MOUVEMENT EUCHARISITIQUE DES JEUNES RWANDA INKORAMUTIMA Z’UKARISTIYA STATISTICS Dioceses - 9 Butare-2700 Kabgayi- 2000 Kigali -2250 Nyundo- 667 Cyangugu - 2220 Kibungo- 2111 Gikongoro- 720 RuhengeriByumba- 92 TOTAL - 12760 RWANDA – LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS PAYS DES MILLE COLLINES AREA 26,338 Sq.Km. Population 11000000 Catholic 64% (4,359,576) Protestant 9% Diocese 9 No of Parishes 148 Priests 513 Religious Priests 170 Religious Sisters 1265 Religious Brothers 216 Members Inst. Secular 147 Seminarians 323 Lay Catechists 4030 HISTORY OF MEJ YEAR RESPONSABLE PERSON 1953 Msgr. Laureant DEPRIMOZ Missionary of Africa (France) 19801990 Religious Community of Bernadine (BUTARE) Groups at the Cathedral , Butare 1994 War (Genocide in Rwanda) 1998 Bro. Yuvenali Bukuru Bros of St Paul, Burundi, Revived the Movement, started MEJ groups in schools, Butare, printed booklets with financial assistance from Ms Afr. 20002010 Movement spread in other dioceses – Kigali, Kibungo, Kabgayi, Cyangugu, Gikongoro, Nyundo by Religious Sisters, & Diocesan Priests. 2005 Election of 1st National Committee - Pilgrimage to Kibeho ( Shrine of Mary’s apparition – Mère du Verbe) ( since 2004 pilgrimage becomes an annual feature). 2010 P. Claudio, Sr. Lourdes, Jean Claude Ipungu visit Rwanda- openness to the International World.- An enlightening process begins of becoming ONE BODY to serve ONE LORD. 2011 An effort to start Apostleship of Prayer by a member of the National Committee – Xaverine UWIMANA- she recruits other lay people and forms a committee. 2011 Participation in the 2nd Panafrican meeting at Kinshasa, DRC 2012 Participation in the 1st World Congress. MEETING WITH BRO. BUKURU FROM BURUNDI WHO COURAGEOUSLY KEPT THE MOVEMENT ALIVE AFTER THE WAR IN 1994. 5 ETAPES Feu Nouveau: 5-10 ans Jeunes Temoins: 11-13 ans Temoins Aujourd’hui: 14-17 ans Equipe Esperance: 18-21 ans Equipe Apostolique: 22 ans + PROMISE/COMMITTMENT NATIONAL STRUCTURE MEJ President Secretary Treasurer Council (Awaiting appointment of National Aumonier) Co ordinator Joint meetings often AP President Secretary Treasurer Council Spiritual Director (aumônier) Co-ordinator FORMATION PLANNING MEETINGS PRAYER TIME / PRIER SING AND DANCE TO THE LORD/CHANTEZ ET DANSEZ POUR LE SEIGNEUR ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KIBEHO SANCTUAIRE DE LA VIERGE MARIE NOTRE GRANDE JOIE/ OUR GREAT JOY The start of Apostleship of Prayer ( AP) in 2010 In 4 dioceses Kigali Kibungo Kabgayi Ruhengeri Thanks to the perseverance, generosity and sustained effort of President UWIMANA Xaverine CHALLENGES/CONCERNS Awaiting a National Aumonier A big challenge to start Apostleship of Prayer in some Dioceses without any letter of authorisation from the Director Delegate. Long distances pose problems like attendance at meetings, communication gaps etc Financial strains to conduct camps, ongoing formation programs etc.