GC45: A New Era Begins

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This has been quite a week! By now, you know that the election process has been completed with the election of a new Superior and Vicar, plus five Councilors who also have a responsibility for specific Regions. While both Brothers Bob and Jorge are “repeaters”, all the councilors are new. I think we all believed that it is important to signal to the entire Lasallian Family that the next seven years will not be “business as usual.”

We spent a lot of time doing this these last few days.

We spent a lot of time doing this these last few days.

Some of you may be wondering why there are only five councilors. since eight were chosen at the 44th General Chapter. This was the subject of much discussion and the Government Thematic Group decided to propose that there be five Councilors, but that the SG could always appoint one or two extra if he deems it necessary. As you may recall, the last Chapter ended with clear “job descriptions” for the new position of Councilors who served the Regions, but without clearly defined roles for the three Councillors who were in residence here at the Generalate. So, this “streamlining” seemed to make a lot of sense to all of us. The fact that none of the five Councilors from the past seven years was re-elected is not a reflection on their effectiveness or lack thereof, but rather a desire to start anew. That said, a huge GRAZIE to Brothers Tom, Alberto, David, Edgar, Gabriel, and Jacques, and of course, to Brother Alvaro for his 21 years of service to the Institute as both Vicar and Superior General.

Bro. Tim being congratulated by the Superior General.

Bro. Tim being congratulated by the Superior General.

Bro. Bob congratulating Bro. Aidan, Councilor serving RELEM.

Bro. Bob congratulating Bro. Aidan, Councilor serving RELEM.

Bro. Paulo (RELAL) being congratulated by a fellow delegate.

Bro. Paulo (RELAL) being congratulated by a fellow delegate.

Brother Pierre Outarra (RELAF) and Bro. Ricky Laguda (PARC) are not capitulants and therefore were not present as they were elected. Our five young “scrutineers” have also been very busy these past few days verifying probably 15 separate votes. Hats off to our vote monitors!

Ballots are the only times we have used paper at this Chapter.

Ballots are the only times we have used paper at this Chapter.

Bro. Francisco (aka Sockie) from the Philippines shares his experience as one of the scrutineers, which is more than just serving as a “vote-counter”:

Thank you, Brother, for your powerful witness!

Despite the rigorous schedule this week, which includes working all day tomorrow (Saturday), we did take time out to celebrate Wednesday night at the RELEM social. It was great fun!

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Bro. Rafa from Spain “conducts” a dance line.

On Thursday evening, Brothers here from the Midwest District went out for dinner at a nearby restaurant. Bro. Tom Johnson, former Vicar General, chose the place and we toasted him during the meal. It was a very relaxing evening together. Unfortunately, Bro. John Blease could not join us.

Midwest Brothers Gus, Michael, Larry, Tom, and Marty.

Midwest Brothers Gus, Michael, Larry, Tom, and Marty.

We are in the midst of discussing many proposals from the seven thematic groups. Some are evoking lively discussion. The proposals that pass will form the Acts of the Chapter. Back to work!

-BL

 

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3 thoughts on “GC45: A New Era Begins

  1. Marianne Stich

    Thank you so much for keeping us all updated! This General Chapter has been so accessible. I got goose bumps watching your video of Br. Bob accepting the office. You hear about those things and you know they happen, but being able to experience it in that way was awesome!

    I hope you enjoy the remainder of the chapter. I’m sure things will be interesting as you indicate. Not all Brothers have the same ideas :):) as you know so well.

    Safe travels home. Hope to see you this summer.

    Marianne

  2. CG

    Through your blog, your words and photos we have been able to experience the 45th General Chapter. This is an opportunity that we will never forget. Because of your efforts we feel very close to the process and the people. We feel proud of our district and proud of the Lasallian process of moving forward. Blessings on your work that is coming to an end and your work that is just beginning.

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