Simple Profession in Lomé (Togo)
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic with the many restrictions in place, especially lockdown, the First Profession of 9 novices from Senegal, Ghana, Malawi and Madagascar took place on 1 May, 2020 at the Saint Richard Pampuri Interprovincial Novitiate in Lomé (Togo). It was a simple celebration in a calm and prayerful atmosphere, during the Solemn Mass of Saint Richard Pampuri and the 1 May Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker in the chapel of the Interprovincial Novitiate at Agoe-Nyivé. It was presided over by Brother Jacob Tambe Ketchen, Master of Novices, in the presence of Brother Darius representing our neighbouring Junior Seminary, and Brother Parfait TCHAO, the Delegate of the Provincial Superiors.
In his homilies, Brother Jacob addressed words of encouragement to the newly-professed Brothers, saying that, "Profession is a birth, and it is in this worldwide silence that your birth is taking place. It is in this health crisis that you are being called to take on your responsibility as Hospitallers. You are being called to nurse the world under the pandemic, the pandemic of violations of human dignity: disease, violence of all kinds, injustices, rejections, abandonments... and let us be mindful that the scapular is not a crown but a sign of humility and service.”