Blog Posts for "General Chapter"

It Is Accomplished! (Almost)

At 12:49pm Rome time today, the General Chapter approved the last paragraph number of the Constitutions. That means the job of revising the Constitutions is virtually completed. I say completed, because we still must approve about 8 chapters in their entirety, a vote that went without serious challenge on the previous chapters. Then, we will take a vote to approve the whole text that contains 12 chapters. All expect these remaining votes to go smoothly. We gather at 4pm to complete these loose ends.We also have to take a vote on another item of business, a resolution on our Capuchin identity....

Minority, Councilors, Initial Formation, Custodies and Vicars

A little more than a week ago, Bro. Steve Greco made a comment on one of my posts from General Chapter asking for information about the content of the Constitutions that we are renewing. It was very difficult then to describe a lot of it, because the direction of most debates was very uncertain. Well, lots of things were decided this week.Probably of great interest to our Capuchin brothers still in initial formation is that the definition of Capuchin formation was changed. Constitution 23,4 (the number will change later) will now read: "Formation in our Order is implemented in two...

How Do We Vote on the Constitutions?

This final week, the members of the 84th General Chapter of the Capuchins began voting on each of the 12 chapters of their revised constitutions. At the end of Tuesday, they had approved 4 of those chapters, though chapter one will likely need to be voted on again because of procedural shortcomings. The process is exhausting.This is the third phase of the process to approve Constitutions during this chapter. During the first phase, language working groups submitted proposals to change each chapter. Those proposals were considered by a commission composed of other delegates who then delivered a new version of the...

Archbishop Tobin Visits General Chapter

Archbishop Joseph Tobin, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, visited the General Chapter today, presiding at the Eucharistic celebration of the Feast of the Stigmata. The archbishop showed off his Franciscan knowledge by recounting much of the story behind Francis' stigmata.  He also related personal stories linking him to the Capuchins. The stories began when Mauro Jöhri, general minister, told the crowd that Archbishop Tobin's mother had brought communion to the enclosed mother of our former general minister, Bishop John Corriveau. Tobin then included in his introductory remarks to the Eucharist...

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