The Brothers of the Holy Family of Burkina Faso, were born in the Apostolic Vicariate of Ouagadougou, in the parish of St Paul of Guilongou with a group of catechists students in 1945. The first profession was held on 8 January, 1950, they were 5 Brothers in the first Community of Guilongou. On 12 February, 1952, the Postulancy of the Brothers is moved to Sâaba, some 15 from Ouagadougou.
The years 1952-1958 were a hard period for the Brothers. The spiritual background was faulty and no Fathers were willing to take care truly of the formation of the future Brothers. Bishop Soquet, the Bishop of Ouagadougou, addressed then to the Superior General of the Brothers of the Holy Family of Belley, Brother Tharcisius, asking for help.
On 3 October, 1958, Brother Camille MERCIER (France), Brother Sylvester PIA (Italy), and Brother Alonso RODRÍGUEZ (Spain) reach Ouagadougou. They took soon charge of the formation of the Brothers, of the organization of the Communities and of the different activities in order to give new life to the young Congregation.
On 2 February, 1959, Rome signed a decree of the merging (No. 1640/58) between the two Congregations. This union brought dynamism and trust; it was noticed especially in the identity, the apostolate, the vocation and the formation. The three elder Brothers were John-Baptist BUNKUNGU, John-Mary KOALGA and Louis BAZIE, who after three months of novitiate in the Institute of the Brothers of Belley, were admitted to make perpetual profession in the same Institute on 30 March, 1959. From now on, the Congregation of the Brothers of the Holy Family of Belley, founded by Brother Gabriel TABORIN, was rooted in the African land, in a Mission land, having Sâaba as the main House.
Mission of the Communities
The Brothers of the Holy Family in African lands have been always sensitive to the vocations and formation of the Brothers. Concerning the pastoral work, their effort has been to care for the needs of the education of the youth, both formal education and non-formal education, also in the professional formation as well as the formation of catechists. The different Communities of the Province respond to these different concerns.
- Religiousformation: Community of Sâaba.
- Education in schools: Sâaba, Moukassa, EGT, St Anne of Nanoro, Holy Family of Pissy, Wend Manegda and Holy Family of Tanguiéta.
- Education in social centres: Goundi, Laafi-Ziiga, Roulou.
- Professional and technical formation: Fada N’Gourma, Establishment Gabriel Taborin, St Anne of Nanoro, CFPP of Saba and centre Holy Family of Sâaba.
- Formation of catechists: Imasgo, Gyalguenou, Namoungou.
- Community in Mission (care for the Shrine): Ars (France).
- Collaboration with the Bishops’ Conference of Burkina: University Saint Thomas of Aquinas (USTA) /Sâaba.
- Welcoming Centres: Welcoming Centre Notre Dame de Lorette (Ougadougou), Welcoming Centre « Foyer Sylvester PIA » (Laafi Ziiga), Foyer Saint Anne 2011 (Nanoro).
- Mission ‘ad gentes’: To promote new vocations and to enculturate the charism of Br. Gabriel Taborin in new foundations: Community of Tamale (Ghana) and Community of Tanguietá (Benin). Missionary presence of Brothers in France, Philippines and Indonesia.
To promote the culture of vocations in the aspirancy and in the schools.
The initial, religious and professional formation of the Brothers.
To continue new foundations in Africa (English as well as French speaking countries).
To reinforce the Inculturation of the Religious Life in Africa.
|PROVINCIAL COUNCIL 2019 -2022|
|Provincial Superior||Fr. Julien Zoungrana|
|1st Councillor|| Fr. Victor Sawadogo
|2nd Councillor|| Fr. Honoré Ouédraogo
|3rd Councillor|| Fr. Emmanuel Zongo
|4th Councillor|| Fr. Marius Bayala
|* Sâaba||1952||Formation House (aspirancy, novitiate, scholasticate). “Centre Holy Family”. Workshop of metal carpentry which produces the “Volanta” Pump. “St Joseph School”.|
|* Ouagadougou||1953||Headquarters of the Province. Centre of Welcome Notre Dame of Lorette. Brothers work in the printer of the Diocese. “Attention to the merchants of the market” and students Brothers in University.|
|* Koudougou||1961||“School Joseph Moukassa”. Primary, Secondary, Intermediate. Pastoral Work in school and in the other schools of the area.|
|* Imasgo||1965||School of Catechists of the Diocese of Koudougou.|
|* Goundi-Laafi Ziiga||1966||Centres of Vocational Training with youth with difficulties and offer them a formation: mechanic, welding, agriculture and livestock, etc.“Home Sylvester Pia”: Welcome of university students.|
|* Nanoro||1972||“Saint Anne High Professional School” (1994) with specialities in agronomy and zootechny. Missionary cooperation in rural area. Primary School.|
|* Fada N’Gourma||1994||“Centre of Vocational Training”: mechanics, electricity… “School” of Primary and Secondary. Pastoral Work.|
|* Ouagadougou||1994||“School Wendmanegda”. Primary, Secondary and Intermediate. Pastoral Work.|
|* Nyonko||1994||“School Gabriel Taborin”: Primary, Secondary, Intermediate. Vocational Training: Mechanics, auto electronics… Pastoral Activities.Centre of welding and mechanics, garage.|
|* Ouahigouya||2001||Collaboration with diocese. Catechesis, radio, workshop.Pastoral animation in school and parish.|
|* CFC – Gyalguen||2001||School of Catechists. Technical Centre.|
|* Pîisy (Ouaga)||2001||“School Holy Family”. Primary, Secondary, Intermediate.Pastoral Activities.|
|CFPP/USTA(Sâaba)||2008||Centre of Pastoral Formation and Professional Formation of Teachers. Management of the Catholic University St Thomas of Aquinas.|
|Tanguietá||2008||“School Father Chazal” Secondary School. Vocation Promotion and Pastoral of Families.|
|Ars||1849||Animation of the Sanctuary, welcome and animation of groups of pilgrims. This Community belongs to the Province of Santa Ana|