Grand Bassam, 18 October, 2019 / 2:35 am (ACI Africa).
The contribution of the Little Work of Divine Providence (Orionists) in the evangelization ministry has been acknowledged with appreciation as members of the international religious congregation with presence in eight African countries are holding their first ever General Assembly on the African soil.
“The work (by Orionists) is great because people everywhere are rushing to the hospital; the technical school has been set up for the professional training of our young people, and the sanctuary is a place of prayer for so many people from all over the Ivory Coast," the Vicar General of Grand Bassam Diocese in Ivory Coast, Fr. Jean Kouassi Bonzo said during the opening mass for the fifth General Assembly of the Orionists held last Sunday, October 13 at St. Peter Claver’s Parish, Bounua, south east of the country.
“We appreciate the quality of this work and we wanted, by our presence, to express our gratitude to the Orionist fathers,” Fr. Bonzo added, emphasizing the impact of the presence of the members of the religious institute also known by its founder and first leader, Italian-born St. Luigi Orione.
Guided by the phrase in the writings of their founder St. Luigi Orione “Only charity will save the world,” the Orionists focus on evangelization and promotion of the poor through charitable works.
In Ivory Coast, the Orionists are in the south in Bonoua and Anyama, and in the north in Korhogo where they run schools, youth vocational training centres as well as a centre for the disabled.