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General Council - Plenary Session November 2017


The General Council of the Order, presided by the Prior General, P. Alejandro Moral Antón, met in Rome from November 6 – 16, 2017.

Among other themes discussed were the following:

Chapters: Approval of the Acts of the Chapter and the post-capitular nominations from the Ordinary Provincial Chapter of Nigeria.  Approval of the beginning dates and places for the following Ordinary Chapters:  Province of Belgium (2 April, 2018 in Gent, Belgium), Province of Michoacán (25 June, 2018 in the Centro de Espiritualidad Agustiniana, “Casa Hipona”, Moroleón).

Personnel: Discussions on various petitions for exclaustration, and other particular circumstances.

Collegio Santa Monica: Approval of renewal of temporary vows of the professed students.  Approval of nominations of the “padri student” representatives for the local Chapter.

Houses: The General Council was informed of the request to suppress the house in Benevento (Italy) and the request to erect a house in Mocoa (Colombia).  The Prior General has approved both requests.

Circumscriptions and Communities:  The General Council discussed various themes regarding our presence in Nigeria, Brazil, Italy, Abbey of Brno, Collegio Santa Monica, Pontifical Sacristy, and Sant’ Anna Parish in the Vatican.

Province of Belgium:  The Superior Provincial of the Province of Belgium was invited to meet with the General Council to discuss diverse themes.

Ratio Institutionis: Progress continues to be made regarding the final presentation of the Ratio Institutionis at the General Chapter 2019.  A web page has been developed and friars are encouraged to participate and contribute to the Forum section of the web page.  There will be a Congress in Rome for Formators and the Ratio July 2-6, 2018.

Structures of the Order: Discussions took place regarding the criteria that need to be considered for a possible revision of the structures of the Order.

Information:

  • Anthony Banks:  Meeting of OSAAP in October, Meeting of APAC, Meeting of the Secretariat of Justice and Peace, NYC 23-26 October, Conference for the Treasurers of the Order, Roma, October, request from the Religious sisters of Nuestra Señora de los Martires, for aggregation to the Order, Meeting in Rome for the Forum of International Catholic Organizations, December.
  • Edward Daleng:  Meeting of the Commission for Evangelization and Pastoral Ministry, encounter organized for Europe by this Commission in San Gimignano in July 2017, the next meeting of the Commission will be in Valladolid Spain, 23-24 July 2018, Youth Commission: Youth Encounter in Panama from the 15-20 of January 2019, the commission has met to prepare for this Encounter, Information regarding various themes in Kenya, themes regarding the community in Annaba, Algeria.
  • Franz Klein:   Ordinary Provincial Chapters in Ireland (June 2017) and Holland (October 2017)
  • Patricio Villalba:  Intermediate Provincial Chapter in Chile (September 2017): Meeting of the Youth Commission (with Edward Daleng), meeting of Secretariat for Justice and Peace (with Anthony Banks), information update regarding the process of union of the three Vicariates of Peru; meeting of the Commission for Laity (April 2018) and a possible Congress for Laity in June 2019.
  • Joseph Farrell:  Second part of the visitation to the Province of Villanova, exploratio mentis for the election of the Prior Provincial of the Province of Chicago, various themes regarding the Province of Villanova, visitation of the Province of California in January 2018.
  • Luis Marín: Novitiate for Southern Europe; themes regarding the Province of Italy; exploratio mentis for the elections of the prior provincials of Spain and Malta; themes regarding the Federation of the provinces in Spain, English language Spirituality Course organized by the Augustinian Spirituality Institute; themes regarding the General Archives.
  • Alejandro Moral Antón: Information regarding the meeting of those responsible for the Theological Centers of the Order, 11 November in Roma.

Economy: The Economo General shared information regarding various economic themes, works and budgets.  The Balance sheet of income and expenses from last year and the proposed budget for the coming year were approved.

Communication: The General Council met with P. Michele Falcone regarding Communications in the Order.

Commissions of the Order:  The composition of membership in each commission was reviewed.

Luther Congress: Evaluation of the Congress which took place in Rome, November 9-11, 2017.

The next meeting of the General Council will take place in Rome, January 29-February 10, 2018.

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