EXTRAORDINARY PROVINCIAL COUNCIL (EPC) 2004
15 Members of the Irish Province have completed their meeting in Cork. They included the Provincial Council, Irish Regional Superiors from Africa, representatives of the other countries in Africa where Irish SMA members work and delegates from Britain and Ireland. They were members of what is called the Extraordinary Provincial Council (EPC). The EPC is usually held twice during the six years between Provincial Assemblies.
The 2004 EPC was significant because it marked the half way stage between Assemblies and therefore provided an opportunity to review what has been happening to the various decisions and targets set by the Provincial Assembly in all the areas where members are working.
Opening the EPC 2004 on 16 June, the Provincial Superior referred to it as “another milestone in the history of the Province and an opportunity for renewal and rededication to the apostolate of the SMA”.
For the second week the Superior General, Fr Kieran O’Reilly, attended the meeting.
The EPC concluded on 23 June.
Front (left to right): Fathers Hugh Harkin (Secretary), Gerry Murray (Ireland), John Brown (Britain), Fachtna O’Driscoll (Provincial Superior), John Horgan (Vice-Provincial), Seamus Nohilly (Provincial Councillor), Padraic Devine (Kenya).
Back: Fathers Fergus Conlon (Zambia), Joe Egan (Ireland), Maurice Henry (Nigeria North), Paddy O’Rourke (Tanzania), Eamonn Finnegan (Provincial Councillor), Martin O’Farrell (Ireland), Tim Cullinane (Nigeria South), John Kilcoyne (South Africa), Colman Nilan (Ghana).