3Rwanda – Land of a thousand hills PAYS DES MILLE COLLINES AREA26,338 Sq.Km.PopulationCatholic64% (4,359,576)Protestant9 %Diocese9No of Parishes148Priests513Religious Priests170Religious Sisters1265Religious Brothers216Members Inst. Secular147Seminarians323Lay Catechists4030
4History of MEj YEAR RESPONSABLE PERSON 1953 Msgr. Laureant DEPRIMOZ Missionary of Africa (France)Religious Community of Bernadine (BUTARE) Groups at the Cathedral , Butare1994War (Genocide in Rwanda)1998Bro. Yuvenali Bukuru Bros of St Paul, Burundi, Revived the Movement, started MEJ groups in schools, Butare, printed booklets with financial assistance from Ms Afr.Movement spread in other dioceses – Kigali, Kibungo, Kabgayi, Cyangugu, Gikongoro, Nyundo by Religious Sisters, & Diocesan Priests.2005Election of 1st National Committee - Pilgrimage to Kibeho ( Shrine of Mary’s apparition – Mère du Verbe) ( since 2004 pilgrimage becomes an annual feature).2010P. Claudio, Sr. Lourdes, Jean Claude Ipungu visit Rwanda- openness to the International World.- An enlightening process begins of becoming ONE BODY to serve ONE LORD.2011An effort to start Apostleship of Prayer by a member of the National Committee – Xaverine UWIMANA- she recruits other lay people and forms a committee.Participation in the 2nd Panafrican meeting at Kinshasa, DRC2012Participation in the 1st World Congress.
5Meeting with Bro. Bukuru from Burundi who courageously KEPT the Movement alive after the war in 1994.L to R: BRO. Bukuru from Burundi who assisted in keeping the Movement alive in Rwanda, the National President Martin and Sr. Cynthia Rebello the Co-ordinator
65 etapes Feu Nouveau: 5-10 ans Jeunes Temoins: 11-13 ans Temoins Aujourd’hui: ansEquipe Esperance: ansEquipe Apostolique: 22 ans +
7PROMISE/COMMITTMENTThe MEJ Flag with four pillars: PRAYER, SERVICE, EUCHARIST, BE APOSTLES
8NATIONAL STRUCTURE Joint meetings often AP President Secretary M E JPresidentSecretaryTreasurerCouncil(Awaiting appointment of National Aumonier)Co ordinatorAPPresidentSecretaryTreasurerCouncilSpiritual Director (aumônier)Co-ordinatorJoint meetings often
12SING AND DANCE TO THE LORD/CHANTEZ ET DANSEZ POUR LE SEIGNEUR
13Annual Pilgrimage to Kibeho Sanctuaire de la Vierge marie
14Notre grande joie/ our great joy The start of Apostleship of Prayer ( AP) in 2010In 4 diocesesKigaliKibungoKabgayiRuhengeriThanks to the perseverance, generosity and sustained effort of President UWIMANA Xaverine
15Challenges/concerns Awaiting a National Aumonier A big challenge to start Apostleship of Prayer in some Dioceses without any letter of authorisation from the Director Delegate.Long distances pose problems like attendance at meetings, communication gaps etcFinancial strains to conduct camps, ongoing formation programs etc.