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.
On the occasion of Christmas and New Year, Bro. René Stockman has written his annual Christmas Letter.
Read it here.
On 10 October 2018, World Mental Health Day, the Dr. Guislain Museum and Janssen Research & Development, LLC named the Center for Victims of Torture the 2018 winner of the Dr. Guislain “Breaking the Chains of Stigma” Award.
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.
Tabaco, Philippines – 8 September 2018. Following a week of retreat at the International Formation House in Tabaco, 21 novices professed their first vows, 3 brothers professed their perpetual vows, and 2 brothers renewed their vows.
Nairobi, Kenya – 31 August 2018. On the day of commemoration of the birth of our Founder Father Triest, the Congregation welcomed 16 new novices from 6 different African countries.
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.