema, responsible for initial formation. Three themes were dealt with: the private talk by Sr. Franciska; communication with others that constitutes communion by Fr. Culu Nestor, SDB; and spirituality rooted in pedagogy by Sr. Petronille Kyabwa, FMA.
In the first nucleus, Sr. Franciska clearly explained the colloquy and the aim of the personal encounter to sustain the growth of the person in her vocational and charismatic reality. In addition, it is a formative instrument to strengthen communion among the members of the community and fidelity to the charism. As such, the person who lives it discovers and knows herself better thanks to the mediation of another person. It is a formative moment because it reinforces communion with the local, provincial, and world community and permits us to seek God’s plan together.
In the second nucleus on communication with others and the building of communion, Fr. Nestor, SDB, defined communication as a means to understand others, receive them, and accept them in such a way that sharing takes place among two or more persons. The attitude of deep communication frees in us a deep love that gives birth the desire to explore self in the other and value self to reach the deepest areas of one’s being. He emphasized that in communication with another: the autonomy of the other makes her reality blossom by respecting it; do not manipulate the other like a machine; believe in self-development; love without limits; give attention to our Sisters.
In the third nucleus, spirituality rooted in pedagogy, Sr. Petronille explained spirituality as an interior attitude, a behaviour. Salesian spirituality is a style of life, of work, of community life, a group of values. It is based on Don Bosco’s Preventive System, which is the art of the positive, of proposing values through the three columns of Reason, Religion, and Loving Kindness.
She also spoke of Don Bosco’s pedagogy that is characterized by joy and that can be called the pedagogy of happiness. Form the young to the realism of concrete meaning.