On November 6-8, 30 Brothers gathered at Techny Towers in Northbrook, Illinois for Session I of the Midwest District Chapter. Session II will occur a year from now; during the “in-between” time, Brothers will engage in conversations around the 25 proposals they drew up during the session. They also drew up a suggested process and timeline for the discussions.
The delegates divided into five theme groups: Aging and Senior Brothers, Community Living, Resources, Formation, and Mission. The Chapter Steering Team chosen once the delegates assembled included Brothers Bill Clarey, Michael French, James Gaffney, Mike O’Hern, and Jim Zullo. Brother Larry Schatz in his role as Visitor presided over the Chapter.
The general consensus is that the time together was very productive and the delegates look forward to engaging the Brothers of the District around the proposals. Thanks to everyone for their prayers!
The Midwest District Brother Jubilarians were honored at a special liturgy on Saturday, July 20 at St. Charles Borromeo Chapel on the Lewis University campus.
Brother Jubilarians getting ready to process in (St. Charles Borromeo Chapel)
Brother Larry Schatz, Visitor, introduced each of the Jubilarians and shared some information about each one as they processed in.
Brother Jubilarians renew their vows
During the mass two significant rites took place: Brother Anthony (Tony) Elfering received the habit as he prepares to enter our Regional Novitiate in August.
Brother Anthony (Tony) receives the habit
Also two postulants, Brothers Jonathon Emmanuelson and Mark Engelmeyer renewed their promises, and three young men, Ryan Anderson, Jerry Brocky and Michael Phipps made their first promises as they prepare to enter the Jeremy House next month.
Moment where the postulants renew their promise
The mass was followed by a reception in the Lewis University Field House.
Brother Leo Kramper and relatives celebrate his 50th anniversary
Congratulations to our novice, postulants and all the jubilarians.
Group of Brother Jubilarians