Archive for September 8th, 2008

7th September at Cuernavaca, Mexico

8 September, 2008


The two senior members of the 2008 Passionist General Synod, Father Jose Agustin Orbegozo, former Superior General, and Father Floriano De Fabiis, Procurator General.

The participants of the General Synod gathered for an Opening Session which began with a short informal welcome by the Superior General, Fr. Ottaviano D’Egido.

Fr. Francisco Valadez, Provincial of Christ the King Province, Mexico, then welcomed all participants to the Synod on behalf of all the Passionists of Mexico. “We offer you our hearts and our complete availability”, said Fr. Francisco.

A vote of approval was obtained from the assembly for the General Synod Secretariate, Moderator, Communications Committee, Liturgical Commission, the Central Co-Ordinating Committee and the daily schedule and order of progress for the Synod.

Fr. Gabriel Cingolani, the Secretary of the Synod, then gave instructions concerning the workings of the Secretariate during the meeting.

At midday Father Jose Luis Garcia, Local Superior of the Passionist Community at Cuernavaca, led Mass attended by members of the Synod and many of the local friends and collaborators of the Passionists.

The afternoon session began with an official welcome to the city of Cuernavaca by Father Alfonso Iberri, who is acting as Guestmaster during the meeting.

Father General, Ottaviano D’Egidio, then led a Blessing Prayer to begin the Synod.

Finally, a presentation was made to the General Synod by Father Octavio Mondragon C.P., entitled “Restructuring: A prophecy, A Necessity – “The need to let suffering speak with eloquence is root of all truth”.

6th September Cuernavaca, Mexico

8 September, 2008


Fr. Joachim Rego C.P. (Provincial SPIR), Fr. Denis Travers C.P. (CURIA) and Fr. Salvatore Enzo del Brocco C.P. (DOL) at the General Synod in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

The first formal day at the Passionist Retreat House in Cuernavaca (Mexico) was an ongoing formation day for Major Superiors of the Congregation, which took place in accordance with Recommendation Number 4 of the 2006 Passionist General Chapter.

At 7.00 a.m. Father Luigi Vaninetti (General Consultor) led the celebration of the Eucharist in Italian.

During the morning Father Stephen Rossetti, President of St. Luke’s Institute, Silver Springs, Maryland (USA) made a presentation to the assembly entitled “Re-Finding Hope in an Atheistic Age”. For the remainder of the morning the Major Superiors spent time in small group discussion, followed by a question time to the presenter.

In the afternoon the Major Superiors reflected on their leadership as Provincials and Regional Vicars. Two new Provincials – Father Salvatore Enzo del Brocco (DOL) and Father Joachim Rego (SPIR) – shared with the assembly their experiences and reflections on becoming a leader – offering some personal insights and reflections as they begin the ministry of Provincial. After which two former Provincials – Father Michael Higgins (CRUC) and Father Luis Alberto Cano (FAM) – reflected on their experience of Province leadership. The afternoon provided periods of reflection and language group discussion by the Major Superiors.

The ongoing formation day concluded at 6.00 p.m. with Evening Prayer in the assembly and concluding remarks by Father Rossetti.