In the afternoon of June 16, the first day of the Extraordinary General Chapter of the Camillians opened with a greeting from the Vicar General Father Paul Guarise and a welcome to Father Sandro Perrone, a representative of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
Immediately after, the letter of Monsignor Carballo, Secretary of the Congregation was read which indicates the tasks and role of the Representative of the Holy See to the Chapter. Then a word from Father Perrone expressing his fraternity to the capitulars and explaining that at the conclusion of the Chapter he will report to the Congregation for Religious.
After the roll call of capitulars, the regulations of the Chapter was approved and the nomination of two scrutineers Father Alberto Marques and Father Hubert Goudjinou were presented.
Afterwards, Father Gianfranco Luanardon was elected by an absolute majority as Secretary of the Chapter; 43 years old from Padova belonging to the Italian Province and currently the chaplain of orthopedic institute of Rizzoli in Bologna.
Then the Chapter participants listened to the reports of the outgoing Consultors – Father Alberto Marques, Consultor for Ministry and Secretary-General; Father Hubert Goudjinou, Consultor for Formation; Brother Dieudonne Sorgho, Consultor for Missions and General Bursar. The three have evidenced that the event known to all have slowed down a lot the performance of their duties in the past year.
Father Paul Guarise, the Vicar General of the Order, presented the Status Ordinis of this year presenting clearly the events that happened and its evolution at present. He also read the decree of the Congregation of Religious which indicates the exceptions from the Constitution for the celebration of an extraordinary chapter.
A very significant aspect of this, is that all major superiors and delegates will begin a new treinium upon the election of the new Superior General.
The day ended with vespers and a dinner.
This morning at 9:00 at the chapter hall, the Minutes of yesterday was read and approved.
It was elected also the President of the Chapter in the person of Father Leocir Pessini and the members of the Definitory – Brother Jose Carlos Bermejo, Father Vittorio Paleari, Father Joaquim Cipriano and Father Antonio Puca.
The role of the President and the Definitory is to guide the General Chapter until the election of the new Superior General.
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Opening of the Extraordinary General Chapter of the Camillians