News from Rwanda
My vocation journey in the Province of St. Francis of Africa Madagascar and Mauritius reflects a bit on the situation that was in the vice- Province and the challenges of the first missionaries who started the new project of the Order of Friars Minor in Africa. The first friars arrived in Rwanda in 1983. The first friar that I met, at the beginning of 1984, was...
The Sunday after Christmas was supposed to be a casual day for me. The arrangement with Friar Kizito was very simple – I would conduct the mass at 7.30, and he would conduct the mass for baptism at 10 o’clock. And so it was arranged - at least that’s what I thought. So, after finishing the morning mass, I began doing some paperwork regarding school issues. But then I noticed the procession scene in front of the church and was impressed by it. I even decided to take some photographs of the richly coloured parishioners lead by beautifully dressed dancers.
They do not call Rwanda the Land of Eternal Spring for nothing! Everything is always green everywhere in this country. Even the temperature is constantly balanced at an almost ideal 27 degrees. Okay, we do “freeze” a little bit at a “cold” 18 degrees during the night, and we do have to live with heavy rainfall lasting one hour each day for two months a year. But at Christmas Rwanda is truly heaven!