AECAWA SEMINARIES’ COMMISSION MEETS IN FREETOWN SIERRA LEONE
FROM 8TH – 12TH MARCH 2010
The Association of Episcopal Conference of Anglophone West Africa (AECAWA) Seminaries Commission meeting was held at St. Edwards Pre-school Centre, Freetown, Sierra Leone, from 8th to 12th March 2010.
Monday the 8th was the day of arrival for the Rectors from Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia. The following day, the inaugural Mass was celebrated at St. Paul’s Major Seminary Chapel in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Rev. Fr. Mathew Jusu Kanneh, Rector of St. Paul’s Major Seminary, was the Chief celebrant, representing Most Rev. Edward Tamba Charles, Archbishop of Freetown and Bo, who was engaged in a meeting of the Religious Superiors in Sierra Leone. There were 22 Rectors at the meeting and the Secretary of AECAWA, Rev. Fr. Octavious Moo, was in attendance.
The theme for this year’s Conference is: The Seminary as a Family of God and the Multi-cultural Community: Application for formation in a Multi-cultural Context. A presentation on this theme was given by Rev. Joseph A. Turay of the Diocese of Makeni. The Rectors spent two intensive days to report and discuss on the above theme. In the evening of Wednesday 10th March, 2010, the students and formation team entertained the visitors with cultural show, drama, poems and songs.
On Thursday morning a communiqué was prepared by all the Rectors present which will be officially presented to the Bishops of AECAWA. Later in the afternoon, the Rectors went on an excursion around the Freetown Peninsula. They stopped at the residence of the Christian Brothers in Hamilton village for lunch and then continued their journey. In the evening of that same day, the Archbishop of Freetown and Bo, Most Rev. Edward Tamba Charles, who was a member of the Seminaries Commission, invited the Rectors for supper at his Thunder Hill residence. The Seminaries Commission ended with a closing Mass and the distribution of Souvenirs to the Rectors by the host member, Rev. Fr. Matthew Kanneh.
Peter S. Kanu (St. Paul’s Major Seminary)