2nd Session of the 27th Provincial Chapter, In Barcelona.
On 25, 26 and 27 May, in the city of Barcelona, the Brothers of St. Gabriel held the second session of their 27th Provincial Chapter.
In presence, of our special guest, Bro. Yvan Passebon, Vicar General, the Provincial Chapter discussed and voted on the various proposals for the elaboration of the Provincial Planning for the years 2017 to 2019. As a backdrop for our reflection, the forthcoming 32nd General Chapter of the Brothers of St. Gabriel, which will be held next year, in Rome, with the theme: “Fraternal Life and the Communitarian Dimension of the Montfortian Mission”.
As a priority objective, the Capitulars made proposals on the promotion of fraternal life, both between Brothers and between Communities. We also insisted on the care to be given to animation and creativity during the moments of prayer and spirituality, dialogue and formation, and on the means to be taken so that more frequent meetings of our different Communities be held, thus encouraging more sharing between them.
The Community dimension of the Montfortian mission was the main subject which was discussed during the morning session on 26 May. Some thirty teachers from all the Gabrielite Schools of the Province joined the Brothers of the Chapter to take part in a day of fraternal sharing and dialogue. That valuable experience intended to strengthen partnership in our mission. Orientations and proposals were also made to encourage the members of our educational communities to elaborate a plan of formation and to strengthen personal adherence to the educational-evangelizing mission of the Brothers of St. Gabriel, in line with the Montfortian Charism.
We took advantage of our meeting to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Bro. Yvan Passebon, Vicar General. This was a fitting occasion to express our fraternal affection for him. And this, for many years to come!