March 1st, 2016
The pre-chapter commission had its 4th meeting during the first week of February, working on some of the final details for the 36th chapter which celebrates the 200thanniversary of the Congregation.
Second meeting of commission
With the initial documents already in the hands of provincials and superiors, and being distributed rapidly to the entire Oblate congregation, the focus of the meeting turned to the next steps to be taken in preparation for the gathering in the Congregation’s 200thanniversary year.
The election of delegates is also underway, with the approval by the Superior General in Council of the plans of 3 regions; and two more regional plans will be reviewed at the April/May plenary session.
The commission met with Fr. Gilberto PIÑÓN to see how the plans for the 3rdyear of the Oblate Triennium could be linked with the chapter preparation, and with Fr. Shanil JAYAWARDENA to discuss the possibilities for the Oblate Communications Service to assist in Chapter preparation as well as provide updates and highlights during the Chapter itself.
Reports from the Oblate provinces, delegations, missions and regions are a key part, along with the reports of the Superior General and General Treasurer, of the first days of any Chapter. Plans for these reports will be distributed as soon as possible to the various Oblate leaders. A request for proposals from individual Oblates, communities and committees for topics for the chapter to discuss will also be forthcoming soon.
Finally, the commission reviewed a number of possible logos for the Chapter which could fit in with the theme of "Evangelizare pauperibus misit me—pauperes evangelizantur” and the 200thanniversary of our foundation. These were presented, together with a list of possible auxiliary personnel for the Chapter, and other recommendations to the Council liaison, Fr. Cornelius NGOKA, to bring to the upcoming plenary session.