On June 1, the General Definitory began its quarterly meeting. A hallmark of this meeting is the confinement of the Superior General and Definitors in the General House in Rome since the last meeting in March. Logically, there have been no visits to provinces or travel of any kind, although the Definitory has been able to follow the situation of the circumscriptions using telematic technologies.
During this time, the Definitory will analyze the state of affairs of the numerous provincial chapters that are pending. The hope is that it will be possible to celebrate most of them in June and July. Meanwhile, preparation for the next course will move forward, focusing on the General Chapter which is expected to be held in May 2021. An important milestone that will occur previous to that event is the Extraordinary Definitory in which the new provincial superiors are called to participate. Because the initial plan to celebrate it at the end of August in Mexico is unlikely, a new date will be decided upon in this meeting.
As usual, the Definitory will discuss other specific topics of interest in the present moment and will especially take into consideration the way in which the unexpected and surprising coronavirus pandemic has affected friars, nuns, and seculars, and its consequences in the life of the Order.