From the 1st to the 4th of December, 2015 the first meeting for new Priors Provincial, Commissaries General, and Delegates General, organised by the General Council, took place at CISA in Rome. Along with all the members of the General Council, fifteen friars, from all parts of the world, recently elected to their office, took part. Following the greeting and introduction by the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, the former Abbot of St. Paul outside the Wall, Dom Edmund Power, OSB, offered a reflection on authority and leadership. This was followed by work in groups to discuss the challenges encountered up to now.
The various members of the General Council and the Secretary General presented a series of inputs on topics of importance for the exercise of the role of superior. The role of the Prior Provincial as it is laid out in the Constitutions was outlined by the Councilor General for Europe, John Keating (Parts I & II) and the Vice-Prior General, Christian Körner (Parte IV). The responsibility of authority according to the RIVC was explained by Fr. Giampiero Molinari (Ita). The Prior General, Fernando Millán Romeral, spoke about the care of fraternity, and the Councilor General for Africa, Fr. Conrad Mutizamhepo, spoke about the decisions of the 2013 General Chapter. The juridical issues, norms of conduct and canonical procedures were dealt with by the Procurator General Fr. Michael Farrugia. Input on the administration of temporal goods, transparency and financial procedures was given by the Bursar General, Fr. Carl Markelz. Lastly, the Secretary General Fr. Francisco de Sales Alencar Batista, explained the importance of communication and the relationship between the local entities and the General Curia. Fr. Míceál O’Neill. the Prior of CISA, acted as moderator throughout the meeting.
The participants, as well as their study of important topics for the exercise of their ministry to the brethren, also had a rich experience of the fraternity and internationality of our Order.