Thursday, October 17, 2013

Day 2 of the General Assembly, Aparecida, Brazil.

15th October 2013
Aparecida, Brazil

Dear Confreres,
Today, the second day of the General Assembly of Verification, we are still blessed with the presence of the Superior General of our Sisters, Sr M Mabel and Sr M Bernadeth, the General Responsible for the MLO/OLM, Javier Rodriguez, the coordinator for the Orionine Secular Institute in Brazil, the two lady Co-ordinators of the MLO/OLM from Brazil North and South and the two representatives of the Youth Movement from Brazil, one young man and one young lady.
We began with Mass and Morning Prayer celebrated by Fr Cadenini the Provincial of Argentina in Spanish. 
The work of the Assembly began at 9am with the reports of the provincials of Poland, Italy and Spain, giving the strengths, weaknesses and future priorities of their respective provinces.  The Provincial of Spain, Fr José Antonio and his confrere representative, also José Antonio, had just arrived this morning from Spain after the beatification of more than five hundred martyrs in Spain, including our own Fr Ricardo Gil and aspirant Antonio Arrué.  The Superior General of the Sisters gave answers to some questions on our religious congregation from their point of view and how we can co-operate better in the future.  The lay people also gave their report.
The rest of the day consisted of work in groups.  There are five groups; each one is looking at the feed-back from the provinces, vice-provinces and our delegation on the five themes of the 13th General Chapter.  The Sisters and Lay People participated in some groups.
Javier gave a report on the General Assembly of the MLO/OLM which had been held in Montevideo, Uruguay, 9-11th October in which our representative, Karen Chia from England, took an active part.  He ended with the famous prayer of St Teresa of Avila, as it is her feast day today, “Let nothing disturb you...”
We prayed for you all and all your needs in the Mass and morning and evening prayer.
God bless,
Fr Malcolm

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