Highlights of the National Council Meeting of the Pontifical Mission Societies PMS Held at DRACC Lugbe Abuja held From 9 – 12/5/2017
The EXCO held their administrative meeting a day earlier at the PMS National House to go over meeting proceedings.
The National Council Meeting (NCM) began in the evening of the 9th/5/2017 with attendance, setting agenda, assignment of tasks, submission of reports, setting of ground rules and reading of the previous minutes of the NCM and its attendant corrections.
Day Two began with Holy Hour and followed with the Eucharistic celebration and breakfast in that sequence.
The business of the day began with an opening prayer and the modalities of the day’s proceedings were set in motion by the National Director Fr. George Ajana. After he welcomed directors to the meeting he went on to present his report to the admiration of the house. After which inputs were made to his reports. The house went for a tea break recess afterwards.
On resumption, the Four National Secretaries of the PMS gave their reports beginning from Propagation of Faith(POF) by Fr. Solomon Zaku, he clarified the statues of the Young Missionary Movement (YOMM), and other related matters and he spoke well on the world mission Sunday preparations for 2017. The secretary for Holy Childhood Association(HCA) Sr. Bennet Ezeokoli IHM gave a comprehensive report of the activities of the arm foremost was the HCA national quiz to come up later in the year. A further clarification on the age of HCA members was made to begin from early childhood to the 13th birthday. Next in line was the secretary for Saint Peter Apostle (SPA), Fr. Stephen Dumbiri, who made passionate presentation on the Vocation Sunday and the roles of the SPA coordinators in the dioceses. Finally the National secretary for Pontifical Missionary Union (PMU), Fr. Tobias Osigwe made his concise presentation.
At the evening session of day two provinces who had typed reports presented. The evening session was rounded up with announcements and vesper after which directors went in for their dinner and rest.
Day three began with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which was followed by breakfast. The day’s proceeding were halted largely due to the bishop scheduled to address the directors was entangled in a web of colluding appointments. However the day’s proceedings went on with a presentation on the duties of the PMS Diocesan Director by Fr. George Ajana, the National Director. After the informative presentation, the National Director called for a review of previous Vocation Sunday celebration and collections made across the dioceses of the country. Then the Diocesan directors were given a CV forms to update their data for the office use. The day’s meeting session ended afterwards. The National Director thanked all for the meaningful contributions. Animation materials were distributed at the end of the session
Lunch was served afterwards, then the group went on excursion first to the National Ecumenical Centre Abuja, then to the Papal Ground at Kubuwa and finally to Holy Rosary Parish where we celebrated Mass with the parishioners who coincidentally where holding a parish Marian retreat. A banquet was held in honour of the visiting PMS Directors facilitated by Abuja Archdiocese organized in the parish. The meal was sumptuous and scrumptious. The directors returned to DRACC to retire for the day in preparation for departure the next morning.
Day four began with an early Mass for travelers at the centre’s chapel. Those who were still around attended the Mass and prayed for all travelers and for the successful implementation of all discussed during the meeting at the dioceses. Breakfast was served after the Mass and we all headed home to meet again at the next appointed time.
Fr. John Kekwap Migap
National Council Secretary