OBITUARY

The Brothers of the Christian Schools of the District of Central Africa recommend to your prayers Brother Martin Leonardus SONNEMANS.

Brother Martin Leonardus SONNEMANS, formerly of the community of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Lomié, in the Diocese of Doumé-Abong-Mbang, passed away in the Central Hospital of Yaoundé, on 1 March 2023, at the age of 90, after 74 years of religious life.

Brother Martin Leonardus SONNEMANS was born on 27 September 1932 in Someren. He entered the novitiate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1949 and made his first vows in 1951 and perpetual vows in 1957.

Throughout his missionary life, Brother Martin devoted himself to the training of young catechists and farmers at the Agricultural and Livestock Centre. He was able to captivate the attention of the young students of the CETI Saint Joseph of Diang by his zeal for work and especially his love for a job well done.

Brother Martin was a religious who, despite his age, knew how to adapt to the different changes in society and the Church. With his young confreres, he was an example of fidelity through rigour and regularity in his activities, both professional and spiritual. His life was a living witness to Christ whom he served. Always keeping a smile on his face, he always made himself available to the requests of his confreres and of all those who needed his services. His humility led him to listen to his confreres and to offer free service. Brother Martin was always patient, even when it came to his return to the One he had served all his life. When asked what his secret was for holding out so long when even all his companions had returned to the Father’s house, he answered with a smile: “I am waiting”. Brother Martin knew how to wait for his time as a good and faithful servant.

Union of prayer for the rest of the soul of our dear Brother Martin.

NÉCROLOGIE

Chers Frères/ Lasalliens

Je vous salue dans le Nom de notre Seigneur et Sauveur Jésus-Christ, maître de nos vies, de notre mort et de notre résurrection. C’est dans cet esprit que je vous annonce la douloureuse et choquante nouvelle que l’un des nôtres, le Frère Peter Obi, FSC est décédé, ce jour, 22 février 2023, au jeune âge de 36 ans dont deux ans dans la Profession Perpétuelle. Il était directeur de la communauté de Naka et sous-directeur du programme de postulat de Naka, au Nigeria.  Il est tombé malade, admis à l’hôpital et aux soins fraternels des Frères lorsqu’il est décédé.

(-) Les dispositions pour les funérailles seront communiquées lorsque le Frère Godwin, coordinateur du secteur, se serait accordé avec l’évêque du diocèse catholique de Makurdi, le Révérend Wilfred C. Anagbe, CMF.

Unissons-nous dans la prière pour que l’âme de notre défunt frère soit accueillie par les anges au ciel. Prions également pour sa famille biologique et les Frères de la communauté de Naka qui sont actuellement inconsolables de ce choc.

 Unis dans la prière,

Frère Betre Fisseha,

Visiteur du Lwanga Disctrict of Africa

OBITUARY

Dear Brothers/ Lasallians 

Greetings through Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the author who holds the key to our life, our death and our resurrection; and it is in this spirit that I break to you the painful and shocking news that one of us, Br Peter Obi, FSC has passed away, this day, 22nd February 2023, at the young age of 36 and two-year-old in Perpetual Profession. He was serving as Director of Naka Community and Sub Director of the Naka Postulancy Programme Naka, Nigeria.  He took ill and was receiving treatment at the hospital and in the care of the Brothers when he passed on.

(-) The funeral arrangements will be communicated when Brother Godwin, the Sector Coordinator, has a conversation with the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Rev Wilfred C. Anagbe, CMF.

Let us unite in prayer for the soul of our deceased Brother to be welcomed by angels in heaven, also for his biological family and the Brothers in Naka community who currently are in shock and disbelief.

 United in Prayers,

Br Betre Fisseha,

Visitor of the Lwanga Disctrict of Africa

Nomination

Le Frère Supérieur général Armin Luistro, vient de nommer le Frère TOEPPEN Yawo Rodrigue Romain, Visiteur du District Lasallien de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (DILAO). Son mandat court du 1er juin 2023 au 31 mai 2027. Notons en passant que le DILAO est née de la fusion du District du Golfe du Bénin et du District d’Afrique de l’Ouest. Frère Rodrigue Romain en est le premier Frère Visiteur du DILAO.

Le Frère Visiteur Rodrigue TOEPPEN, originaire du Togo, est profès perpétuel depuis le 02 septembre 2006 dans la Congrégation des Frères des Écoles Chrétiennes. Il a servi comme Directeurs d’œuvres et de communautés au Bénin et au Togo. Il a également été Directeur général du Centre Lasallien Africain (CELAF-Institut) en Côte d’Ivoire. Il a été également capitulant au 46ème Chapitre Général de l’Institut. Depuis l’an 2020 jusqu’à nos jours, Frère Yawo est Directeur de l’enseignement catholique du Diocèse de Dapaong au Togo

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