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Final day for the Leadership Workshop on Faith and Praxis.



We started the day with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 6:30am. In his sermon, Rev. Fr Dominic Apee, main celebrant and facilitator of the workshop stressed that to stay awake does not mean to deny oneself of sleep but to be spiritually alert. He encouraged us, his congregants never to lose sight of nourishing our souls. After the Eucharistic celebration we moved to the dining hall for breakfast. By 7:45, Brothers were seated in the conference hall, waiting for the first session of the day to commence.

Eventually, we were ushered into it by an opening prayer at about 8:00am. Participants were given the avenue to recap what they learnt on previous day. Without hesitation, participants shared lots of their thoughts and feelings. Some of the points were expressed as follows:

  • The groups’ discussions on the ‘Generational Dialogue’ was very helpful.
  • That exercise opened us up to discover the many material, spiritual, and emotional gifts which God endowed in us.
  • Human beings are earthenware jars. One’s fitness is depended on how one handles oneself.
  • Both young and old generations need each other for our heritage to continue.
  • If the congregation has to grow, the younger generation has to keep working hard since the older members’ contributions are limited.
  • There is a crucial need to always involve all generations in congregational affairs which affects all members.

This exercise took us to 8:40am.

Hereafter, we delved into various leadership styles. Prominent among these styles included the following:

  1. Hierarchical model.

A model which has clear articulation of vision, but power is vested in the leader to decide, direct and control everything in order to achieve the purpose of the system.

  1. Swamp Model.

A model with an unclear vision and boundaries. In this group power comes from individuals and interest groups while leadership spends lot of time walking around the swamp and changing the goalposts.

  1. Wheel Model.

Its boundaries are clear, there is commitment to the mission, and because of that there is value of interdependence. Hence, power resides in the members and in the leaders.

  1. Integrated Model.

This model is made up of relevant approaches to leadership which are drawn from the hierarchical, swamp and wheel models to form this new model. In this model, power comes through inner authority and understanding of membership. It is connected to the integrity with which each part of the organization lives out the mission. Inclusion comes through the ability to take up ones role as a member of the organization.


It was a lovely session, characterized by sharing of opinions thereby making it participatory. At 10:00am, the group went on coffee break.

We resumed at 10:30am. This time, participants were taken through the topics, Transforming Experience Framework into authentic action in ROLE”. This has to do with the domain of experience. That is, the system, the context and the person and how they are connected to the faith – source; “Working hypotheteses”.  According to the facillitator, this has three elements namely:

  1. It identifies a pattern of behaviour which is being explored (what is happening here?)
  2. It offers a possible explanation for that behaviour (why it is happening - the ‘because clause’)
  1. It identifies evidence which would confirm or disconfirm the hypothesis

The facilitator also provided us with some insight about ‘POWER’ and ‘Authority’. According to him, both are needed. Different kinds of power he said are the personal power, instrumental power, projected power and official power. In summing up with a touching discussion on power and authority, the facilitator emphasized that if leaders keep the aim of the entity centrally in mind and brief others about the system, aim, and tasks, then they will be drawing upon their personal power, and others will experience them as competent leaders.

On the other hand, If power, their attention will be given to who reports to whom. Then, there will be:

  •  communication problems
  •  lack of attention to improving personal skills or building trust

After having exhausted that entire he, the facilitator had planned to deliver, curtains were drawn for the workshop at 12:20pm.


The Provincial Superior facilitated the evaluation of the entire workshop. What was prevalent from participants’ submissions was the fact that the workshop organization, facilitation, delivery, participants’ participation, accommodation and meals were quite good. They expressed the interest for its third phase. The Facilitator on his part, commended participants for their active participation and sharing throughout the programme.

A vote of thanks was delivered and a token in a form of and envelop presented to the Facilitator. Closing prayer was said at 12:50pm.

By Bro. Clovis Baaka


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