Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Day 15 of the General Chapter
The day started with Lauds and Mass, taken care of by the Japanese group within the Region of Oriens. Today we commemorate Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, and Paul Chong Hasang, and their Companions, Martyrs. We prayed especially for our community in South Korea, and for the people of North Korea, who go through a very difficult period. We pray for peace.
Today we also celebrated the birthday of Mother Maria Gratia, the abbess of Maria Frieden, and of Sister Grace, one of the secretaries in the aula. They not only share the same birthday, they also share the same name Grace/Gratia.
The first part of the morning was taken up by a series of votes and of presentation of votes, among other about the resignation of Superiors ad Nutum to be approved or not, a new foundation to be approved, a resignation of an abbot to accepted, the formation program Experientia, the regional procedure, etcetera. After that we listened to reports of several commissions concerning the house reports, concerning the resignation of some Superiors ad Nutum, and abbots.
Finally, before the break Dom Isidoro presented the working paper on the Financial Needs of the Houses of the Order, which has to be studied in the different commissions.
For the rest of the day, we worked in our commissions or in the special commissions ad hoc, on the house reports and on the presented paper.
Again it was a busy but inspiring day.
Region of the Isles