IMG 4800The XIX General Chapter of the Society of the Divine Savior, since yesterday officially entered into the dynamic of the election of the Superior General. After the Eucharistic celebration this morning, presided by the Colombian delegation, the capitulars gathered in the plenum room for the first test ballot. Once this was done, Jesuit Fr. Stefan Kiechle, gave an input concerning the principle of religious indifference and availability, stressing the importance of Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd!”, i.e. let us be open to the Lord´s guidance and learn from Him.

He invited us to pray: “Lord, make me available … Direct my prayers and actions.” Furthermore, he spoke about discernment and the reasons why we move in one or another direction and the importance of having people with different qualities in the future Generalate.

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This afternoon, the chapter started with a retreat in preparation for the election of the General Superior, which will take place on the Feastday of the Apostle St. Bartholomew, this coming Friday, the 24th. The Jesuit, Stefan Kiechle, former Provincial Superior of Germany, introduced the capitulars, by means of two inputs, to the topics of what are the qualities needed of a Superior General and the process of spiritual discernment. He invited the capitulars to share in pairs their knowledge about possible candidates in a discrete and positive way, thinking always about the good and the development of the Society in its service to the Church. In this spiritual frame, we celebrated Eucharist, invoking the assistance of the Holy Spirit, during this process of listening. The day ended in a silent and tranquil way, keeping open our minds and hearts for the voice of the Spirit.  

 MG 6021Before Fr. Richard Mway, Provincial Superior of the British Pro-Province, presented the project which serves as a gift in honor of the celebration of the centenary of the death of our Founder, Fr. Francis Jordan, he explained a bit about the history, the significance and the actual status of the Pro-Province. He spoke about the great need of youth ministry in the parishes in which Salvatorians are working, but that is not currently evident in those parishes. In the same frame the British Pro-Province is planning to appoint a priest as a school chaplain at our Salvatorian College in Wealdstone (London).

According to the plan of the day, the capitulars continued after the presentation with the approval, after deep discussion, of the procedures of the election of the Superior General. The Chapter ended the morning session with other normal business and the prayer of the “Angelus”, keeping in our prayers the people of Venezuela who suffered a strong earthquake last night.

IMG 4486In spite of the attractive sunny and pleasant warm weather, the capitulars remained inside to continue with their arduous work and task. The sessions of the afternoon were dedicated to the complex topic of changes in our Rules of Life, focusing on Chapter VII, about governance, as found in our Constitution and General Directory. All the adaptations have to be read at least three times in three different sessions, in order to avoid that some detail would be overseen. Our rules really have to support the execution of our Salvatorian mission and all the possibilities we have to give witness as a religious and apostolic community which serves the people in the Divine Savior’s name.

During the last session the capitulars went to their committees to spend their energy on reviewing the proposed adaptions by the plenum on their respective presentations.

The day was concluded by a silent prayer with Eucharistic adoration and a fraternal sharing in the recreation room. 

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Today it was the turn of the Belgian delegation to preside the morning Eucharist at which we commemorated another great personage within the history of the Roman Catholic Church: Saint Pius X. Inspired by his sense of renewal we commenced the working sessions getting more and more insight, now also at the level of the plenum, regarding a huge variety of topics, concerns and challenges for our Society. It is marvelous to experience how from different angles and points of view comments and questions are made. In the frame of the celebration of the centenary of the death of our Founder, Fr. Francis Jordan, the delegate of the Spanish Vicariate, Fr. Luis Munilla, presented the initiative of the construction of a new parish church in Madrid under the guidance of Salvatorians. At the same btime, he called for more solidarity and shared thinking when it comes to providing human resources, i.e. young Salvatorians who want to work with youth and in the field of vocation promotion.  

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