Juniors’ workshop in South Africa – Inkamana Abbey


From the 13th to the 17th July 2015 we had a workshop for the junior professed brothers and sisters.



becosajunior15All the participants were 30 in number; consisting of:

• Inkamana: 3 formators and 8 juniors
• Subiaco: 2 formators and 4 juniors
• Christ the King: 1 novice, 2 juniors and 2 formators
• Twasana: 4 juniors
• Elukwatini: 1 junior one 1 formator
• 2 delegates from Namibia (Fr. Maxmilian Kolbe and Mother Mary-Thomas)

The president of BECOSA, Sr. Edith also visited and addressed the participants shortly after bringing Mother Mary-Thomas from the airport to Inkamana.

It was a four days full workshop which consisted of 3 topics and other activities for each day.


becosa2junior15Topic and presenters:

• Desert Formation by Br. Kevin
• Forgiveness and Reconciliation by Fr. Maxmilian
• Conversatio Morum and Human Maturity by Mother Mary-Thomas

 

Time Table:

12th Sunday – ARRIVAL
 
Monday 13th July
05:00                                      Rising
05:30                                      Lauds
06:15                                      Community Mass
07:00                                      Breakfast
08:00 -08:45                           Ice Breaking – Who is who in the BECOSA network? (Br Kevin)
09:00                                      Lectio Divina (Sr Antoinette)
10:00                                      Tea / Coffee Break
10:30                                      Session –Group Expectations/House-keeping (Fr Max)           
11:45                                      Midday prayer
12:00                                      Lunch
14:30                                      Monastery Tour/ Formators Meeting
15:30                                      Tea / Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00                         Session –Looking ahead (Br Kevin)
17:30                                      Vespers
18:30                                      Supper
19:30                                      Compline
20:00 -21:30                           Recreation
 
Tuesday 14th July
*Same as Monday
08:00                                      Lectio Divina (Br Lawrence)           
09:00                                      Session – Desert Walk & Formation (Br Kevin)   
10:00                                      Tea / Coffee Break
10:30                                      Session – Input
11:45                                      Midday prayer
12:00                                      Lunch
14:00                                      Mass Singing Practice
14:30                                      Session – Group Discussions          
15:30                                      Tea / Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00                         Session – Report Back on Group Discussions    
*Same as Monday
 
Wednesday 15th July
*Same as Monday
08:00                                      Lectio Divina (Fr Boniface/Br Kevin)       
09:00                                      Session – Reconciliation & Forgiveness (Fr Max)            
10:00                                      Tea / Coffee Break
10:30                                      Session – Input
11:45                                      Midday prayer
12:00                                      Lunch
14:00                                      Mass Singing Practice
14:30                                      Session – Group Discussions          
15:30                                      Tea / Coffee Break
16:00                                      Session – Report Back on Group Discussions    
*Same as Monday
20:00                                      Taize Experience (Fr Max)
 
Thursday 16th July
*Same as Monday
08:00 -08:45                           Lectio Divina (Br Ghislain)
09:00                                      Session – (Sr Mary Thomas)            
10:00                                      Tea / Coffee Break
10:30                                      Session – Input
11:45                                      Midday prayer
12:00                                      Lunch
14:00                                      Session – Group Discussions          
14:30                                      Session – Report Back on Group Discussions
15:00                                      Tea/Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:45                         Evaluation/Group photo
17:30                                      Vespers
18:30 – 20:00                         Community Supper with Social Evening
 
 
Friday 17th July
*Same as Monday
09:00                                      Departure/Ngome Pilgrimage

 

becosa3junior15As the workshop was hosted by Inkamana Abbey, we followed the Inkamana monastery timetable of for prayers and meals. The whole group of participants joined the monks of the community in the monastery refectory for the meals. It was a great experience.
 
This was one of the remarkable workshops in the life of BECOSA. At the beginning one could feel the ice in the group but as time went by, things began to change. Topic presenters were well prepared and really gave good presentations. In retrospect, it was after all a good idea that all the speakers were chosen from within BECOSA and not from outside (as some members initially preferred).  I would like to believe that this workshop has brought change in the lives of all the participants (formators / organizers and BECOSA juniors). At the end of the workshop, a real, positive and visible difference could be seen in all who took part in it.  There was a good spirit (of sharing, cooperation and interaction) among the participants. It was indeed a time of a graceful time of learning and of growth.
 
Our gratitude goes to AIM. We are truly grateful for the help you gave us with a willing and open heart as always.  Monastic Formation workshops of this kind do not only help those in their initial formation but all of us (including formators and / or presenters as well. Thank you so much. May the good Lord reward you abundantly.
As formators in the BECOSA region we would to thank the office holder of BECOSA as well, for all the support they give us in organizing a successful Juniorate workshop. Thank you so much!
 


Report by Sr. Antoinette Ndubane OSB, on behalf of BECOSA Formators.

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