|Nicaise Abedji was admitted to the seminary on December 3, 2013 as a member of Regnum Christi.|
Nicaise Abedji, is a diocesan seminarian for the Archdiocese of
Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and a Regnum Christi member.
for his university chaplain, Father Jean-Pierre Kutwa, while he worked
on his Masters in psychology. Fr. Kutwa would tell Nicaise
that he hoped that someday he would become a priest.
Today Father Kutwa is Cardinal Kutwa, the Archbishop of Abidjan
Nicaise started his own consultation business, but soon left it
behind to follow the call to the priesthood he had
been feeling since his childhood. Archbishop Kutwa asked Regnum Christi
to accompany Nicaise in his vocational discernment.
For several years
Nicaise ran the RC Mission Center in Abidjan. Now, after
his period of discernment, Archbishop accepted him as a diocesan seminarian
while Nicaise remains an active Regnum Christi member. Among other tasks
he has been entrusted with promoting the Movement. Hopefully, with
the help of shepherds like Nicaise, Regnum Christi will be
able to better evangelize African culture and better serve the
|Nicaise with other seminarians.|
Nearly 35 seminarians are studying in the Paul VI
Seminary. They go to philosophy and theology classes at the
Catholic University of West Africa (UCAO).
Regnum Christi began
in Ivory Coast in 2007 when a senior official met
a French Legionary of Christ in Mexico. Though adversely affected
by a political crisis that rocked Ivory Coast in 2011,
Regnum Christi continues to live out its mission in Ivory
Coast with ever greater confidence, seeking to better find their
role and how to support the Archdiocese of Abidjan.
is now present in the parish of St. Cecilia (Cocody).
Regnum Christi members there are part of the territory of
Western and Central Europe. They meet every Monday for formation
activities and every Thursday they organize Eucharistic hours in their
|Nicaise with the parish choir.|
parish. On Wednesdays they hold a prayer group devoted to
Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Apparently the image first arrived to
the Ivory Coast thanks to a group of young people
on mission from Mexico in 2008.)