The Extraordinary Definitory’s last day began with Lauds at 7:00 a.m. enlivened in Italian by the group from Central Europe. Participants went into the meeting room immediately after breakfast, where, after a few moments of prayer led by Father Miguel Márquez, Father Agustí Borrell, Vicar General, gave a conference on an important topic. At the request of the Father General and all the Definitors, this conference was intended to bring about dialogue among the Major Superiors regarding the presence of religious in territories of other Provinces.
After a detailed and well-founded presentation, some questions were suggested. The Superiors studied them for the rest of the morning in their language groups, preparing to present them in the first afternoon session.
Later, the groups had the opportunity to study the message from the Order’s Definitory prepared by an ad hoc committee. After listening to everyone’s suggestions, a vote was held which resulted in the decision that the committee, considering what was said in the meeting room, would make a definitive message which will be made public shortly.
After the session concluded, Father Javier Mena, Definitor General and moderator, thanked all for their participation and collaboration. After a brief intermission, the 2017 OCD General Definitory of Ariccia was concluded with the votive Mass of Saint Teresa of Jesus presided over by Father Saverio, Superior General. Father General asked the Major Superiors to look at and let themselves by looked at by Jesus and listen to him in a Teresian and Sanjuanist spirit.
The General Definitory, presided over by Father Saverio, will meet in the Generalate beginning on September 7th. Among other things, they will analyze the results of this meeting.
We thank God for these days of fraternal communion in which we strengthened our Teresian family ties and have grown in our desire to belong absolutely to Christ following our Holy Mother’s example and helped by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, our Father and Lord.
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