Nairobi, Kenya: Students on Retreat amid Covid-19 Restrictions
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Nairobi, Kenya: Students on Retreat amid Covid-19 Restrictions

My Experience of the Self-Exposure to Christ During the Annual Retreat. At the end of every formation year in the second cycle formation house in Nairobi, Kenya, there is always the annual directed retreat for first and second year students.  The annual retreat is the last activity of the formation year for these students. After…

The Impact of Covid-19 on the Mill Hill Formation Community in Pune, India
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The Impact of Covid-19 on the Mill Hill Formation Community in Pune, India

Corona virus pandemic has shaken the world and brought all the members of different faiths on their knees. We see that medical facilities of many countries have failed and the last resort is only to surrender ourselves to God. The cases of Corona are shooting up every day and we are observing national lockdown seriously….

Cardinal Ouellet: ‘Involve More Women in Formation’
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Cardinal Ouellet: ‘Involve More Women in Formation’

“I believe that for the priest, learning to relate to women in the context of formation is a humanizing factor which promotes the balance of man’s personality and affectivity,” Ouellet said in an interview in the May edition of the Donne Chiesa Mondo magazine also published on the Vatican News site April 24. In the…

Nairobi, Kenya: The Impact of Covid-19 Measures on Second Cycle Formation
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Nairobi, Kenya: The Impact of Covid-19 Measures on Second Cycle Formation

On 15/16th  March, the government of the Republic of Kenyan made an official announcement  ordering the closure of all the schools in Kenya as a measure of combating the COVID-19. A few days later the formation staff called a meeting announcing in-house measures aimed at dealing with the pandemic. These included: suspension of all common…

Nairobi, Kenya: A Mill Hill Student’s Experience of Lockdown
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Nairobi, Kenya: A Mill Hill Student’s Experience of Lockdown

There is a saying that Experience is the best teacher. When this pandemic started in China I could not really feel the effect until when there was a communication from the government here in Kenya that all schools should be closed. There was some excitement in me since I thought the lockdown was for a…

Apostles of Jesus: Congregation Emerges from Suspension by Vatican
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Apostles of Jesus: Congregation Emerges from Suspension by Vatican

AJ, the first religious missionary congregation to be founded in Africa, had its activities suspended by the Vatican, through a decree issued by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life dated June 21, 2018, placing the society under a Pontifical Commission of inquiry. The Vatican-based Dicastery, which took over all duties…

Brazil: A deficit of Afro-Brazilian Culture in the Church
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Brazil: A deficit of Afro-Brazilian Culture in the Church

Almost 56 percent of Brazil’s population has some African descent. According to a recent survey on religion conducted by the private institute Datafolha, people with African descent make up 55 percent of the total number of Catholics in Brazil. But many black Catholic activists argue that there’s a general deficit of Afro-Brazilian culture in the…

Seminary Training: Discerning in, Discerning Out
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Seminary Training: Discerning in, Discerning Out

Hubbard had multiple “God moments,” and he entered seminary because of them. But in seminary Hubbard realized that ordination wasn’t his calling. In November 2018, he discerned out of seminary. “By our baptism, we’re all called to be priests, prophets, and kings,” Hubbard told CNA. “So although I won’t be an ordained priest, I’ll be…