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Saint Luke the Evangelist

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Thursday, September 24th



In the dynamic of the interim

25/09/2009: General House - Photo gallery

The one group to have completed its work is that which has prepared the Regulations and procedures for electing the Superior General and his Vicar. As a result of its proposal, approved by the assembly, the day of 25 September will be a day of retreat. At the close of the morning, during the Eucharist, each capitulant will present a list of two possible candidates for the posts of Superior General and Vicar General. The former Superior General, Br. Benito, and the current one, Br. Sean, will count the votes and draw up a list of the 12 names with most support. Before giving this list to the capitulants, they must ask those concerned for their permission to be put forward as candidates. The capitulants will receive this list at the end of the afternoon during Marial prayer. The voting for Superior General will take place on 26 September at 9 o’clock in the morning, and for Vicar General at 4 o’clock in the afternoon of the same day.

The other work groups have not yet come up with anything definitive. So what one hears in the chapter hall are expressions such as these: This is just a rough draft; It’s a document in inception; We have worked out this formula to stimulate dialogue and build up a consensus from your reactions; We want your reactions so we can proceed to work out a formula for consensus.

Among the works in progress, it is necessary to highlight that of the group with the task of expressing the fundamental call using a satisfactory formula. They gave a progress report this morning. They considered that the transmission of the fundamental call could be made with different compositions: a slogan, a prayer, an image, a brief explanation, perhaps a song, etc. By way of example, they presented four formulations of a possible slogan. In the work group they are conscious that none of these possible formulas contains all the content of the call, but that they complement one another. They also noted that these formulas acquire different nuances in the languages and cultures of the Marist world. The assembly expressed its agreement with the direction the work was taking and encouraged them to carry on to completion.

In the afternoon, other groups gave progress reports: those working on “animation and government”, the “revision of some articles of the Constitutions”; the report on the “activities and management of the General House” and the study of the “finances of the Institute”. The work of these groups is still in process of elaboration.

The homilies

Each day, during the Eucharist, Fr. Pedro, the chaplain, offers those present spiritual nourishment through his homily. Full of wisdom, brief, synthesizing, taking the pulse of the assembly, with poetic touches sounding the depths of the heart. His allusion to the verses of Salinas resonates: “If you call me, yes; if you call me! I would leave it all, I would throw it all away: the prizes, the catalogues, the blue of the ocean on the maps, the days and their nights, the old telegrams and a beloved!” Some have been commented on with appreciation: “How do the children of Africa see the world?” or the one which repeated: “To speak your name Mary…” He alternates three languages and so accommodates himself to most of the audience. He also knows how to add the ingredient of humour, as for example: “I have two points to make in this homily; if I were a Jesuit, I would have three”. The homilies can be found here in our site

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