Monday 3 October 2016

Day number 1 of GC 36

The most moving moment of the opening morning of GC 36 was Fr. General offering his resignation to the Congregation  and asking that this request be granted.  After the request was granted  words  of appreciation were shared in thanking Fr Adolfo for his leadership which was conducted in such a collaborative style and with a kindness, humility, simplicity and good humour which touched so many people.  His attention to universality and depth in mission and service, to governance issues, his support of the intellectual apostolate, his wisdom and calmness in dealing with all kinds of people and situations were but a few of the characteristics mentioned.  After a number of standing ovations he took his place at the back of the Aula in his designated  chair as a member of the  Congregation.  It was indeed a touching moment for all present and a moment of deep gratitude for his life and service as General.

In the afternoon Delegates were divided into groups to discuss various topics but above all to share their vocation and a little of their life story.  The richness and diversity of backgrounds, the depth of experiences of works  and the sharing of dreams for the Congregation led to conversations of real depth.     The day ended with Mass on the Feast Day of St. Francis Borgia, the third Superior General of the Society.

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