Chronicles of the General Assembly

Day 19, July 15: Forward in Hope

Day 19, July 15: Forward in Hope

The assembly began this last day by remembering in our prayers all those who died or were wounded in the terrorist attack yesterday in Nice…. Fr. Tomaz ended with some powerful words: “Let’s keep dreaming, but let’s dream together. If one person dreams alone, the dream remains a dream. But if we dream together, the dream becomes a reality.”

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Day 17, July 13: Coming Down the Stretch

Day 17, July 13: Coming Down the Stretch

Frédéric Pellefigue from the Commission on Synthesis and Redaction presented proposed general lines of action. The floor was then opened for comments. As expected, many delegates made observations and suggestions. After lunch, the delegates again met in continental groups to discuss concrete lines of action for each conference. They will return tomorrow for a plenary session.

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Day 16, July 12: Moving Towards a Vision

Day 16, July 12: Moving Towards a Vision

…the moderator, announced that the Central Commission wanted to assure the delegates that the final document would likely be only five or six pages. The assembly then once more went into small group discussions over the last part of the final document, on what commitments the Congregation could make regarding our missions and apostolic work.

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Day, 15, July 11: Discerning Our Calling

Day, 15, July 11: Discerning Our Calling

Day, 15, July 11: Discerning Our Calling After prayer and the approval of the minutes, the assembly began a discussion on the international missions. Based upon recommendations from the provincial assemblies, the delegates engaged in table discussions about how to...

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Day 13, July 9: Sweet Home Chicago

Day 13, July 9: Sweet Home Chicago

Day 13, July 9: Sweet Home Chicago After prayer, the assembly began as usual with the prayer for the assembly and the approval of the minutes. The Synthesis and Redaction Committee then presented the first draft of the final document. While waiting for copies of the...

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Day 12, July 8: General Election

Day 12, July 8: General Election

Day 12, July 8: General Election  After approving the minutes, the assembly watched a short video from the seminarians of Colombia. They then began the election of the assistants general. The first assistant elected was Aaron Gutierrez. He is 65 years old, the visitor...

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Day 10, July 6: Solidarity

Day 10, July 6: Solidarity

Day 10, July 6: Solidarity The day began with mass celebrated by Fr. Tomaz with the main concelebrants being Michael Talapkanych, the other delegate from the vice-province of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, and Paul Roche of Ireland, the former vice-provincial. In his first...

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