The official appointment of the Provincial and Regional Superiors by the Superior General concluded the meeting of the Provincial and Regional Superiors with the General Council in Rome.
“SHIJIE wish that all the programs of Brothers of Charity in China will continuously develop, in order to serve more people in needs and bring greater benefits to them in the love of God. May the congregation in China, specifically in Taiyuan grow and develop, so that can work together with more and more people and strength to build the Kingdom of God.”
Provincial and Regional Superiors meet in Rome. On Tuesday 22 January, the group was received by the Congregation for Consecrated Life. They were welcomed by the Congregation’s prefect, Cardinal Braz de Aviz, and secretary, Archbishop Mgr. Carballo.
From 14 January until 2 February 2019, the new Provincial and Regional Superiors gathered in Rome for a meeting with the General Council. In addition to the formal appointment of these brothers to their respective positions, the meeting will discuss the follow-up of the motions of the General Chapter.
Rome, 12 September 2018. The general councillors have all arrived in Rome. On 12 September, we went on a pilgrimage to Loreto to place the general council and its work of service under the special protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
On the agenda of the last day of the chapter was the voting of the elaborated motions which were all adopted by the complete chapter. After the voting of the motions the official picture of the chapter was taken. In order to conclude the activities, the general superior gave his conclusive speech. At 12h precise the chapter was officially closed.
At 9.30 am the election chapter started with the election of the three general assistants who, together with the general superior and the vicar general, will lead the congregation for the next six years in a spirit of service.
The chapter commission worked this morning on the additions to the motions as they were written out as projects the previous days. The afternoon was given over to a long plenary meeting, where every proposal was reviewed and supplemented with a number of remarks. The recasting of the constitutions did not immediately come to a compromise, and it was finally decided that the proposal developed by the commission set up for this purpose could be included during the next chapter period.
The whole day was spent to the further discussion of the proposed motions and the proposed modifications of the constitutions in both the linguistics groups and the provincial groups. All attention is devoted for tomorrow where during the plenary session the reporting will follow and where hopefully a few concrete agreements can be made about the completion of the proposed documents.
We were very saddened to hear of the death of Bro. Paul De Cocq from Belgium this morning. During the opening prayer he was specially commemorated, and we thanked the Lord for his life as a Brother of Charity. Today it became a full day in plenum. This morning the chapter committee reported on its activities during the past week. In the afternoon, Bro. Adrian Hartotanojo gave the report from the committee which looked at a possible revision of the constitutions. The last session reported on the work of the European province, brought by Bro. Luc Van Dyck.