Fr. Augustine Varickakal, Provincial Rector of the Epiphany Province from India, the main celebrant today, 20th October 2012, made this reflection on the first reading from Eph 1,18a: "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened". This is the heart of the prayer. The heart has eyes. When the eyes of our heart are closed to the light of God, we stumble blindly through life… Once the eyes of our heart are opened, the light of God's truth will come flooding in. Opening blind eye is the work of the Holy Spirit. He and He alone can do it, and this is the source of our hope.
In the first session, Fr. Józef Lasak presented the proposals of the Provincial Rectors. Coordinating the missionary activities and collaborative efforts in our Society was one of the important themes. The General Secretariat for the Missions of our Society was asked to evaluate and coordinate our presence in Bolivia. The question of the common novitiate experience in Rome was also considered.
In the second session, Fr. Peter Sticco, Provincial Rector of the Immaculate Conception Province presented the report of the ad hoc committee created for coordinating and animating the Pallottine presence in the United States. The report emphasized the importance of community for the confreres, the need for acculturation, the importance of fostering communication and collaboration among the entities and the significance of the role of the two U.S Provinces as stable forms of Pallottine life in this country.
The entire afternoon was dedicated once again to the Pallottine presence in Africa. A new house of preparatory formation for the French-speaking Pallottines will be established in Cameroon. The future of the delegature in South Africa and of our presence in Zambia and Malawi were also discussed. Now is the moment to work systematically on the proposals made during this Congress.
The day was concluded with a solemn supper and the special guest was Archbishop Dermot Clifford of the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly. Fr. Jeremiah Murphy thanked the Archbishop for being our special guest today, and the Rector General and all the participants of the Congress, the Local Rector, Fr. Emmet O'Hara and all the members of the community for their presence and for their contributions towards the successful organization of the Congress. Tomorrow will be a day of picnic.