MG 7168The morning mass was presided by two confreres who represent the Indian and the East Asian Mission Vicariates. It is amazing to see how our Society has grown over the last 30 years in the eastern part of the world. Whereas until the late 80’s, we were only in 1 Asian country, our Society is now present in India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the Philippines, China mainland and Vietnam. There are all together around 300 members and students coming from even more countries, including East Timor, Indonesia and Malaysia. This is surely in line with our venerable Founder’s dream: Fr. Francis Jordan wanted to announce the Gospel of Salvation to ALL people and ALL nations, by ALL ways and means the love to Christ inspires.

During the morning session, our guests, Sr. Edith Bramberger and Sr. María Yaneth Moreno, gave a nice speech about the developments and priorities of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Savior. Immediately after that, the Chapter approved the starting date of the term of office of the new Generalate, which will be on December 8thof this year. It also made the decision that all Administrative Units will have to hold implementation chapters within 9 months after having finished this XIX General Chapter.   

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Since last Saturday, the Chapter enjoys the presence of one member of the Generalate of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Saviour, Sr. Maria Janeth Moreno. From today on, she was accompanied by the General Superior of the Congregation, Sr. Edith Bramberger. In this sense, now the presence of the Salvatorian Family has been completed; representatives of the International Community of the Divine Saviour were at the Chapter as observers, last week, and now we welcome very heartily our own Sisters! Father Francis Jordan, would surely very happy about this witness of nearness and familiarity.

The afternoon was further on dedicated to normal business, at least during one session. During the remaining time the chapter members watched the second part of the movie about the life of Fr. Francis Jordan, focusing on the time he became a priest.

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A new day and a new week started with the Eucharist presided by our Spanish speaking confreres from Venezuela and Spain, commemorating Saint Gregory the Great.

The business meeting was initiated by a presentation given by Fr. Floribert Mulikita, the Superior of the Pro-Province of the Congo, regarding the gift prepared for the jubilee of the death of the Founder.

Final readings of proposals which had already been analyzed and adapted by working committees were put on the floor of the plenum. Most of them were immediately approved. It seems that the end of the XIX General Chapter is getting nearer…

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At 9:15 am the Chapter members were taken by bus to Bad Wurzach, where we celebrated Sunday Mass together with the parish community. Fr. Wolfgang Sütterlin presided and preached in very lively way. After Mass, the capitulars went to the Salvatorian School, which is next to the famous castle, where the Salvatorian community is living since 1921. In addtion to sharing a lunch of typical Swabian food, the capitulars enjoyed refreshments and the opportunity to meet with locals and Lay Salvatorians.

Immediately after lunch, Fr. Friedrich Emde, the headmaster of the Salvatorian School, gave a brief tour to the international crowd through the school’s main rooms.

The outing continued with a trip to Maria Steinbach, which is a very well-known, historical shrine in the region. We were warmly welcomed by the local Salvatorian community and a real brass band which played folkloric music. Prior to praying vespers in the rococo church, the capitulars enjoyed “Kaffee und Kuchen.” Of course, it also was very much appreciated.

The fact that it was a relaxing but also full day, could be seen on the bus back to Sankt Ottilien, since most of the confreres took a little nap as we returned.    

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The morning started really chilly, with rain and cloudy skies. But even in these conditions, the chapter members started the day with energy, celebrating Holy Mass, under the guidance of the delegates of the United States. Then, Fr. Wieslaw Stempak, representative of the Swiss Vicariate, spoke about the gift his unit is preparing for the 100thanniversary of death of our Venerable Founder, Fr. Francis Jordan. The Unit is promoting the veneration and fame of holiness of the Spiritual Father of our Salvatorian Family, in the frame of the process of the beatification of our Founder, at Tafers. It is doing so with the support from confreres and Salvatorian Sisters who are working in this area.

The rest of the morning was spent on reading and approving the changes in the General Directory and Constitution. After having determined that we have made a lot of progress and we are ahead of schedule, the steering committee decided to give a free afternoon, which was of course very much welcomed by the Chapter.

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