Day 3: The reports begin
part of every General Chapter is the presentation of reports that bring the
capitulars up-to-date on the state of the Congregation. Of course, the central
report is that of the Superior General which has already been posted on the
Oblate web site. But the five Oblate regions also have the opportunity to
inform the Chapter about the challenges and successes in their particular parts
of the world. There will also be reports from the Standing Committee of
Brothers and from the Oblates and Lay Associates Committee.
September 10, was the day for four regions to present their reports. In the
morning, there were presentations from the regions of Africa-Madagascar and
Latin America. In the afternoon, there were reports from Asia-Oceania and
After each 20 minute
report, the capitulars huddled in small groups to express their impressions.
Then there was time for a few comments and questions, with responses by various
members of the presenting region.
In the evening after supper, there was a rare
obligatory plenary session. The Superior General, Fr. Wilhelm Steckling; the Vicar General, Fr.
Eugene KING; and the Provincial of France, Fr. Yves CHALVET DE RÉCY spoke to
the assembly about the proposed international community at our original
foundation in Aix-en-Provence, France. This proposed community has already been
explained at length in the OMI Communiqué No. 111. Brother Benoît DOSQUET
presented a PowerPoint about the future plans for the cradle of the