Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Day 1 of the General Assembly in Brazil

14th October 2013
Aparecida, Brazil
Dear Confreres,
Greetings from Aparecida, the town where the great shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida is situated in Brazil, between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro!
The General Assembly ofVerification began today and will continue until 19th October.  On 20th we shall have the official launching of the Orionine Missionary Year.
We have spent the first day of the General Assembly looking at the PowerPoint presentation of each province, vice-province and our delegation, with a few words from the General Responsible for the Orionine Lay Movement, Javier Rodriguez and Antonella, representing the “Tra Noi” movement.
After lunch Fr Flavio gave a very clear and precise summary of the 13th General Chapter, the programming which followed it in each province etc. and some characteristics of the world in which we are called to live our vocation with guidance of Pope Francis with the emphasis on being close to people in their difficulties in life and in living the Gospel, if indeed, they are aware of Christ and his message.
After the coffee break, each province, vice-province and our delegation had to present in ten minutes their strengths, weaknesses and proposals for the future.  The Assembly was able to ask questions to each provincial, vice-provincial and delegate for five minutes.  
God bless,

Fr Malcolm

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