WEST NIGERIA: TO TURN PARISHES INTO PLACES OF EXPLANATION, STUDY AND A DEEPENING OF THE WORD OF GOD

The Assembly of the Delegation of Western Nigeria held in 2001 made a firm commitment to spreading the Word of God.

westnig1This required a dedicated team to raise awareness of the Bible, and to preach in retreat centres about the Word.  This team has already published several pamphlets, in a collection called “Servants of the Word,” about catechetical and religious issues from the point of view of the Word of God.

Also in the parishes of the Delegation, conferences were systematically organised, about the Bible.  Daily reading, in public, about the Word of God is also practised; reflections have been inserted in the parish bulletins; holding the rite of ‘enthronement’ of the Bible in homes; promoting Lectio Divina; spreading the Sunday homily through media, etc.

Another initiative is to put into Churches, a kind of suggestion box where the faithful suggest biblical themes which are then addressed in parish conferences.

It is a commitment to put the Word of God at the centre of apostolic activities in the parishes, converting them into platforms for study, reflection and spreading the Word.

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