From 2 to 6 December 2016, the General Council met with the provincial superiors for their annual meeting. This time, Indonesia was chosen as the meeting place.
In conclusion of the General Assembly of the Union of Superiors General (USG), the superiors general were received in audience by Pope Francis. The audience took place in the Synod Hall where the Pope engaged in dialogue with the attending superiors general for three hours in a very informal and friendly manner.
The Congregation of the Brothers of Charity is delighted with the creation of Mgr. Jozef De Kesel, Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium as Cardinal by Pope Francis.
On World Mental Health Day, the 5th Dr. Guislain Award ceremony was held in New York. The Dr. Guislain Award is a joint initiative of the Museum Dr. Guislain of the Brothers of Charity and Janssen Research & Development.
The Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent celebrated its 30th anniversary on Friday, 7 October with an academic session and a series of activities, during which the audience was introduced to the museum’s wide-ranging collection.
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, Fracarita International, in association with the World Health Organization and the World Council of Churches, and under the chairmanship of the Belgian Ambassador to the United Nations, organized a seminar on the topic of ‘Breaking the Chains of Stigma in Mental Health; Restoring Human Dignity for Persons with Mental Illness’.
On 27 September 2016, feast of Saint Vincent de Paul, begins a special Vincentian year on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the start of Vincent de Paul’s charitable care for the poor, the spiritually and materially poor.
Fracarita International is pleased to share with you our Annual Report of 2015. The report provides an overview of our activities at our central office and its services in Latin America, Africa and Asia. This report also contains a special feature on ‘200 years of breaking the chains’.
At the international novitiate in Tagaytay in the Philippines, 21 young men were accepted to begin their novitiate training.
In the diocese of Kakamega, a new community and a health centre were opened in Buyangu on Friday, 26 August.