Madagascar

The Delegation will begin the Pauline Year on 29 June 2008 with a solemn Eucharistic Cele-bration presided over by Archbishop Odon Razanakolona. This event coincides with the 25th anniversary of foundation of the FSPs in Madagascar. During the Eucharistic Celebration, 4 sisters will make their first professions and 3 will make their perpetual professions.
 
In preparation on the apostolic level: a series of booklets on St. Paul written by local authors. The titles in the series are: Who Is St. Paul?, St. Paul and Hope, St. Paul and the Church, St. Paul and Joy, St. Paul and Communication, St. Paul and Work, St. Paul and Prayer. Coming soon: a calendar proposed by SIA.

Antananarive – Promoting Paul with Passion 
Even as the various media keep us informed about the tense and sorrowful socio-political events unfolding one after another in Madagascar these days, the Daughters of St. Paul, who yearn to be “instruments of peace and fraternity” in this nation through their mission of communication, are striving to celebrate the Pauline Year in a meaningful way by promoting their most recent production: eleven pamphlets that will help people get to know and love the Apostle Paul. Each booklet focuses on a theme pertinent to the Christian life: prayer, faith, joy, hope, work, communication, love, the Church, communion…. All the pamphlets were written by local authors, including Sr. Seheno Noeline, fsp, who launched the series with a reflection entitled, “Who Is the Apostle Paul?”
 
The series was presented to the public on 22 January 2009 in the FSP book center of Antananarive. All the city’s parishes and formation/study centers were invited to the event by means of announcements broadcast via national radio and Don Bosco radio. Another effective means of advertising was via email. In this way, our sisters were able to reach a wide range of the public and the response was excellent. Lay persons, priests, men and women religious and even a bishop flocked to the book center, arriving in such numbers that the center couldn’t hold everyone and some had to stand outside.
 
On 24 January, our sisters of Tuléar in southern Madagascar also launched the pamphlet series and here too many people attended the event, including the Archbishop and the regional Communications Director. On 25 January, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the series was promoted in all the parishes of Tuléar with a single desire: to give as many people as possible the chance to get to know the Apostle of the Gentiles.

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