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The X Consultative Congress of the Major Superiors of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (17/10/2012)

The third day of the Congress, 17th October 2012, started with a concelebrated Eucharistic, presided over by Fr. Leon Martin, Provincial Rector of the Mother of God Province. In his homily he said: "We are called again to dream new ways of collaboration and of the handling on of faith in a culture living without God".

The General Bursar, Fr. Gerald Dwyer, then presented his report, highlighting points such as the economic situation of the Society, the economic responsibility of the superiors, the economic situation of the Generalate, the scholarships and studies sponsored by Hotel Ponte Sisto attached to the Generalate, the formation of the Treasurers at all levels and the activities of the Financial Commission. The participants were able to clarify many practical points with the General Bursar.

Next, the Procurator General, D. Vitaliy Gorbatykh, presented his report. He explained the tasks already completed by the Juridical Commission of the Society to realize the decrees and recommendations of a juridical nature issued by the XX General Assembly. Particular attention was given to the decrees on the elections in the Society and the protection of minors. His presentation was very informative.

In the afternoon, the third session of the day was totally dedicated to the report of the Pallottine Youth Commission, prepared by members of the Youth Commission Fr. Andy Givel (CH), Fr. Andrzej Daniewicz (WA) and Fr. Martin Manus, Contact person for the General Council. The Commission is already doing excellent work. With the help of FaceBook Pallottine Youth Worldwide Be Connected, an entire communication network with youth around the world is being established. Participation in WYD 2013, including the Pallottine Youth Day in Brazil in 2013 will be another important project of this Commission.

In the last session of the day the participants, in plenum, deliberated on the 6 proposals formulated by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam in the light of the discussions so far. It has been very helpful in drawing up some practical orientations for future action regarding certain projects. The proposals approved by the participants of the Congress included: the possibility of establishing a new international community in Latvia under the jurisdiction of the Annunciation of the Lord Province, another possible international community in Jerusalem under the jurisdiction of the Heart of Jesus Province, the invitation of the Italian Province to other entities of our Society to establish Pallottine communities in Italy, the possibility of reducing the number of summer courses at the International 'Cenacle' Centre for Pallottine Formation in Rome, while at the same time strengthening the annual course on Pallottine spirituality, the preparation of a program of Pallottine Volunteers and extending support to the initiatives of the Pallottine Youth Commission. These practical proposals not only summarized the discussions of these days but also gave clear directives regarding some of the important future projects of the Society.


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