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11/3: Tuesday After a short General Assembly in which the Rector Major made some comments, Chapter members moved on to work in their Commissions. By lunch time the Commissions had gone through Module 1 ''Mystics in the Spirit'', and made a new draft of the 'Listening' and 'Interpretation' sections of that Module. In the evening sessions the commissions did the same with the Module 2 ''Prophets of Fraternity''. 12/3: Wednesday The whole day was spent in the Commissions discussing Module 3, ''Servants of the Young'', and writing anew the ''Way Forward'' sections of Modules 1 and 2, ''Mystics and Prophets''. 13/3: Thursday Most of the day was spent in the General Assembly. Discussion was opened on the three proposals from the Juridical Commission of which the one that drew intense reaction, mostly negative, was the proposal to suppress the post of the Councillor General for the Missions and make Missions a Secretariate under the Department of Youth Pastoral. The nature of the debate was such that there was the possibility of a polarisation among Chapter members, with Europe supporting the proposal and the rest of the regions against it. Hence the Commission Chairman decided not even to have a straw vote on the issue, although it was contemplated earlier. In the last session of the day, work continued in the Commissions on finalizing the ''Way Forward'' section of the three modules. 14/3: Friday Morning was spent in General Assembly continuing the discussion and straw voting on the proposals of the Juridical Commission. There was much discussion on the proposal to suppress the post of the Councillor General for Social Communications, and entrusting his responsibilities to a Secretariat directly under the charge of the Rector Major (similar to the proposal in regard to the Councillor for Missions). Most of the interventions were against the proposal, even though there was also strong support for the proposal. There was difference of opinion even among members of the Juridical Commission themselves. Again, a polarization was evident. At the end of the discussion, the Rector Major, Fr. Chavez, felt it necessary to intervene not in his individual capacity but as Rector Major. Fr. Chavez referred to a study entrusted by Fr. Juan Vecchi as Rector Major to the renowned British Consulting firm Cooper & Lybrand on the constitution of the General Council. They had suggested, following a business model, that the Council consist only of the Rector Major, his Vicar, and the Councillor for Formation and the one for Youth Pastoral. Even the Economer General was not to be included. They had also suggested the Regional Councillors having a similar council. Fr. Vecchi and the entire then General Council had unanimously rejected the model suggested as not suitable for a religious congregation. Fr. Chavez was a member of that Council. The Rector Major's observation seemed to indicate (though he did not state it explicitly) that reducing the number of members in the General Council may not be a good idea. The evening session was devoted to commission work. The commissions were to react to the integrated text of Module 1 ''Mystic in the Spirit'', that had been prepared by the Redaction (Drafting) Committee and presented in the Assembly this morning and to finalize the Commissions' drafts on the ''Way Forward'' section of the Module 1. 15/3: Saturday The schedule on Saturday mornings was a little different from that of the week days. Instead of morning prayer in language groups at 6.30 A.M. we had Lectio Divina together, conducted by Msgr Enrico dal Covolo SDB, the Rector Magnificus of the Lateran University at 7.00 A.M. in the Aula Magna. There was only session of work from 9.30 to 11.00 A.M. Mass was at 11.45 A.M. in the large group. Time after lunch was free. In the working session this morning there was discussion and straw votes on the Juridical Commission's proposals. This was followed by the presentation of the four Study Commissions' drafts of the ''Way Forward.'' This morning Mass was presided over by Bishop Hon Thai Fai Savio SDB who is currently the Secretary for the Propaganda Fide. In his homily the Chinese Archbishop from Hong Kong presented Francis Xavier as a model for missionary work inviting us to dream, dare and be holy. On Sunday an outing to Florence was organized. About 80 of us went to Florence. I shall report on this very interesting visit on another day. - Fr. Jose Parappully, SDB (INN) ' >
GC 27: Ringside Views & News - 9: THE SECOND WEEK AT THE GENERAL CHAPTER
By Fr. Jose Parappully  - 1 Comments
Kolkata, Mar. 18. -   ROME: At the beginning of the second week (10-15 March), the Rector Major gave a synthesis of the work done in the previous week. He said the Assembly had discussed the challenges that came up from the reports of the Rector Major and the General Councillors; these were clarified through the discussion in the commissions and the General Assembly; as a result we were able to identify priority areas for renewal of the Congregation.
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10/3: Monday

After the Rector Major's presentation of the synthesis of the work done in the previous week, Fr. Manuel Cayo, member of the Technical Commission that prepared the Working Document, then gave an explanation of the criteria and rationale used in drawing up the document and what was expected from the members in working with the document.

Fr. Cayo also gave an introduction to another document, ''Evaluating Structures of the Congregation's Central government.'' He described the dynamics involved in the evaluation and the outcome.

The Moderator then explained the process of working on the Working Document and the members moved into Commissions to study and comment on the Working Document.

11/3: Tuesday

After a short General Assembly in which the Rector Major made some comments, Chapter members moved on  to work in their Commissions.

By lunch time the Commissions had gone through Module 1 ''Mystics in the Spirit'', and made a new draft of the 'Listening' and 'Interpretation' sections of that Module.

In the evening sessions the commissions did the same with the Module 2 ''Prophets of Fraternity''.

12/3: Wednesday

The whole day was spent in the Commissions discussing Module 3, ''Servants of the Young'', and writing anew the ''Way Forward'' sections of  Modules 1 and 2, ''Mystics and Prophets''.

13/3: Thursday

Most of the day was spent in the General Assembly. Discussion was opened on the three proposals from the Juridical Commission of which the one that drew intense reaction, mostly negative, was the proposal to suppress the post of the Councillor General for the Missions and make Missions a Secretariate under the Department of Youth Pastoral.

The nature of the debate was such that there was the possibility of a polarisation among Chapter members, with Europe supporting the proposal and the rest of the regions against it. Hence the Commission Chairman decided not even to have a straw vote on the issue, although it was contemplated earlier.

In the last session of the day, work continued in the Commissions on finalizing the ''Way Forward'' section of the three modules.

14/3: Friday

Morning was spent in General Assembly continuing the discussion and straw voting on the proposals of the Juridical Commission.

There was much discussion on the proposal to suppress the post of the Councillor General for Social Communications, and entrusting his responsibilities to a Secretariat directly under the charge of the Rector Major (similar to the proposal in regard to the Councillor for Missions). Most of the interventions were against the proposal, even though there was also strong support for the proposal. There was difference of opinion even among members of the Juridical Commission themselves. Again, a polarization was evident.

At the end of the discussion, the Rector Major, Fr. Chavez, felt it necessary to intervene not in his individual capacity but as Rector Major.

Fr. Chavez referred to a study entrusted by Fr. Juan Vecchi as Rector Major to the renowned British Consulting firm Cooper & Lybrand on the constitution of the General Council. They had suggested, following a business model, that the Council consist only of the Rector Major, his Vicar, and the Councillor for Formation and the one for Youth Pastoral. Even the Economer General was not to be included.  They had also suggested the Regional Councillors having a similar council.

Fr. Vecchi and the entire then General Council had unanimously rejected the model suggested as not suitable for a religious congregation. Fr. Chavez was a member of that Council.

The Rector Major's observation seemed to indicate (though he did not state it explicitly) that reducing the number of members in the General Council may not be a good idea.

The evening session was devoted to commission work. The commissions were to react to the integrated text of Module 1 ''Mystic in the Spirit'', that had been prepared by the Redaction (Drafting) Committee and presented in the Assembly this morning and to finalize the Commissions' drafts on the ''Way Forward'' section of the Module 1.

15/3: Saturday

The schedule on Saturday mornings was a little different from that of the week days. Instead of morning prayer in language groups at 6.30 A.M. we had Lectio Divina together, conducted by Msgr  Enrico dal Covolo SDB, the Rector Magnificus of the Lateran University at 7.00 A.M. in the Aula Magna.

There was only session of work from 9.30 to 11.00 A.M. Mass was at 11.45 A.M. in the large group. Time after lunch was free.

In the working session this morning there was discussion and straw votes on the Juridical Commission's proposals. This was followed by the presentation of the four Study Commissions' drafts of the ''Way Forward.''

This morning Mass was presided over by Bishop Hon Thai Fai Savio  SDB who is currently the Secretary for the Propaganda Fide. In his homily the Chinese Archbishop from Hong Kong presented Francis Xavier as a model for missionary work inviting us to dream, dare and be holy.

On Sunday an outing to Florence was organized. About 80 of us went to Florence. I shall report on this very interesting visit on another day.

- Fr. Jose Parappully, SDB (INN)

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Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM India Itanagar
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March 18, 2014

Thank you for the "binocular view" of the weekly summary... Can we have a more "ringside view" of news, views / opinions?





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