At the beginning of each pastoral year, we notice changes in Salesian communities. Confreres receive new appointments and often change houses. On Saturday August 15, 2020, the confreres of the IFAK community and representatives of the teachers, workers and collaborators, said goodbye to Father Danko Litrić who has just completed his six-year term as director of the community and to Father Vénuste Ntigurirwa who was the Economer for the past two years.
These two confreres have received a new mission: Father Danko is appointed in the community of Rango (Huye), in southern Rwanda, while Father Vénuste will be in the parish of Rukago, in northern Burundi. It was the opportunity for the confreres and collaborators to say thank you for everything they have been during all the time they have just spent in this community.
A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated and presided over by Father Danko, surrounded by Father Vénuste and other confreres. After the Eucharist, a fraternal meal was offered to the guests and words of thanks were pronounced. Father Danko first thanked God for having supported him in his mission as director and for having granted good physical and spiritual health to all the confreres in his community. He then took the opportunity to thank all those with whom he was able to collaborate in the exercise of his apostolate. As for Father Vénuste, in such moments, we must above all thank the Lord. For those he offended, he asked for forgiveness. He also expressed his gratitude to all who supported him, in one way or another, in his apostolate and service as steward.
Father Jean Bosco Ntirenganya, who was vicar of the community and currently director of the work, addressed a word to these two confreres on behalf of the community. In his address, he referred to the good climate which characterized the community in particular and all sectors of the apostolate in general during this period which has just passed; he encouraged them in their new apostolate and promised them to pray that the Lord could continue to bless the young with their hand.
In the same context, the president of the Centrale committee spoke of the grandiose work of construction of the Church of Mary Help of Christians of KIMIHURURA which was carried out during the mandate of Father Danko. He thanked the community and especially Father Danko who spared no effort or fatigue to make this dream come true. Finally, he presented the desire of Christians to have a parish in Kimihurura, a desire that is still current both on the part of the confreres and on the part of all Christians. This chapel was blessed and dedicated to Mary Help of Christians on January 31, 2018 by His Excellency Archishop Thaddée NTIHINYURWA, former Archbishop of Kigali.
In recognition, some gifts were offered to these two colleagues.