After two days of retreat, it was once more time for the inter-capitulars to engage in dialogue regarding the implementation of the calls of the 36th General Chapter. The inter-chapter focuses not only on what has been achieved in the three years that follow the General Chapter. It also puts forward plans to implement what has not yet been achieved.
On this 9th day, the inter-capitulars met in regions to discuss the priorities that they have identified for their respective regions. These priorities come with concrete and practical means through which the regions aim to realise them. All of the priorities that were highlighted by the regions are in line with the calls of the previous General Chapter, and they also prepare regions for the next General Chapter. Amongst the priorities that were mentioned, formation and interculturality were present in almost all of the regions. This shows the commitment of the congregation to have missionaries that are formed to respond to the signs of times.
The evening session began with the sad news of the passing of Fr Alex ROQUE of the US province. A moment of silent prayer was observed for the eternal rest of his soul. As the inter-capitulars engaged in discussions with the General Administration, the initial formation was at the centre of the discussions. This inter-chapter seeks to ensure that formation becomes a priority of the whole congregation. In conclusion to the events of the day, Fr Louis Lougen, the Superior General, gave his brief evaluation of the 2019 inter-chapter. He commended the inter-capitulars for the deep family spirit that is present and animates all of the discussions.