POL – Largest European Province meets in chapter


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Under the motto “United in Community Life and the Mission of the Church”, the Polish Province meets in Chapter this week (Novmeber 17-22) in Domus Mater, Krakow. It is the XII Provincial Chapter in Poland’s history and comes at an important time in the life of the province. There are over 30 participants; the Chapter runs through November 22.

Prior to the Chapter Fr. Dariusz Salamon, provincial vicar, reflected on what it means to be in chapter:

kapit-49"According to our Constitutions, a Chapter is the supreme legislative authority in the life of the province, just as the General Chapter is the supreme authority in the Congregation when it is sitting.  Because this is a unique body it also determines the manner of appointing the members of the Chapter. It is one of the unique manifestations of democracy in the religious life”.

The Chapter, which is held every six years, will be mainly an assessment of the previous six years, since the last time it met. The province will be reflected on in the report of Father Provincial, Artur Sanecki, who will review all the works in the life and apostolate of the Priests of the Sacred Heart in Poland. Members of the chapter will review and determine the new tasks of the province for the next six years. Also, the chapter will elect delegates to the General Chapter.

Joining the province at its Chapter is a member of the General Administration, Fr. John van den Hengel.

kapit-6The main focus of the gathering is the life of the members. That is why the first morning was dedicated to silence and prayer. The members will pray the Liturgy of the Hours each day together and share a common Eucharist.

The chapter work itself will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions. The day will end  with a period of  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

A press office has been set up by the secretariat of the Chapter to keep the province informed of the Chapter’s proceedings.

Poland is the largest of the congregation’s European Provinces.

Michał Olszewski, SCJ