Outline of the Project

  • The government of the Order should make a firm decision to launch the project.
  • The Bishops should be contacted to see if they are interested in receiving Friars into their dioceses.
  • It should be made clear to the Bishops and Friars that the aim of the new presence in Africa is to establish the Order (see “Motives”).
  • The choice of work to be undertaken should be precise, with special attention to:
    - The final aims of the Project
    - The special need of each concrete local Church
    - The talents and preference of the individual Friars or of the group with which they wish to work.
  • The Friars available should be suitably prepared through:
    - Study of the language and culture
    - Experiences of trans-culturisation 
    - Amalgamated groups before departure
    - Clear agreement on the work and style of life.
  • A directive group, 2 or 3 Friars, should keep in close contact with the Friars of the Project in the different countries through visits and assessment meetings.
  • The Project should be inter-provincial, despite whatever difficulty this may carry with it (sic!). The choice is inevitable given that no Province can take on a new mission on its own. Besides, it is good that the new mission acquires its identity right from the beginning. 
  • The Project must also be supported financially by various Provinces. Perhaps the Africa Project could give new meaning to the structure of the Conferences of the Order. 
  • It is clear that the General Curia can only take the initiative and encourage all who respond to the appeal. The Curia can only entrust the responsibility for its realisation to the various local Entities of the Order as it is without its own personnel and means.