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Modifications introduced in the Constitutions will enter into force on 6 June 2010

 

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Acts of the XXI General Chapter

26/05/2010: General House

The XXI General Chapter, in its last session on 10 October, delegated to the General Council the responsibility for the official publication of the chapter texts. In December 2009, it published the Document of the XXI General Chapter – “With Mary, go in haste to a new land” (see).

We publish now in this volume the Acts of the XXI General Chapter. Later, an updated edition of the Constitutions will be presented containing all the modifications introduced by the General Chapters since the appearance of the edition of 1985. This will be done by a team appointed by the General Council, in accord with what the Chapter decreed.

These Acts, drawn up on the responsibility of Br. Superior General and his Council, constitute the reference document for the General Council itself, for the provincial governments and for all the members of the Institute, in the service of recalling, understanding and applying the intuitions and decisions of the above mentioned Chapter in their totality.

These Acts are divided into five sections:

1. Development of the XXI General Chapter.

Presents the preparation of the Chapter and its day to day development in the sessions. Helps to understand the steps taken by the capitular assembly and to provide a context for its definitions.

2. Official document of the XXI General Chapter: “With Mary, go in haste to a new land”

We reproduce here the official Document with its different parts, as it was published and distributed to the whole Institute as the first pastoral dissemination of the Chapter decisions. The electronic version is also offered on our web page: old.champagnat.org.

3. XXI General Chapter: other texts and decisions

In this section we will find the report of the Verification Commission, all the changes to the Constitutions and Statutes approved by the Chapter and the methods of election used during the XXI General Chapter.

4. Norms of the General Chapter

Two documents contain these norms: The Statutes of the General Chapter and the Rules of Procedure of the General Chapter. Such as they were approved by the XXI General Chapter, they will serve as base for the beginning of the XXII General Chapter.

5. Annexes

This section contains five parts. The first four are texts which express much of the life of the Chapter. These texts are: the Regional Letters sent to the XXI General Chapter, the Opening Address of Br. Seán Sammon, the Message from the Marist Laity invited to the Chapter, and the Closing Address of Br. Emili Turú. The last part lists all the persons directly involved in the development of the XXI General Chapter.

These Acts are published in the four official languages of the Institute: French, English, Spanish and Portuguese. The original language changes according to the documents but is the one which serves as reference for the other three versions.

Br. Superior General and his Council have decided that the modifications introduced into the Constitutions and Statutes, approved by the XXI General Chapter and, in the cases necessary, by the Holy See, will enter into force on 6 June 2010. As disciples of Saint Marcellin Champagnat, we wish to carry on giving life and relevance to his form of following Jesus in the service of the Kingdom.

Rome, 18 April 2010

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Constitutions and Statutes - 2009

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