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The Brother Superior General sends a letter of invitation to each brother

16/02/2006: General House - Photo gallery

On the 10th February, the services of the General Administration, encouraged by the presence and the collaboration of Brother Seán Sammon, Superior General, came together to accomplish a common work. The task consisted of preparing the 4,200 letters, personally addressed to the brothers of the Institute.

The news has two parts. Firstly, this letter invites each brother to make his own the project of mission ad gentes which plans to send 150 brothers, or perhaps more, throughout the next four years, to Asia, where two-thirds of the world’s population live. This first part is the work of Brother Seán and is worth a special mention.

Secondly, this news becomes more banal, interesting especially to the family members. It was a matter of printing this letter, folding its four pages and putting it in the corresponding envelope for the addressee. This monotonous task took more time because preparing 4,200 letters is quite a task. And we kept our hands working for two hours of devoted and enjoyable service until the end of our work.
The closure of each letter was accompanied by a palpitation at the thought that once received the invitation would perhaps arouse a generous response.

In doing this handling work, you could be surprised to realise that even though we are insufficient in number, we are not such a small number: four thousand two hundred brothers. In rending this small service, we were able once more to measure the geographical extent and the diversity of the Institute, as well as the impact of our presence in the Church and in the world.

This type of task can engender routine, but the importance of the project and its good realisation stressed by the presence of the Brother Superior General and of his Vicar transformed this monotonous work into an inestimable mission for a proposal that arouses enthusiasm.
Brother Joseph De Meyer can, with satisfaction, push the trolley full of mail destined for all the Provinces of the Institute.

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