Bishop Pierre Claverie, OP, assassinated five years ago
provincial of the Philippines presided at the celebration of St.
Alphonsus Maria Liguori. The preacher was a Philippine friar, one
of the former sons of the Rosary province. He speaks Spanish perfectly
but today he didn't demonstrate it, speaking instead in English
without notes. He didn't need them to tell us that we have treasures
and pearls which we must care for: our faith, our vocation. He told
the story of the life and death of a friar from the United States'
Holy Name province who came to the Philippines as a military chaplain
and who later spent his life attending to the lepers. He himself
died a leper. The province has initiated the process of his beatification.
The Gospel was proclaimed by a Malaysian friar from the Canadian
province. The ceremonies are becoming simpler in direct proportion
as what happens on the floor below, that is to say, in the place
of the capitular assembly, becomes more complicated. During the
entrance, the chapel resounded with the fantastic organ, played
by the Province of Saint-Joseph's Provincial. Just yesterday some
photographs appeared in the chapel's entry which explained the technical
feat that was accomplished in order to set up the organ and put
it where it is.
discussion in the hall began with "Vocation and Formation."
It was an original text. The term most used in the document wasn't
vocation or formation, but globalization. It spoke of "the
heart of today's vocations: the reality of globalization; globalization
as a context; globalization as a challenge; globalization as suitable
material". Later it spoke of "the heart of formation:
contemplari et contemplata aliis, contemplation and initial formation,
contemplation in continuing formation, contemplation and the formators".
All of this is because "the themes of globalization and contemplation
are, for the most part, inseparable
". It also spoke about
vocations and formation.
document has gone through six drafts in commission. Again there
were amendments and amendments of the amendments and many interventions
from the floor. On two occasions there was a plea to consider the
matter discussed, when there were so many others waiting their turn
and meditation in common were recommended as necessary for the houses
of formation. It is already in the book of the Constitutions and
not only applies to the houses of formation but to all houses. If
it was recommended it must be because it doesn't seem to be happening.
session: The Chapter Steering Committee asked the assembly for the
approval of a new interpretation of the procedures in the plenary
sessions, to the end of avoiding eternal dialogues about explanatory
aspects and to center more on the juridical aspects: petitions,
, etc. These norms have been in
force since the Mexico Chapter and they need a more efficient structure.
The moderators have been charged with the responsibility for a new
editing. In order to speak about the prologue and the explanatory
texts, one has to register before hand with the secretary or send
written amendments. Nothing extra is needed to speak about the juridical
referring to government was approved after approving the one point
which had been pending about the relations between provinces and
was also approved that we consider what is missing from "Challenges
for the mission: Globalization", concrete points on the utilization
of the media for social communication.
the document there was a request for various meetings of the Order
in regions or zones so that attention may be given to the sects
and new spiritual currents, without specifying whether they are
within or outside of the Church. All concur that there is an attitude
of resistance and fear toward other options, a great preoccupation
for the religious, proselytism, and acceptance of the neo-liberal
call was for the Order be present, by means of its Commission for
Justice and Peace, in decision-making centers; a preoccupation for
the safeguarding of creation; the defense of the poor of the Order,
that is the entities and houses which need financial and human resources.
The document was approved.
points from the document on "the challenges" remained
to be approved. The document continued in its routine of being much
amended in the hall, although no one had presented the amendments
in written form. The new norms will be in force tomorrow.
commission formulated four recommendations for the work of the Master
and the Curia. But the officials of the Curia, who had a voice but
no vote, were all here. And what a voice they had! After their intervention
the commission retired their four recommendations. Strategists always
say that one retired in time is better than a defeat. The prologue-and
with it the document-was approved.
the beginning Vespers, Friar Eric, the provincial of France, reminded
us that on August 1, 1996, Bishop Pierre Claverie, OP, bishop of
Orán, was assassinated. He read a paragraph of the homily
preached by Bishop Claverie one month before he died. In it he answered
the questions they were asking him, since the beginning of the Algerian
drama - why was he continuing in Algeria: "For the cause of
Jesus, because it is he who is suffering here, in this violence
from which no one escapes, crucified again in the flesh of thousands
in the Chapter Hall
president of the Commission on "Vocations and Formation"
warned: "Be careful with the interventions, I'm have a doctorate
in psychology." The narrator greeted the assembly in this way:
"Good morning, my name is Freud." Those present were not
chapter member made a clarification in case anyone had not understood:
"The 'breaking points' are not seismic movements."
the subject that we should support those who are capable and who
like to write, someone commented that it is not easy to discern
when one has the capacity, but not the liking, that some write without
liking it, and others like it but haven't the capacity. Such is
the total range of the healthy Dominican pluralism.
admitted his small command of French: "I can't do more than
read a menu".