2019

2019-04 PASCOA-EN

Moving into its the third and final week, the chapter continued to develop themes and priorities for the congregation. This work is vital in giving the new administration direction as it sets the course for the congregation’s future. The first small group discussions were on the topic of “Fraternal Life in Community.” As with their discussions on Friday, the capitulars were asked to identify sources of inspiration for the theme but also to list practical steps that…
Participants at the General Chapter picked up on Friday where they left off on Thursday: identifying priorities, and thus themes of focus for the congregation in the years ahead. The capitulars returned to their small groups. Joining them in their discussions were several invited guests of the chapter, including Silvia Bertozzi and Grace Escobia who serve on the Dehonian Family organizing committee. In their first session chapter participants prioritized the themes identified yesterday: formation, spirituality and identity, organization of the general government,…
After a day of celebration that included a Mass of Thanksgiving, followed by a trip to Frascati and a musical performance at Cristo Re in Rome, the capitulars moved to the next phase of their task: work on the theme of the General Chapter (Merciful, in Community, with the Poor). They began by grounding themselves in prayer; much of Thursday morning was devoted to extended Adoration. Then it was on to small group discussions where the…
  On Tuesday, May 26, the General Chapter completed the election process. The fifth and last councilor to be named to the General Council was Fr. Stephen Huffstetter, provincial superior of the US Province. He is pictured above (right) with Fr. Enrique Caamaño Martín, who was elected to the council just before him. Fr. Steve, 55 (his birthday is in just a few days – May 31), professed his first vows in 1982 and was ordained…