Following on from our annual meeting at la Verna, Vanderbijlpark, where pre-chapter commissions were set up to discuss matters relating to Dominican government, apostolic life, economic matters, common life, formation and studies, seven brothers representing the more than 30 Dominican Friars in southern Africa, are gathering at their Priory in Pietermaritzburg for the week 24 – 30 January for their elective chapter. They will elect a new vicar general and make resolutions about matters discussed at their annual meeting and of concern for the future of this vicariate.
A Dominican chapter is the highest authority in a province or vicariate until the new provincial or vicar general is sworn in. One might wonder how it is that the number of chapter members is so small. Dominicans pride themselves in being the originators of democracy and we entrust our representatives with a mandate to speak for us and decide on leadership, and define and resolve all matters pertaining to our way of life. The composition of the Chapter consists of the priors of our convents (we have two Priories), the outgoing vicar general, three delegates chosen by all the brothers and a brother elected from amongst the communities which are not priories.
The composition of this Chapter consists of the following brothers:
Our two priors
Brother Lewis Tsuro (Emaphethelweni Priory)
Brother Chaka Montanyane (Aquinas Priory, Mondeor)
Brother Martin Badenhorst
Brother Stan Muyebe
Brother Dominic Chihota
Brother Myke Mware (secretary general)
Former VG Brother Sikhosiphi Mgoza
These are the decision-makers and we entrust ourselves into their hands and look forward to decisions which will give us hope for the future. Assisting them in their tasks will be Brother Mark James who will act as secretary and our two visitors, Brother Dominic Izzo, who represents the Master of the Order, and Brother Emmanuel Ntakarutimana of Burundi, both of whom will facilitate the event, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and experience.