THE 34th GENERAL CHAPTER OF THE AUGUSTINS OF THE ASSUMPTION
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Place: Rome at the Passionist (Piazza SS. Giovanni e Paolo al Celio, 13).
Date: from June 1 (morning) to June 25 (evening).
Theme chosen is: « “The Kingdom of God is at hand” (Mk 1:15).
Living and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel »
PRAYER FOR THE GENERAL CHAPTER
Lord God, source of all life, we come to
entrust to you our Congregation and all of
its activities in this year of Chapter. May we
experience your love and your presence in
our lives and in the lives of our brothers and
sisters in the Church and in the world. Help
us to be ever aware that your Kingdom is
near and to hasten it by becoming its true
Let our Congregation remain a place where
the Gospel is proclaimed in season and out
of season, awakening in us and around us
the joy and the hope that your Spirit alone
offers to humanity. Give to all of us, religious
and lay Assumptionists, a solid faith and
renewed creativity so that we might not
abandon your will and your summons, even
as the world often claims to be able to move
forward without You.
Mary, Our Lady of Hope and Mother of the
Church, intercede for us so that the Holy
Spirit may accompany us at all times in our
mission to extend the Kingdom of your Son
in fraternity and unity. Amen!
Composition of the Chapter The base number for the election of delegates is 35. This number was determined by the Plenary General Council. Each province that, as of January 1, 2022, numbered 35 religious or less has a right, therefore, to one delegate. If a province has 35 to 70 religious, it must designate 2 religious and so on, every additional grouping of 35 religious giving a province a right to another delegate. In this way the chapter will be made up of 29 elected members, as follows:
- 1 delegate: Brazil.
- 2 delegates: the Andean Province and the Province of North America.
- 3 delegates: the province of Madagascar, the Vice-province of East Africa.
- 8 delegates: the Province of Africa.
- 10 delegates: the Province of Europe.
To these elected members, constituting a majority, there shall be added 14 ex officio members (the Superior General and his four Assistants, a general officer, the previous Superior General, and the 7 Provincial and Vice-provincial Superiors). Therefore, the chapter will made up of 43 capitulants. During the first week of the chapter, a maximum of 15 lay members will participate in the chapter, including the five members of the International Lay/Religious Commission. The Superior General will invite other lay delegates as proposed by the various provinces.
The theme chosen is: « “The Kingdom of God is at hand” (Mk 1:15). Living and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel ». Faithful to the charism handed down by our beloved founder, Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon, we want to pursue the mission and to work for the coming of the Kingdom of God in us and around us. Our chapter will take place in a particular context, that of the preparation for the Synod on synodality: “Toward a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission” which will take place in Rome in October 2023.