Nazarene Fraternity of Fada
The Nazarene Fraternity of Fada was formed in October 2008 with 7 couples. Br. Epiphanes Belembaogo, of the Community of Brothers of the Holy Family of Fada N’Gourma, was its constant companion and saw growing this “little plant” in the garden of the pastoral care for the families. The “sending to the mission” of these couples took place on 26 March 2009 in the Chapel of St Anne of the centre of professional formation of Gourma in Fada (PSC).
On 29-30 June 2010, Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, in the Cathedral of St Joseph of Fada, the Fraternity was officially introduced to the Christian community in the presence of Brother Superior Provincial. On this occasion, there was a call to join the Fraternity all those who so wanted (baptized, catechumens, married or not). A Brother delegated by the Provincial Council has been designated to accompany them as a chaplain.
GOAL: The members of the Nazarene Fraternity, together with the Brothers, want to live the charism of Brother Gabriel Taborin with the Holy Family of Nazareth (Jesus, Mary and Joseph), as guide and model to irradiate prayer, work and charity. They want to make of their family places of announcement of the Gospel, fulfilling so with their vocation of witnesses in the life of Christian family called to the sanctity. The Fraternity want to be fed of the spirit of family of Nazareth as a source of spirituality.
ACTIVITIES: The plan of activities is prepared every year by all the members of the Fraternity and changes according to the need that marks the annual plan of activities. The main lines are:
a) Spiritual: First Saturdays of every month, the Fraternity gathers for the prayer. It is organized and animated by turns, based on the Word of God, following the topics and the liturgical season. The aims of our Fraternity lead us to develop the cult to the Holy Family and Vble. Br. Gabriel Taborin through themes of daily meditations.
b) Formation: Once a month, the formation is given to the Fraternity following the topics chosen for the whole year and considering various aspects:
- Spiritual: Topics like faith, sacraments, life of the Church, forgiveness, Christian education, mission of Christian family in the proclamation of the Gospel, Holy Family of Nazareth as model, Br. Gabriel’s charism and its application in our families, etc.
- Intellectual: Literacy (according to the necessity).
- Socio-pastoral: Diverse topics on the management of family conflicts, cultivation in the family of values such as peace, tolerance, dialogue, sense of listening, respect for the other, cultivating confidence in the other and mutual respect, etc.
c) Exchange of experiences: One a trimester, there is an exchange of experiences among the members of the Fraternity in family life, education of children, family problems, etc. other families can be invited to participate if they are in need of.
Besides the feast of the Holy Family, the Fraternity has instituted the feast of the children in the Epiphany.
The members of the Fraternities will participate in international meetings with other Fraternities, and with this, they try to maintain fruitful relationships of collaboration, exchange of experiences, etc.
The Fraternity is still in its beginnings, needs of counsel, guide and support to assure a better mission as member of the Sa-Fa Family for the Glory of God.
Nazarene Fraternity of Sâaba
The Nazarene Fraternity of Sâaba was born in 2016. At the invitation of the Community of Brothers of the Holy Family of Sâaba, a group of 10 persons has responded to form a Fraternity. It is formed by lay people who used to come for the liturgical celebrations of the Community of Brothers. The Fraternity, in this year 2017, has been increased by the adhesion of some young students of the Apostolic Youth Holy Family. The Fraternity prays together every Thursday (6-7pm), and has meetings with the Community of Brothers and with other families.
A plan of formation and activities is helping the new Fraternity to discover the Holy Family Spirituality and to live it out in the society of Burkina Faso.