GC45: Founder’s Day: “Buona Festa!”

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That’s right, you’re looking at the cake that was wheeled out after a delicious lunch on Founder’s Day. I don’t want to think about it too much, because the thought of  Our Holy Founder’s image being cut up into small pieces is not the best takeaway from the day! That said, the cake was very tasty, and our mid-day celebration was enjoyable. It really is a blessing to be here at the Generalate celebrating Founders Day with Brothers from around the world. Several of us mentioned that to one another.

I was honored that the District icon of our Founder by Bro. William Woeger was used on the monitor. Earlier this week, I had placed on each desk a “holy card” of the icon from our District with a special message on the back.

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At the end of our mid-day mass we honored the outgoing Central Government. That includes Brothers Alvaro and Tom as the major superiors plus our eight General Councilors:

Bro. Alvaro being affirmed by the congregation.

Bro. Alvaro being affirmed by the congregation.

After mass, with the cooperation of Mother Nature, we had a reception outside and then a special meal planned by Bro. Louis DeThomasis. Needless to say, it was a bit challenging to get back to work later that afternoon!

Bros. Larry, Marty, Tom, Chris, and Diego (Bogota)

Bros. Larry, Marty, Tom, Chris, and Diego (Bogota)

RELAL Brothers Ricardo, Antonio, and Humberto.

RELAL Brothers Ricardo, Antonio, and Humberto.

Dennis and I with RELAF Bros. Felicien, Belayneh,  Anthony, and Peter.

Dennis and I with RELAF Bros. Felicien, Belayneh, Anthony, and Peter.

Porchetta!

Porchetta!

In case it’s looking like all we do is celebrate and have socials, let me assure you that our daily schedule, even on Founder’s day, keeps us hopping from the Aula Magna to our small group to another group, and then to prayer. It’s all good, but the days here are long. We spent Thursday and Friday listening to the proposals of the seven thematic groups. Next week after the elections of the Superior G, the Vicar, and the Councilors, we will get back to actually voting on which proposals will become directives going forward till the next Chapter.

Even though this Chapter and all its deliberations becomes its own world, we are ever mindful of the world “out there” and like everyone else, we Capitulants are very concerned about the kidnapped schoolgirls of Nigeria. Since the rights and concerns of young people are central to our mission, we felt obliged as Lasallians to speak out with one voice. We wrote a letter to the President of Nigeria which was delivered yesterday to the Nigerian embassy. The text of the letter can be found on the Conference website at: http://lasallian.info/2014/05/16/prayers-and-hope-continue-for-nigeria/ It really is worth your reading.

The beginning of the letter (taken off my laptop)

The beginning of the letter (taken off my laptop)

Bro. Peter Kombe from the Lwanga District (which includes Nigeria) personally delivered the letter to the embassy, and in this video he speaks both of his experience here at the Chapter as well as about the letter and its significance.

Thank you Peter for representing all of us in this most important mission!

And so ends week #4. There will be lots of news next week. We begin with a discernment retreat next Monday and move to the election of the Superior General on Tuesday and the others on Wednesday and Thursday. Keep those prayers coming!

-BL

 

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One thought on “GC45: Founder’s Day: “Buona Festa!”

  1. CG

    I have so many comments, i might need to start my own blog.
    I can see now the value of the length of the Chapter. Would it be possible for the Chapter to be shorter, probably yes, but the time spent together translates into the power of the group effort.
    The Midwest District is so proud of Brother Peter and the all the ‘capitulants’ formulating the letter on behalf of the kidnapped Nigerian girls and delivering it to the embassy. Brother Peter’s words that when you educate a girl, you educate a village, is such an empowering message to young women everywhere. Even in our own country girls need to be reminded to value their opportunities to be educated.
    We wait anxiously for news this week regarding elections. Our prayers are with you. God bless all the efforts of the 45th General Chapter.

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