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Second meeting of the preparatory Commission of the 21st General Chapter

28/02/2008: General House

From 11-16 February 2008, a meeting was held in the General House, Rome, of the members of the preparatory Commission of the 21st General Chapter to plan the work recommended to them.

In order to have a wider view of the task which is recommended to them and a deeper perspective of their work, the commission had the opportunity to listen to the General Council concerning the situation of the Institute today and the challenges that must be confronted. Also, during the meeting, the members took part in a working session with Father Tonelli SDB, from the Salesian University, an expert in youth pastoral, to analyze ”The situation of young people today.

The preparatory commission concluded and approved the entire calendar for the animation and preparation of the Chapter until its inception, pointing out the objectives and phases to be accomplished. Information and documents will be published within the next few weeks.

Among the documents already planned is the preparation of the complete support material needed to prepare and encourage reflection in the Brothers throughout the whole Institute, a handbook on institutional discernment in advance of the Chapter and the most appropriate method for the animation of the Lay people, the Brothers and the communities. The components of the logo, which is yet to be made up, have already been outlined, the slogan which will be the focus of the life of the Chapter and plans to determine the meeting place, teams of local animation, etc.

The next working-meetings for the Commission are planned for April, July and December of 2008.

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