One of the highlights of Wednesday was a virtual visit from the General Councilor from PARC, Bro. Ricky Laguda, who is not a capitulant and currently serves as president of De La Salle University in Manila. Thanks to modern technology, Bro. Ricky was able to greet us and share a few words with us.
Knowing that we only have a week left to complete the revision of The Rule, I think everyone is plugging away, wanting to get this formidable task done. My working group is tackling Chapter 6: Formation. It is a long chapter, and we are working in three languages, so it’s a bit tedious. That said, it’s also a great group. Here’s a photo from yesterday:
We will begin actually voting on the Rule revisions tomorrow, Saturday. Oh, for those days back a few weeks ago when we actually had Saturdays off! Because time is tight and my group is working “overtime” to get our work done, this will be a brief blog.
Besides the delegates, there are several Brothers serving as “support staff”. For example, every day we vote on the minutes of the previous day’s general sessions. That means that you need three recording secretaries and it also means that they have to meet, compare notes that they have taken, and then translate them into three languages. The secretary for French is Bro. Florent Gaudreault from Canada Francophone, who currently serves in the RELAN Regional Office in Washington, DC. I asked him to share a little on his valuable work as a “minutes-taker”:
“Merci” for all your hard work, Brother!
This week’s social was hosted by PARC (Pacific-Asia), an amzaingly diverse Region. A couple “special” items:
One of the many contests that were part of the PARC social was a dance contest. It was pretty tricky, and the following video shows why. Bro. Jhonmar, a Young Brother from Venezuela, showed us how:
All right, back to work…