Lagos, Nigeria. The General Prefect of Formation, Fr. Leo Dalmao, CMF, visited the formands and formators of the Delegation of West Nigeria. He first visited the Claret House of Theology, Ibadan on November 10, where he had intensive dialogue with the students and formators. Thereafter, he visited the Postulate House in Ibefun, Ijebu-Ode diocese. Among the highpoints discussed during his visit were: the joys and challenges of the religious life; the choice of the Claretians and not of any other diocese or religious congregation; and the motivating factor of opting for the religious life with the Claretian Congregation which is sometimes visibly seen but oftentimes may not be perceived immediately. Other matters were the challenges of opening up for incardination into other provinces and the difficulties of working in challenging mission lands. He cited with particular reference to the kidnapping of Fr. Victor Orpin, cmf who faced the horrors of being kidnapped.
On Monday, 13th November, he had a meeting with the formation team of the Delegation at the Curia House in Ojodu, Lagos. Principal issues discussed were the formators experiences in the formation houses. On his part Fr. Leo highlighted the need for an action Plan of Formation for the Delegation, accompaniment of the formandi, transparency in formation, a sense of JPIC to be inculcated into the formandi throughout their initial formation years up to ordination. He also intimated the meeting on areas the General Government is working to take the Congregation to carry out the Claretian mission. Present at the meeting were Frs. Leo Dalmao, Daniel Onyeayana, Francis Ofoegbu, Livinus Orakwe, Martin Udejiofor, Jude Igba and Terseer Ubi. It was a very fruitful and enriching encounter shared with joy of having him visit our Delegation.