OPENING REMARKS OF THE SUPERIOR GENERAL AT THE SECOND MID-ASSEMBLY HOLDING AT CENTER FOR PEACE AND RENEWAL CENTRE ATANI-UROMI FROM OCTOBER 26TH TO 28TH 2018.
My dear Sisters and the facilitator of this Mid-Assembly, Rev. Fr. Dr. Ayo Francis Ayeni, Cssp, the Provincial Superior of the NorthWest Province of Spiritan Fathers and Brothers in Nigeria. I want to officially welcome all of you to this hallowed ground and holy gathering in which in the next few days; we would prayerfully reflect together our journey with the Lord and with each other in the mission entrusted to us as we write with a golden pen the seventh chapter of our life as a Congregation.
Seven as we know has a biblical significance which I will make known to you shortly. We gather for this second Mid-Assembly to review, evaluate, advice, and encourage the Seventh Administration on the progress made so far, and how to move the Congregation forward for the remain two years of its life span. May God bless this gathering and make it fruitful Amen.
The Seventh Administration of our Congregation being led under my leadership came into being September 3rd, 2016; so, it is exactly two years and fifty-four days; therefore the need for this gathering. Seven as earlier mentioned is a number associated with spiritual perfection. It is the number stamped on every work of God. For Instance, in the creation story, God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh day (Gen. 2:2-3). Biblical Scholars, thank God we have one in our midst, have found that the number seven often represents perfection or completeness in the Bible. In Judaism, there are seven heavens. ... and so forth. We pray that God will perfect all our actions throughout this Assembly and beyond Amen.
Mid- Assembly is meant to evaluate the General Chapter’s decisions of that particular administration thereafter, channel a better way for the ones that have not been achieved to make it achievable. As Fr. Ayeni explained yesterday, our Canonist, Fr. Peter Okonkkwo would have loved to be here in person but due to the pressure emanating from his work; it was impossible. However, I met with him about a month ago, and he said I should convey his greetings to all of you, but more important to let you know that he is praying for us.
He further made it clear that Mid-Assembly is an instrument of the administration in the implementation of the Chapter Acts. That the purpose of the gathering is to examine, review and advise the administration on how to make the chapter decisions achievable. This body is not a decision making body. In other words, if there are issues of great concerns; the most the body can do is to raise proposals to that effect for the next Chapter. This revered assembly cannot undo any chapter decisions. For instance, this body cannot change the scholasticate programme to now become two weeks when the General Chapter had decided it should be six weeks.
Secondly, the aim of the Administration convening this body is to communicate to the cross section of the Congregation what they have been able to achieve so far in order that everyone may be on the same page.
Thirdly to present to this body areas the administration needs advice. In other words, the decisions are only advisory.
He further said that new questions may be raised to help in the implementation of the Chapter Decisions. Therefore, this Assembly is consultative and not deliberative. Lastly, it is only General Chapter that can undo what it did.
Fr. Ayeni, also laid serious emphasis on this same issue when he met with us during our Feast day celebration in June.
As the Philosopher Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” As we review our lives together in the next few days may God grant us the grace to live a worth life so as to wear the unfading crown of glory (cf. 1 Peter 5:4) Amen.
Once again you are welcome Sisters and Father; relax and feel at home. If there are areas you need assistance kindly inform the planning committee or Sr Bernadette Amajouoyi, SSH.
To the glory of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, I do hereby declare this Mid Assembly open.
In Jesus, We are one!
Yours in the Sacred Heart
Sr. Monica O. Rowland
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