XIV General Chapter
Consecrated for the Mission with Migrants and Refuges
“Walk humbly with your God” (Mc. 6, 8)
It is with great joy, faith and hope that on October 22, 2019, thirty-four delegate Sisters arrived at the International Spirituality Center of the Sacred Heart, Rocca di Papa – Rome to participate in the 14th General Chapter of the Congregation. That same day, Sr. Rosanna Costantini, FMA, facilitated dynamics for the integration of the group.
The 23rd and 24th of October were dedicated for sharing and communications on the process of internal reorganization carried out in the provinces done by the Provincial Superiors, 2014-2018 and the present Provincial Superiors and Delegate Superior of the Asia Delegation, the new configuration of the Congregation
In the morning of October 24, a very special moment, was the Eucharist celebration in front of the tomb of St. Peter, in the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican, where the chapter Sisters requested the intercession of this great apostle for the success of the Chapter. Fr. Gianni de Robertis, Director General Fondazione Migrantes, who presided at Mass, reminded the Sisters to invoke the fire of the Holy Spirit, without this, which nothing can be done and referring to the words of Pope Francis said, “when you speak, do not say what the Superior General wants to hear, but say what the Holy Spirit truly suggests, with frankness and freedom.”
On October 25, celebrating the 124th anniversary of the Congregation, with the votive Eucharistic Celebration of the Holy Spirit, the official opening of the XIV General Chapter took place. H.E. Most Rev. Giancarlo Perego, Bishop of the Diocese of Ferrara – Comacchio, in his homily, recalled the words of Pope Francis of abandoning the pastoral of “always doing this”, and encouraged the Sisters to be bold and creative in rethinking, evangelizing with proper goals, structures, style and methods of communities; being a person of going forth, leaving one’s own comforts to go out to the outskirts, carrying the cross of Christ with so many brothers and sisters. He furthered talked about the commitment of Blessed Founder John the Baptist Scalabrini and the co-founders, Fr. Joseph and Blessed Assunta Marchetti, he underlined the demand for the “right to migrate” as an “inalienable right” of humankind.
The Superior General, Sr. Neusa de Fátima Mariano, welcomed the delegate Sisters to the Chapter and said that in the coming weeks there will be reflections, discernments and joint work on what has been lived and accomplished in recent years, looking at the future of the Church and the Scalabrinian religious life. Trusting in the Holy Spirit who calls and guides, Sr. Neusa declared the 14th General Chapter open.
Father Amedeo Cencini, CP, on October 25 and 26, presented some reflections and perspective as signs of the future and hope for the Consecrated Religious Life. He went on saying that the General Chapter does not have a duty to resolve all difficulties, but has its prophetic value where it will be pointing out new ways of convincing witness to the joy of consecrated life, and in living together. The ability to develop a culture of sensitivity that leads to compassion for the world in which we live and obedience to the discernment of God’s will. For this reason, ongoing formation is ordinary and not only extraordinary, in which the only model is that of Easter and the method is the integration of the death and resurrection of the Son in every moment of life through the power and action of the Holy Spirit.
In communion with the Church and the whole Congregation, we thank you for being close to us through your messages and prayers and we continue to count on your support and continuous prayers and in Eucharistic celebration. #MSCSGenChapter2019 #MissionariestotheMigrants