Assembly of Orders' Provincials

The Assembly of Provincials of the Order opened on November 3,2014 in Rome at the General Curia of the Order. As usual, the Provincials gathered round the Prior General and his Council to reflect, share experiences and engage in collegiate dialogue on the life and the mission, and the challenges and hopes of the Order throughout the world.

 After the inaugural Mass, at which the Prior General, Brother Jesús Etayo, presided, the first session got underway with the presentation by the Moderator, Brother Joseph Smith, of the agenda and practical guidelines for the method of proceeding. The Father General then welcomed those present and delivered his opening address, after which a period of reflection was set aside for the Provincials.

 The main items on the agenda that will be transacted by the Provincials  in the course of the week will include:

The current state of the Order(Reflections by the Prior General following the Provincial Chapters) ;

The life of the Brothers;

The overall financial plan and the system for supervising the Order’s structures;

The activities of the General Commissions;

The ongoing amalgamation with the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd;

The Hospitaller vocation in the light of the chapters and the celebration of 2015 dedicated to the Consecrated Life in the Church and to vocations in the Order;

The challenges of implementing the lines of action laid down by the General Chapter and the Provincial Chapters, at the regional level;

The crisis caused by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.


The first day ended with a plenary assembly at which the Provincials shared their reflections on the address by the Prior General, followed by a prayer of thanksgiving to our Lord.


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