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General Chapter 2013

General Chapter begins on Wednesday 1 May 2013.

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Friday 17 May Final Day. We conclude the final day business. We leave here tomorrow.

Thursday 16 May We elect the 3rd Consultor. Fr Albert Marques from Brazil. We also elect Bro. Sergo Didone, 4th Consultor.

Wednesday 15 May We continue today voting on the General Statutes. Not an easy task. We also elect the third Consultor. We elected Fr Hubert from Benin as secretary for Formation. Tomorrow morning we elect the 4th Consultor for Ministry.

Tuesday 14 May We continue voting on the General Statutes and today we elect the Vicar General. FR PAUL GUARISE ELECTED VICAR GENERAL

Monday 13 May Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Morning is devoted to voting on the amendments to the Constitution. At 5pm we elect the General.

Sunday 12 May After Mass we in St Padre Pio's chuch we have a civic reception. Following this we travel to the Valley of Hell where we visit the sight of Camillus' conversion

Saturday 11 May we go to Bucchianico for Mass and a civic reception. In the afternoon we travel to San Giovanni Rotondo.

Friday 10 May. Today we continued from yesterday. We continued with voting on the operational guidelines re the Camillian Project as well as voting on the motions of the Provinces and the Consulta. Unfortunately both the Anglo-irish Province motions were rejected.

Thursday 9 May Sadly today we learn Fr Shibin has died in Bangalore. RIP

Wednesday 8 May Today we selected the Definitorium. Fr Monks is president and the others are Frs Paleari, Gregotsch, Bro. Bermechio & Fr Brusco.

Tuesday 7 May. Today we broke into small groups to discuss the Consulta reports. We are slightly behind in the timetable. We ended the day with Mass celebrated by Cardinal Aris, from Brazil. A man who made a very good impression. Tomorrow we elect the Definitiorium.

Monday 6 May. Today we examine the reports of the General Consulta. A full day. More is needed. We end the day with a brief talk from Archbishop Symosky, President of the Pontifical Council for Helath Care Workers. Then Mass followed by evening meal. Tuesday sees the election of the Definitorium who will guide the Chapter's proceedings.

Sunday 5 May. Morning. We went to the sanctuary of the Divine Master with Mass celebrated by our Camillian Bishop, Prosper Kontiebo. Prosper has agreed to come to Ireland in August and September. This is excellent for us as we highlight the IV Centenary of the death of St Camillus. We look forward to welcoming him. We returned in the afternoon. Meanwhile I am burdened by Newcastle's relegation worries. Why do they do this to me and so many others. Or why do I allow this to affect me in such a way. Help me Lord.

Saturday 4 May. The morning session will deal with the reports of the Order, particularly the Status Ordinus - State of the Order. We continued the reports in the afternoon.

Friday 3 May. Morning saw an early trip for all to the Maddalena. We were given a tour of the house and church. We saw the bones and skull of St Camillus, his heart and a new effigy of the Saint. Photos to follow. Mass was celebrated by the Fr General Renato Salvatore at 11:30 during which we heard an inspired homily on St Camillus and his first followers at the beginnings of this Order. After lunch we parted company with our lay friends and we returned to Arricia to begin the Chapter proper to the members.

Thursday 2 May. We will focus in the morning secession on the IV Centenary celebrations. There are many initiaves and ideas in process to celebrate the Centenary. The afternoon session, we looked at communication as an institutional strategy of the Order worldwide. Tomorrow Friday, we visit the Generalate, the Maddalena.

Wednesday, 1 May begins with a day of prayer and reflection. Its the Feast of St Joseph, man of honour, and we are here reflecting on what we are about as chapter members; Camillians as we walk through our history and try to follow the example of St Camillus and his inspirational followers.

Our Lay Camillian members are with us for the first two days. Brigid OBrien represents the Lay Camillian Family. She is here with Frs Stephen, Frank & Tom. Pray for us.

Tuesday 30 April. Today we are overcome with sadness and shock at the sudden and untimely loss of two of our Kenyan Camillian confreres. Fr Richard, age 34, and Fr Stephen age 31 were both killed at one in the morning when they were hit by a bus. They were returning from a vocations conference and sadly the road is in a poor condition and possibly not all vehicles were well lit. Fr Stephen, the driver, was killed instantly. Fr Richard died while on his way to the hospital. i remember them both well from my stays in Kenya and their loss is tragic and a big loss for the Order. May they rest in peace. Amen. Fr Stephen