|Fr. Anton Vogelsang LC preaching during the Eucharistic hour of atonement.|
It´s been three weeks since
the General Chapter opened with the Mass of the Holy
Spirit. Throughout this period the Chapter Fathers, with their hearts
open to God´s Word, have listened to the reports on
the previous central government and have begun to address the
tasks outlined by the Pope: the revision of the text
of the constitutions and the election of the new central
government of the Legion.
Reports and Addressing Concerns
day of the chapter, the Papal Delegate read his report,
which focused on the work done during his tenure and
the most relevant issues raised by the apostolic visit. Monsignor Mario
Marchesi reported on the findings of the Economic Affairs Commission
and the Outreach Commission. Fr. Sylvester Heereman LC read his
report, skipping the parts that touched on issues already addressed
by the Papal Delegate. Each chapter father received a copy
of the reports for personal study. The administrative report of
the congregation is also available to chapter members.
Fr. Daniel Massick LC commented, "I believe that the report
of Fr. Sylvester is clear, honest and complete. I’ve been
glad to hear almost all the worries and concerns that
some fathers and brothers expressed to me over the years:
the founder, the charism, spirituality, community life, economic status, etc.
. . . This has shown me that these points
are taken seriously and are being confronted by the chapter."
January 30 was devoted to special
prayer and penance as established by the decree of December
6, 2010. In addition, the Chapter Fathers celebrated Mass for
the remission of sins to make atonement and ask the
Lord for forgiveness for their own sins and those of
all members of the congregation. The penitential rite of the Mass
and the prayers of the faithful were permeated by this
sense of atonement and intercession. All deceased Legionaries were particularly
remembered, including the founder on the sixth anniversary of his
death, with the prayer that they may be granted eternal
salvation. They also prayed for all the people who have suffered
from the behavior of members of our congregation.
|Fr. Daniel Massick LC and Fr. Konstantin Ballestrem LC.|
Revising the Constitutions and Forming the New Central
After the reports, the first
few days were devoted to reflection on the fundamental issues
outlined in the apostolic visit: review of the constitutions and
clarification of the charism, the exercise of authority in the
congregation, and formation. Thus, the work of revising the constitutions
and help to form the new central government.
"We know that all Legionaries would like to
learn more about the discussions and issues we face in
the Chapter Hall," said Fr. John Bartunek LC. "While it is
probably insufficient, we are informing you through the website, in
the ‘Day by Day’ section. More towards the end of
the chapter we can expect to share official statements and
texts that describe the decisions made by the chapter... Things
are developing slowly and we cannot pick the fruit before
it is ripe. This gives the Chapter Fathers a lot
of freedom to express ourselves honestly during the decision-making."
By January 31, the process of revising
the Constitution was well underway.
"The draft of the constitutions we received from the Central
Commission is very well prepared," said Fr. Jesus Villagrasa LC. "As
well, the suggestions and contributions from the territorial assemblies are
enriching the analysis. Thankfully, the text is mature and that
allows us to make good progress."
Besides completing the revision of the text, work remaining
includes forming of the new central government, reflecting on the
collaboration between the branches of Regnum Christi, setting priorities for
the new general director and other concerns that have come
from the communities or individual Legionaries. The Chapter received close
to a thousand contributions from territorial assemblies, mostly small changes,
and five hundred suggestions from individuals -- some proposals that
deal with the text of the constitutions, others with praxis,
or the way they are lived out in the Legion.
|The Chapter Hall during a session.|
In discussing the proposed constitution, the Fathers are taking these
The process for forming the new central government
started several days ago but is not yet completed. When
ready, the results will be made public.
"I feel the need to thank all Legionaries, members
of Regnum Christi and many of our brothers in the
Church who accompany us with their prayers day by day,"
said Fr. Eugenio Martín LC. "We are living in a time
of Pentecost, in which each person speaks in his own
language, but we are all one heart and one soul
like the first apostles. This undoubtedly is due to the
intercession of many who decided to accompany us at this
time of grace for the Legion. I ask everyone to
continue to pray. We need your prayers to be able
to serve you better."