Friday, October 18, 2013

Day 3 of the General Assembly, Aparecida, Brazil.

16th October 2013
Aparecida, Brazil

Dear Confreres,
Today, the third day of the Assembly, we started the plenary sessions, that is, where all the groups come together to share their conclusions from the group work. 
As the Sisters and Lay People were going to leave after lunch, we had the reports of those groups in which the Sisters and Lay People took part, that is, the groups reflecting on Ministries and Vocations and charism.
We then celebrated Mass at midday, with Fr Pierangelo Ondei, provincial of Italy, as the main celebrant, and then had a photo of all the participants of the Assembly.  The Sisters and Lay People departed after lunch.
In the afternoon, we continued with the findings of the other three groups dealing with Sources, Relations in community life and New frontiers
In the plenary sessions, every member is free to comment on the texts presented by the groups and to offer suggestions to change the text. 
After Night Prayer, Fr Walter Groppello, of the Italian Provincial Council, gave a Good Night talk on our mission in Madagascar, which started in 1976, and about the opening of the new community of Abanja in the north of the island, near the coast, about 900km from the next community of Anathihazo, in the capital city of Antananarivo.
It has rained for most of today so it has been difficult to visit the shrine of Aparecida which is only 15 minutes walk from the Redemptorist Spirituality Centre where we are staying.
God bless,

Fr Malcolm

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