Tagaytay, Philippines. On Saturday 3 March, 17 young men from Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and DR Congo began their novitiate with the Brothers of Charity.
Bangui, Central African Republic – 16 February 2018. During the visit of Superior General Bro. René Stockman to the brothers in the Central African Republic, Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, archbishop of Bangui, blessed the new psychiatric centre.
Johannesburg, South Africa – 19 January 2018. In the early morning, Bro. Constantino Kaunda, Regional Superior of the Saint Paul region, and Bro. Antoine Colpaert, Regional Bursar and Superior of the Florida community, lost their lives in a terrible accident in Johannesburg on their way from the airport to the convent in Florida. The Congregation lost two very valuable members in these two brothers.
In the Provincial House of the Lazarists in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Bro. Dawnson and Bro. Godfrey professed their perpetual vows.
On Tuesday 9 January 2018, the first important step was taken in the development of a small-scale day centre for children with intellectual disabilities in Yirgachaffe, Ethiopia.
Brother René Stockman, Superior General of the Brothers of Charity, has been elected a director of the International Confederation of Catholic Health Care Institutions.
One brother from Pakistan, two brothers from Congo and two brothers from Tanzania committed themselves to life as a Brother of Charity.
On 10 October 2017, World Mental Health Day, the Dr. Guislain Museum and Janssen Research & Development, LLC named Dr. Sotheara Chhim the 2017 winner of the Dr. Guislain “Breaking the Chains of Stigma” Award. The award honors Dr. Chhim for his extraordinary efforts developing mental health services in Cambodia through scientific therapeutic approaches.
On 10 October, World Mental Health Day, Bro. Stockman received a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ at the Burundi Embassy on behalf of the Congregation.
From 2 to 6 October, the brothers from Vietnam and China came together for a retreat at ‘les Foyers de Charité’ in Dong Nai near Ho Chi Minh City. The retreat was led by Bro. René Stockman, Superior General. On Saturday 7 October, two brothers professed their perpetual vows: Bro. Jose, as the first Chinese brother, and Bro. Dominic from Vietnam.