DSF8257Three Brothers: Pawel Janowski (PL), Ruphin Kabondo (CD) and Piotr Dymon (PL) have taken their vows in the church in Tafers. (© Michael Meier)









 MG 7535Yesterday we held the formal conclusion of the business meetings, with the official concluding speeches and words of thanks. Today we put the final touch liturgically on the chapter with a simple but very significant Eucharistic celebration.
The elected Superior General, Fr. Milton Zonta, presided together with the elected members of the new General Council present, Fr. Sunil Thomas, Fr. Joseph Rodrigues, Fr. Adam Teneta, Fr. Scott Wallenfelsz and Fr. Agustín Van Baelen. The liturgical color today was red because we took the holy Mass invoking the Holy Spirit asking for his guidance for the new team in their service to the Society for the next six years.
At the end of the Mass, all the capitulars and participants received from the General Superior a lighted oil lamp with the task to go and enflame all! Once all the people present received the light, they gathered in a circle around their Superior, made his Profession of Faith with his hand on the Holy Gospels. It was very inspiring to see how the community of Salvatorians in a symbolic way supported the Superior, who requested at the very end, the blessing of the merciful God for all.
In the afternoon things had to get packed and people prepared themselves for the pilgrimage which starts tomorrow! And in the evening, during recreation, we song a heartily “happy birthday” for the General Treasurer, Fr. Scott!

MVI 7289 1After a long list of final announcements by the vice-president and facilitator regarding the planned pilgrimage to the places where our Founder, Fr. Francis Jordan, was born, at Gurtweil, where he studied, at Sankt Peter, and where he died, at Tafers, as well as several practical issues for the coming days, the floor was given to our General Superior, Fr. Milton Zonta. In his final speech, he stressed the importance of 5 concepts: identity, availability, depth, internationality and creativity. He thanked all persons involved in the preparation and functioning of the General Chapter, as well as in a special way the outgoing members of the Generalate, Fr. Raúl Gómez, Fr. Chris Kowalczyk and Fr. Thomas Malal, who have given the best of themselves at the service of the Society during the past six years. Fr. Milton finished his words, sending a warm fraternal embrace to all confreres, young and old, all over the world. The capitulars then received a nice silver metallic medal with the face of the Founder on one side and of the Savior on the reverse. It is a beautiful a souvenir of the XIX General Chapter.
Then Fr. Hubert Veeser, one of the vice presidents, heartily thanked Fr. Milton for all his efforts during the past 6 years and for being a spiritual guide. And he expressed his best wishes on behalf of the Chapter for the coming term of office.
This last business session was concluded with a warm applause and the song: “Salvator mundi, salva nos”, well known by all Salvatorians.
The nice weather allowed the capitulars to be outside in the evening, while eating grilled meats and sausages as well as enjoying dances by a typical Bavarian dance group.

 MG 7218Today the Salvatorian Family celebrates a Feast, commemorating the first spiritual daughter of Fr. Francis Jordan and the very first Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Savior, Blessed Mary of the Apostles!

Also on this day, we welcomed one of the former General Superiors, Fr. Malachy McBride, accompanied by Fr. Séamus O´Duill, both from Ireland and members of the British Pro-Province, as well as Fr. William Kelly, from the USA-province.

Prior to the celebration of the Holy Mass, presided by confreres from the Congo, the XIX General Chapter approved the final document with the priorities for the next term of office of the Generalate, 2018 - 2024 and took its time to evaluate orally in plenum all concerning the Chapter and its preparation.

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This afternoon was quite “light” for the capitulars we could say: there were just a few announcements and then we watched the 3rdpart of the movie about Fr. Francis Jordan produced by Studio Katolik, under the guidance of Br. Leszek Szura, SDS.

But while the chapter members were watching the documentary, of course the interpreters were working hard, providing simultaneous translation. Also, behind the scenes, a lot of work was going on, not only today, but during the entire chapter. So many practical things that have to be done, in order to keep the meetings flowing, celebrations, gatherings in working and language groups, providing hard copies, taking pictures and putting them on the internet, etc. Our special thanks in this regard goes to our confrere Fr. Roman Wroblewski, who had the lead responsibility in the secretariat, assisted by our Salvatorian students Philipp Sauter, Piotr Dymon, Pawel Janowski, Boniface Chimogwa, Francis Overee and Ruphin Kabondo. For technical assistance regarding our translation equipment as well as computer issues, etc. our confrere Fr. Rafal Ziajka was responsible. Our dear deacon Patrik Nicolas gathered all what was shared at the plenum in the minutes and for publications and communications, Fr. Wieslaw Stempak did all he could. Without the quiet help of these confreres, this event would not have been possible. Thank you! Asante sana! Grazie! Danke schön! Dziękuję! Merci beaucoup! Dank u wel! ¡Gracias! 

 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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