The morning was spent on the financial side of the Congregation. Bro. John O’Shea, General Bursar, presented the financial report of the past six years. In the afternoon, the elected delegates of the provinces met to discuss the two reports: the report of the Superior General, the Provincial Superiors, and the General Assistants, and the financial report of the General Bursar.
Today the motions of the general chapter of 2012 were evaluated. Every general assistant discussed some motions and presented to the participants of the chapter an evaluation of the follow-up and the obtained results.
Today, the chapter was opened with a special morning prayer dedicated to Saint Thomas, patron saint of the Asian province. It was a full day with reports on the life of the Congregation. Bro. René Stockman, Superior General, opened the day with a comprehensive report on the functioning of the General Administration during the previous chapter period. The Provincial Superiors then gave an overview of the various provinces.
The 23rd General Chapter of the Brothers of Charity was officially declared open with the opening speech of Superior General Bro. René Stockman. In the afternoon, we chose the secretary of the chapter and the members of the various commissions. The first day ended with a Eucharist celebration presided over by Mgr. Carballo, secretary of the Congregation of Consecrated Life.
On the occasion of Christmas and New Year, Bro. René Stockman has written his annual Christmas Letter. Read it here.
Rome, 2 October 2017. On Friday 29 September 2017, Bro. René Stockman, Superior General of the Brothers of Charity, reported to the competent authorities of the Vatican about the state of affairs regarding the performance of euthanasia in the institutions of the Brothers of Charity in Belgium.