Entries by David GIBSON

The Re-Birthing of God

“The Re-birthing of God”was the title  Senan D’Souza chose for the workshop on spirituality. He based his sessions on material from John Philip Newell, as well as much other material. It proved an inspiring choice as the group was led through familiar themes but opened up in new and creative ways… reconnecting with our journey, […]

The Journey So Far

From all corners of the wind we came. We travelled by air, sea a nd road and converged on the International Postulancy at Bo, Sierra Leone. Our purpose was to attend Part Two of the West African Orientation Program that had been jointly planned by Transition Support Team (TST) in collaboration with the DLT of […]

Vibrant and Cohesive Communities

Creating Vibrant and Cohesive communities   We started to create community using a useful framework called “Standards of Presence” (adapted from The Foundation for Inspired Learning). Two ‘standards’ stood out … “Be fully present” and “Practice self care and self responsibility”. These have now become targets for the four weeks ahead of the Ndei Liwa […]

The Opening Ritual

On Tuesday, 6thAugust, the Brothers from West Africa District gathered in Bo to come together for the second session of the orientation programme, Ndei Liwa(the Core of Brotherhood). The theme of the opening ritual was ‘Regathering to further deepen our brotherhood. The seven participants together with Francis Hall, Ruvan Rebello and David Gibson met at […]

The Missioning Ceremony

Today the Missioning Ceremony of the 5thOrientation Programme  took place when the 15 Brother participants  gathered in the Little Daughters of St. Joseph Retreat Centre along with invited guests.  This was be an important moment for the Brothers when they were being missioned back to their respective countries. The choir from Edmund Rice School Embulbul […]

Final Evaluation

Today was the final day of the Orientation Programme and was devoted to evaluating the whole experience.  Bev Watkinson, from the Ruban Centre, conducted the morning’s work. She began by stressing that every experience requires us to reflect on it so that we can learn and then apply the learning to our daily lives and […]


  Today Amandi and Bill began the day with looking back on what had been done the previous day and taking some of the reflections from the Brothers. Then, they enacted a role play where a Brother returned to his community and attempted to introduce some of the spiritual practices that they had experienced during […]


Today began a two-day process of helping the participants to think about how best to re-enter their communities.  The process was facilitated by the Community Support Team from the East Africa District comprising Tom Kearny, Bill Colford and Amandi Mboya.  The session began with the team playing the song Follow Me which led to a good discussion […]

Holistic Approach to Ministry

Hedwig continued her workshop on a Rights-Based Sustainable Mission by stressing the difference between the banking approach to education and the pedagogy of the oppressed.  In the former approach, the teacher is considered the one with all the information while the student is a passive receptacle for the knowledge being handed down.  In the latter […]

Rights-Based Sustainable Development

Rights-based sustainable mission This two-day workshop is being facilitated by Hedwig Nafula from the Wholistic Leadership Group.  Hedwig began by stressing the importance of recognising the part that God plays as we are being sent to serve.  She outlined the elements of the workshop as: Learning project language The move from charity, needs-based approach to […]