Abidjan, 24 January, 2020 / 3:00 am (ACI Africa).
The Episcopal Commission for Clergy, Seminaries and Pastoral Care of Vocations in the West African nation of Ivory Coast has announced an Extraordinary Congress on the life and ministry of priests, the first-ever, at the beginning of the second half of the year and called on well-wishers to donate toward the course viewed as “a new beginning in spiritual growth.”
Convened under the theme, “The priest in Ivory Coast in the face of situations that challenge his life,” the July 1-5 Congress is in line with the recommendations of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.
“We hope that it will be a new beginning in spiritual growth, in the realization of the priestly grace that all priests in Ivory Coast have received,” the Episcopal Chair of the Commission for Clergy, Seminaries and Pastoral Care of Vocations in Ivory Coast, Bishop Gaspard Béby Gnéba told journalists at a press conference at the headquarters of Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) in Abidjan Tuesday, January 21.
For priests and religious in Ivory Coast, this congress will be an opportunity to take stock of the years of priesthood, to take up the challenges and expectations in their following of Christ, the Ivorian Bishop said.
The work of the congress will be based on the “Instrumentum Laboris” prepared by the Episcopal Commission for the Clergy, a two-point working document bringing together a set of questions on the life and ministry of the priest in the Church Family of God, the Bishop of Ivory Coast’s Man Diocese explained.