2019

2019-04 PASCOA-EN

Just as with Fr. General’s report, capitulars broke into multilingual, multi-cultural groups to discuss the general treasurer’s report. This was presented by Fr. Aquilino Mielgo Domínguez on Wednesday, as was the report of the financial experts. Reporting back in the meeting hall, small groups echoed much of what Fr. Aquilino had said. Sharing between the entities must continue and grow stronger. However, solidarity also calls for transparency. The concept of a “common purse” is vital to Dehonian religious life. Yet,…
 The capitulars spent much of Wednesday morning in small groups reflecting on the superior general’s report (given by Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho on Tuesday). Instead of the usual practice of being split into geographic or linguistic groups, the capitulars found themselves assigned at random. Chapter organizers hoped that by doing so the delegates would have a better opportunity to hear a wide variety of voices. Though it required a bit of linguistic gymnastics in some groups, with the…
Although delegates have been taking part in chapter activities since Sunday evening, the XXIII General Chapter really didn’t start until Tuesday, May 19, with the seating of the chapter body (capitulars), its staff and invited guests. There are 78 capitulars, including de jure members (major superiors and the General Curia) and delegates voted in by their entities. Traditionally, the youngest members of the chapter serve as its tellers (scrutineers). The first vote of the chapter was the one…
The first step is listening “A chapter is not just about the business of the congregation,” said Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho, superior general, “it is a time for us to listen ––  to each other and to the Spirit –– to determine the Lord’s plan for us.” To prepare for that ‘listening” Fr. Carlos Luis Suárez Codorníu of Venezuela led chapter participants in a day of reflection. He began by focusing on Luke 24. In it, the Risen…
  Today's society is faced with the task of integrating people, cultures and various ethnic groups; multiculturalism is a global opportunity for development that poses new challenges to society and to the coexistence of peoples.   New risks Linked to multiculturalism is the emergence of a sense of insecurity among individuals and communities in the face of new risks and dangers. Population growth, migration from poor countries to rich countries,…