Redemptorist novices from Niger, Burkina Faso and Angola and the Congo based in Fada N’Gourma in Burkina Faso recently led an initiative in partnership with the local community to commence a Community Vegetable Garden in the land adjacent to novitiate. The aim is to build a community spirit and to yield a productive crop of vegetables to support the livelihood security of the local community as well as the novitiate. The initiative was warmly welcomed by the local community and is expected to yield a nutritious dividend.
The two retreats preached in mid-July saw the closure of the first novitiate year and the beginning of the new one. Fr William Guri preached the end of the novitiate retreat to the three novices who are due for their professions. The three novices are Dominic Kofi Ampomah a man from Ghana, but a novice of the Province of South Africa, Kenneth Temba and Brian Tonderai Manyenga (The two belong to the Region of Zimbabwe). Their retreat was by the sea coast in the Bluff area in Durban at a Dominican House called ‘Ukuphila.’ The name of the retreat place literally means ‘living.’ After the retreat one of the novices jokingly said they could not have gone to a more appropriate place. At the house of life they prayed and reflected about life’s fundamental questions and the life they were giving themselves to as Redemptorists.