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He added, “Maybe our time also will come and pass and it will be time for another continent or another place (to be the axis of Catholicism). But God has it all. We just welcome the opportunity and then do our best to be part of the Church’s history and build on whatever values we got from our ancestors and from our founders.”
Following his ordination in 2000 and missionary life in Cameroon as a formator, Fr. Mayama was later commissioned to the United States for further studies. He assumed responsibility of chaplaincy at the Port-Huron hospital in Detroit from 2007 to 2008.
He then returned to Africa, taking up the formation ministry in Libreville, Gabon, from 2008 to 2010, when he was elected the Provincial Superior of his native Province of Congo Brazzaville.
Fr. Alain Mayama, Superior General of the Spiritans. Credit:Courtesy Photo
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In his position as Superior General of the Spiritans, Fr. Mayama will accompany more than 2,600 Spiritan missionaries who minister in 60 countries on the five continents, together with the thousands of lay people who share the spirituality and mission of the Spiritans.
Highlighting some of the priorities during his eight-year tenure, the Congolese Priest told ACI Africa that he will pay more focus on competency-based formation and mission as initially stipulated by the founders of the Spiritans.
Going forward, he said, one priority will be engaging Spiritians on “how to refocus our attention on mission in the footsteps of our founders, that is, the evangelization of the poor. How do we address the issue of going to our priority missions?”
He identified the challenge of finance, which is to be overcome if the Congregation is to have an impact in specific missions.
The focus, he said, will be to revisit the Congregation’s charism in terms of investment in particular missions proper to the Religious Order.
“If we go to Moroto in Uganda, for instance, we’ll need to make sure that confreres working there are well equipped to be able to respond to the needs of the people there. It shouldn't be the responsibility of Spiritans in Uganda to ensure that the needs are met. It has to be the responsibility of the entire Congregation,” he explained.
The Congregation will identify priority missions that need full support and all efforts will be put in place to support Spiritans in these missions, Fr. Mayama said.
On embracing competency-based formation, the new Superior General says members of the Congregation will need to undergo appropriate training to achieve relevant skills aligned to specific missions.
“We need to come out of the classical way of training missionaries. We have to make sure the personnel acquire competence,” the Spiritan Superior General told ACI Africa October 27.
He added, “In today's world, competency is very key in order to achieve something in the mission. So, we really have to reconsider the way we train our members in order for them to be ready to face the challenges of today.”
Participants in the Spiritan Chapter at Stella Maris Hotel, Bagamoyo in Tanzania's Morogoro Diocese 3-24 October 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo
The Spiritan Priest reiterated the message of the General Chapter of the Spiritans that took place in Bagamoyo, Tanzania on the theme, “Behold, I am doing something new” taken from the Prophet Isaiah, and called on his confreres to cooperate with God’s grace in their respective missions.
“The message to my confreres and lay Spiritans is to avail ourselves of the newness that God is realizing in us. We need to avail ourselves and to welcome that newness. It means that we have to cooperate with God's Grace because God is definitely doing something new in us and in our Congregation,” Fr. Mayama said.
He encouraged members of the 308-year-old missionary Congregation to “dispose ourselves to welcome the grace of God and to cooperate with that Grace and everything will be alright.”
“All members are aware of the challenges facing us, and they will definitely cooperate and accept God to work through them and to make our Congregation new once again,” the new Superior General of the Spiritans told ACI Africa October 27.
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