New Assistants to the Master of the Order
Provinces of Teutonia, Flanders and Holland organised the liturgy
today. The socius for the Province of Flemish-Belgium, Fr. Mark
De Caluwe, presided. Fr Lucio Vargas, diffinitor from the German
Vicariate of Bolivia preached in Spanish. He said that we must plant,
but before so doing, we need to understand the word so that seed
be understood and accepted: mission and contemplation united as
evangelisation and mission are united, the struggle and the feast.
There was no translation of the homily in other languages, perhaps
because the Gospel was proclaimed in English and Jesus himself gave
the homily in the parable. There was a beautiful hymn for the communion
procession: the "Ave Verum", the verses were in a combination
of English and Latin.
plenary session dealt with clerics who make solemn profession before
their initial formation is finished. Do they continue on in the
studentate? Do we concede the full rights of active and passive
voice given in the LCO? The petitions come from the Provinces of
Bohemia and Nigeria, which have many vocations still in initial
formation. The commission on Vocations and Formation formulated
the questions to have the opinion of the Chapter before presenting
reason for the questions is that, with all of the rights given by
the LCO, they can impose their desires on the community to elect
councillors, make decisions in the chapter and council, elect the
etc., imposing themselves on the older brethren of
the so-called formation community. Are they mature enough to do
this? Someone asked if the brothers older in religion were mature
enough to accept what the younger brothers said. If Solemn Profession
implies the maturity to give one's life to God, one must presume
maturity in things not as important. Active voice is not a privilege;
it is a right that emanates from profession. At times, we have two
discussions: on one hand, we say that the young are the hope of
the Order, an on the other hand, we fear them. The provinces have
to make the effort to create a good formation community. Also in
the older brothers, there are "gangs" and they "vote
as a block". The LCO opens a range of possibilities to delay
Solemn Profession, but, once made, it gives all rights.
provinces would like to have these problems. It would be a sign
that there would be many students. It will be the commission to
propose a solution.
new Assistants to the Master of the Order and other nominations
Master of the Order, after consulting the appropriate Provincials,
Regional Superiors, the persons themselves and their respective
Provincial, has now identified the assistants or socii to complete
the General Council. They are not officially named, but, God willing,
all will participate in the plenary in November.
Spain and Portugal: Fr. Pedro Luis González, from the Holy
Latin America and the Caribbean: Fr. Joao Xerri, from the Province
Asia Pacific: Fr. Quirico Pedregosa, from the Province of the Philippines.
the United States: Fr. Gerald Stookey, from the Province of Saint
Albert in the US.
Italy and Malta: Fr. Umberto Frassinetti, from the Province of Saint
Dominic in Italy.
for the Intellectual Life: Fr. Guido Vergauwen, from the Province
of Flanders will continue until the end of the plenary of May, 2002.
Procurator General is yet to be named.
it is of intelligent government to surround one's self with capable
people, Fr. Carlos has demonstrated that he is. Congratulations
of IDI and Promoter of the Internet: Fr. Yves Bériault, from
the Province of Canada.
who writes these pages moves up one floor at Santa Sabina, although
not in position. He was named the Assistant to the General Secretary.