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Transitions: God’s Call to Transformation



Provincial Chapter of the Province of the United States

04/08/2012: United States

Fifty-six elected delegates meet in late June at the Loyola House of Retreats in Morristown, New Jersey as the fourth Chapter of the Province of the United States.  The Chapter was facilitated by Rev. Michael Crosby OFM.Cap.

In light of the calls of the XXI General Chapter “To go in haste, with Mary, to a new land” and the present situation of the Province, the theme of “Transitions: God’s Call to Transformation” was chosen.  In order to keep moving towards the new land and living the processes of conversion the Chapter captured the spirit of personal and structural renovation to live our vocation with enthusiasm and to respond to the necessities of the children and young people today.

Bro. Ben Consigli, the re-elected Provincial, addressed the assembled delegates and solicited their reflections and responses. He contrasted the difference between proactively reading the signs of the times and passively allowing events to unfold. He emphasized the need to acknowledge the data that describes our world, our church, and our congregation, but not to equate data with reality. While the data is indeed real, what we do with the external data is an internal, psychological and spiritual choice. One sign of our times is the significant number of Marist young adults who are eager to share our spirituality and our mission. Bro. Ben noted that Fr. Champagnat acknowledged the data of his time: poverty, political turmoil, lack of educational opportunities, his own lack of resources; but Champagnat chose to meet the needs of his time and place by founding a congregation of teaching Brothers, despite the limitations imposed by the data.

In three separate sessions the Chapter dealt with: Transition/Transformation – Personal Relationship with God; Transition/Transformation – Quality of our Life Together/Community; Transition/Transformation – Our Mission/Ministry.

The Chapter met in session to elect a new Council for the Province.  Brothers Sean Sammon, Al Rivera, Dan O’Riordan, Patrick McNamara, Roy George, Ken Hogan, and Stephen Schlitte were elected.  The Chapter concluded on the feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist with an open forum for all the delegates to share there thoughts and reactions, then a Liturgy of Installation of the Provinci and Council took place.

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