of brothers sometimes discouraged?
Willy Mayuma Kabangi, SJ
This meeting came at a good time in our
history as Jesuit brothers. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on the
future of the vocation of brothers in the Society of Jesus.
Father General's real interest in the
vocation of the brothers is confirmed by the organization of our colloquium. In
fact, the decrease in the number of brothers' vocations is a situation that
affects the universal Society. Our meeting gave us the opportunity to take
stock of the situation, from the beginnings of the history of the brothers in
the Society until today. The problem of the small number of brothers' vocations
is not simple and no immediate solution has been identified. It has been a
matter of reflection and awareness of the situation. We note with bitterness
that, in some cases, the few young men intended for the vocation of
"brother" are either diverted towards the priestly vocation or
discouraged by some of their companions who are priests or scholastics.
And yet, much effort has been made in
the formation of the brothers in various fields; but in concrete terms, one
does not see the rigorous and regular application of the proposed paths. The
palpable difficulties between scholastic brothers and scholastic priests push
some young people to lose interest in the vocation of brother in the Society of
meeting therefore supports my specific commitment as a vocation promoter and
also as a brother in the Society and in my Province of Central Africa. It
reinforces my awareness of the challenges for the future of our vocation. To go
further, we recommend the organization of the formation of the brothers by
diversifying their studies, in many fields, according to the needs of their
Province or of the universal Society.