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Cameroon Associates, what challenges for us?

The Cameroon Associates’ General Assembly took place at Lara, on 18 February 2017; were present Sister Pauline Maïssenso, the vice-provincial and the DHS councilors of the different groups. Like every year, there were a great number of participants. Unfortunately Sr Catherine Mamma, in charge of the Associates program, was not able to come because of health problems. The unfolding of the debates was led by Robert Foba, an Associate from Maroua, together with Sr Angèle Silikam Haranga.

The theme chosen this year was: Marie Balavenne’s spiritual and human attitudes. After a few minutes of silence for recalling the memory of Maliki, Associate from Touloum and that of Célestine Loumié’s husband from Kaélé, we entered into prayer prepared by the group of Maroua. Catherine Mamma’s welcoming words were read by Robert Foba, followed by the reading of the various answers to the questions preparatory to this general assembly together with the reactions of the participants. Then the time had come to listen to the input by Sr Angèle Silikam on the spiritual attitudes of Marie Balavenne. A rich and dense presentation, we have retained among others the following passages: “Marie Balavenne: - Woman of great simplicity, attentiveness and courage - A warm-hearted woman indwelt by the boldness of the Spirit and open to the needs of her days - A open- hearted Woman. - Woman of prayer and service - An unassuming Woman who knew how to collaborate with others - Woman of great humility, self-abnegation and thankfulness - A most merciful Woman”What challenges for us, associates of today? We are sons and daughters of M. Balavenne, called to live on the DHS spirituality, to root ourselves into God and to hear the cry of the poor, called to cultivate within ourselves an inner space of silence for contemplation and discernment of the calls of the Spirit, called to live a simple life style and to practice humility; to be women of prayer.

In the afternoon, group sharing. Then Robert Foba having participated in the associates’ international commission at Saint Brieuc on 3-8 July 2016, gave us an account of it. He also presented the delegates who will represent our Unit at the DHS Family Assembly in August 2017; he asked the different groups to see what contribution they could afford to pay for these delegates’ board and lodging.

Sister Pauline Maïssenso addressed a few words of encouragement to each and everyone and brought the meeting to an end by sending us all on to our respective mission.

Sent by Robert Foba, Associate. Published on 28/02/2017

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