In Kigoma, in the presence of Superior General and president of Fracarita International and Fracarita Belgium, Bro. René Stockman, the inauguration of the Aqua Lodge Hotel took place. Aqua Lodge is a small hotel with – for the time being – nine fully equipped rooms and a modern conference room, which the Brothers of Charity in Tanzania want to use to generate extra income to support their apostolic activities.
On Tuesday, 17 January 2017, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Congregation of the Brothers of Charity and the local authorities in Shinyanga, Tanzania. This means that the Brothers of Charity got the go-ahead to take over the management of the Buhangija Special Education Boarding School.
On Saturday, 14 January 2017 a new day centre for children with intellectual disability was inaugurated in Tabora, Tanzania.
In the presence of the children, the teachers, many parents and friends of the Brothers of Charity, the extension of the Saint Peter’s School was solemnly inaugurated and consecrated on Thursday, 22 December 2016.
On the occasion of Christmas and New Year, Bro. René Stockman has written his annual Christmas Letter. Read it here.
The latest issue of Deus Caritas Est, the congregational periodical of the Brothers of Charity, is out. Forty pages of information and reflections on spirituality and the apostolic works of the Brothers of Charity.
From 2 to 6 December 2016, the General Council met with the provincial superiors for their annual meeting. This time, Indonesia was chosen as the meeting place.
In conclusion of the General Assembly of the Union of Superiors General (USG), the superiors general were received in audience by Pope Francis. The audience took place in the Synod Hall where the Pope engaged in dialogue with the attending superiors general for three hours in a very informal and friendly manner.
The Congregation of the Brothers of Charity is delighted with the creation of Mgr. Jozef De Kesel, Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium as Cardinal by Pope Francis.
On World Mental Health Day, the 5th Dr. Guislain Award ceremony was held in New York. The Dr. Guislain Award is a joint initiative of the Museum Dr. Guislain of the Brothers of Charity and Janssen Research & Development.