Archive for September 12th, 2008

Salve Sancte Pater

12 September, 2008

The Prayer SALVE SANCTE PATER has long been sung by Passionists to their founder, St. Paul of the Cross.

This morning at the General Synod here in Mexico this prayer was prayed in various languages of the Congregation.

11th September in Cuernavaca, Mexico

12 September, 2008

Thursday began with Prayer led by Roberto Dal Corso (Tanzania) in Italian and Swahili.

During the morning the Synod members, led by the Facilitator, spent time exploring their understanding of the aims and objectives of the process of restructuring.

In language groups they discussed solidarity within the Congregation – formation, finance, collaboration between provinces, language, personnel.

In the afternoon the General Synod members indicated their interest in working in three Structures for Solidarity areas – Personnel, Finance and Formation.

They were divided into these groups and we given the following tasks

(a) Write a rationale/motivation about why this issue is important?
(b) What challenges does this give to the Congregation at this point in time?
(c) What risks will you need to take?
(d) What will you need to let go of as a Congregation so that this can take place?
(e) What texts from Scripture or from your Passionist documents will sustain you in trying to do this?
(f) Suggest the structure that will make all the above possible.

At the end of the day Mass was celebrated in Italian by Piergiorgo Bartoli (Italy).

10th September at Cuernavaca, Mexico

12 September, 2008

Joachim Rego (Provincial of Holy Spirit Province – Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea) addresses the General Synod regarding restructuring in the PASPAC Region.


Joachim Rego (Australia) was Principal Celebrant and Homilist at the Mass to begin the day.

In the morning the Restructuring Coordinators from around the Congregation shared their experiences of the restructuring process from their area – PASPAC – Joachim Rego, CI – Eulogio Cordero Martinez, CPA – Michael Ogweno, CIPI – Leonie Masnata, COPAL – Norbert Donizetti COPAL, IPCN – Joe Jones IPCN, NECP – Nicholas Postlethwaite.

After their presentation members of the General Synod were given the opportunity to make comments or ask questions of clarification of the Restructuring Coordinators.

The Facilitator, Sr. Christine Anderson, then presented a reflection on the templates completed in preparation by Provinces for the General Synod, after which the Synod members spent time in table discussion on the issues presented by Sr. Christine.

In the afternoon the members of the Synod were offered a period of reflection and discernment so that they might “touch the ways God is working in you during these days” (Sr. Christine Anderson, Facilitator). The facilitator asked members to return after a period of reflection with two issues that they would like to see the Synod address.

On their return the Synod members named and reflected on these issues in the assembly.

Evening Prayer was led by Paul Gabriel Tae-Won Pak (Korea).

Another Australian in Cuernavaca

12 September, 2008

Another Australian arrived at the Passionist General Synod in Cuernavava (Mexico) yesterday. Father Kevin Dance, Passionist Representative at the United Nations, arrived to give a report to the Synod.

Seen in this photo are Salvatore Enzo Del Brocco (Provincial of Naples, Italy), Kevin Dance, and Jesus Maria Aristin (JPIC, Rome)