|Joseph Alumansi speaking about the personal love of God the Father.|
|Some of the more than 100 participants in the two-day general conference.|
|Bishop Lesanu-Christos Matheos translating for Fr. David Byaruhanga with charismatic leaders.|
|About half of the clergy and religious who attended an information seminar.|
|Serah Alumansi (left), one of the Ugandan team members,|
with Meaza Yohannes, one of the local organizers.
Thursday was an informational seminar for the priests and religious of the Archdiocese of Addis Ababa in which approximately 55 people participated. Again we provided background information, Scriptural references, statements of the Magisterium and explanations of aspects of the charismatic renewal that are commonly misunderstood. There was a small breakout session to discuss the potential benefits of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Church, possible challenges to be faced, and concrete steps that could be taken to enable what all agreed was something good for the Church to move forward and flourish.
Finally on Saturday morning and afternoon we met with other local Catholic leaders and separately with a general audience of curious and interested people for the purpose of sharing basic information and answering questions. It was an extremely positive week for us, and one we hope and pray will be an ongoing source of blessing for the Charismatic Renewal and the Church as a whole in Addis Ababa.
|St. Francis Prayer group meeting in the compound of Christian Care, |
a nonprofit organization they established to help feed hungry children
|Bishop Lesanu-Christos (left) with our team (left to right):|
Serah Alumansi, Joseph Alumansi, Fr. Herald Brock, CFR, Fr. David Byaruhanga.