BBDF – The Bight of Benin District-in-Formation in 2009
The BBDF covers the territory of Benin Republic, Niger, Nigeria and the Central African Republic.
Bight of Benin DF
Fr Basil Soyoye SMA (Nigeria)
Fr Francis Barka-Nado
Bight of Benin District in Formation
The missionary priorities of the District-in-Formation can be summed up as “a commitment to mission ‘ad gentes’ and ‘ad vitam’, particularly in areas of Primary Evangelization”.
The DF has 47 permanent members who come from Benin (9 priests, 1 deacon), Central African Republic (7 priests), Nigeria (27 priests, 3 deacons). The 43 priests are working in 12 different African countries as well as Canada (parish), Italy (studies), Netherlands (parish) and the USA (studies). The 4 deacons will be ordained in June and July 2009. All four are going out of their own countries to other African countries.
The District-in-Formation also has 11 seconded members, on loan from other SMA units. They are working full-time for the DF in the Formation Houses, in Administration or in Fundraising.
The Bight of Benin DF Council: (from left) Fathers Francis Barka-Nado,
Tim Cullinane, Basil Soyoye, Michel L’Hostis and Maurice Henry
Fr Basil describes his life as SMA
Missionaries from the DF are engaged in
- pastoral (parish) work, particularly in areas of Primary Evangelization,
- administering programmes for those suffering from HIV/Aids,
- ministering to marginalised groups in some countries, running literacy programmes,
- searching for sources of clean water,
- developing relations with Islam,
- building and administering schools etc.
In 2009 seven members will be ordained Deacons and they will, please God, be ordained priests in 2010. They are completing their studies at one of the three SMA Houses of Theology in Africa – in Kenya, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.
Further information can be got from the DIF Secretary at [email protected]