One brother from Pakistan, two brothers from Congo and two brothers from Tanzania committed themselves to life as a Brother of Charity.
On 10 October 2017, World Mental Health Day, the Dr. Guislain Museum and Janssen Research & Development, LLC named Dr. Sotheara Chhim the 2017 winner of the Dr. Guislain “Breaking the Chains of Stigma” Award. The award honors Dr. Chhim for his extraordinary efforts developing mental health services in Cambodia through scientific therapeutic approaches.
On 10 October, World Mental Health Day, Bro. Stockman received a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ at the Burundi Embassy on behalf of the Congregation.
From 2 to 6 October, the brothers from Vietnam and China came together for a retreat at ‘les Foyers de Charité’ in Dong Nai near Ho Chi Minh City. The retreat was led by Bro. René Stockman, Superior General. On Saturday 7 October, two brothers professed their perpetual vows: Bro. Jose, as the first Chinese brother, and Bro. Dominic from Vietnam.
State of affairs concerning the issue of euthanasia. Brother René Stockman presents an overview and looks to the future.
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.
The euthanasia debate within the Organization of the Brothers of Charity in Belgium has been the cause of great concern to us for quite some time. And so, I felt embarrassed when I learned about the Organization’s final verdict on Tuesday 12 September that they had decided to stand by their vision statement and thus allow and perform euthanasia for psychiatric patients under certain conditions and within their and our facilities. I was even more surprised when I read that they believe this decision to be in line with the Catholic doctrine and describe it as a kind of merciful assistance.
Uvira – DR Congo. On Saturday 16 September 2017, Superior General and chairman of Fracarita International, Bro. René Stockman, laid the first stone of the new psychiatric centre in Uvira in the presence of the local community of brothers, the regional superior, and the regional coordinator of Fracarita DR Congo. The centre will soon serve the population in this part of the South Kivu region.
Bukavu – DR Congo, 15 September 2017. Following a week of spiritual exercises or retreat on ‘Our spiritual growth as brothers’ for the brothers of the Kivu region in DR Congo, Superior General, Bro. René Stockman accepted the perpetual profession of eight brothers in the Cathedral of Bukavu on Friday 15 September 2017.
Rome, 12 September 2017. The Superior General of the Brothers of Charity, Bro. René Stockman, took note of the position of the Board of Directors of the Brothers of Charity Organization in Belgium regarding the application of euthanasia for non-terminal psychiatric patients.