As the yearly plan of the national council, the VMY Eritrea throughout the country had their 2016 national gathering on the third and fourth of December 2016 in Hebo, a village about 75 km from Asmara and a place where St. Jacob’s remaining lies.
With the theme, “Let’s preach love through obedience, following our beloved mother who through grace and her obedience was enabled to give birth to Love, our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Aside from the objective of gathering all members, this was also a venue to announce the 3rd National Assembly.
After all the members arrived on the 3rd of December, the parish priest Father Issayas welcomed the members. The program started by reciting the chaplet of the Divine Mercy. After lunch, the program continued until 11:30 PM. At first all the members got onto the stage representing their villages and introduced themselves. Later, a group discussion was done to evaluate the lives of the members, as per prayer life and Bible reading, which really was helpful not only to the National Council giving them an idea about the livelihood of its members but mainly because of the lesson heard as it was a sharing was from real life experience. A prayer program followed and had a lesson on the theme of the day by Father Fesshaye, which was very brief and well preached that really touched the heart of the members adding emphasis to the facts that we had been discussing in the afternoon. During the night time there was a recreational program with dramas and some other games. The program was ended with a prayer.
On the 4th of December 2016, the day started by reciting the Rosary and some meditation on the word of God before the Holy Mass. After the Holy Mass Mrs. Mhret Habtemichael the National President announced the date and place of the 3rd national assembly, and the topics that are put forward to be studied in the year of preparation. The 3rd National Assembly will be held in Asmara from December 08-10, 2017.
In addition, the National Secretary, Abiel kiflay gave some reports on the activities of the National Council. After, the council thanked all the members who worked hard to make the gathering go smoothly, and both the newly elected visitor of the CM, Father Girmatsion and Visitatrix of the DC, Sister Letegebriel gave their advices and assured everyone that they will do their best to help the association achieve our goals. The program at about 1:00 pm with a prayer and songs.
Glory to the Lord who was with us on each and every move we made!- VMY Eritrea