Rome, 7 May - 16 June 2017

Every General Chapter
is a favourable timefor ... to revive the grace of our origins ...
is an event of communion and fraternity,
in which we are called upon to examine and foster our religious family's fidelity to the Gospel,
in accordance with the founding charism,
so that it may effectively collaborate with God in His plan and work of salvation.


The XXVII General Chapter will have as its specific objectives:
     ≈  evaluation of the global situation of the Institute with reference to the itinerary
     ≈  a deeper study of the theme:
  We joyfully witness to Jesus the Redeemer, merciful face of the Father”

   ≈  pointing out of objectives to be given priority in the field of formation and of apostolic activity in close relation to the theme, guidelines and decisions to be implemented in the next sexennium;
    ≈  electionof the Superior General and of the Assistants General.

The Chapter Assembly will consistof 58 sisters, representing 3,835 sisters (date as of December 31, 2016) spread throughout the world: Africa, South America, North America, Asia and Europe.

  We shall be grateful if you support us with your prayer,
that this event may be for us a time of grace
for a renewed commitment of faithful love and service
for the good of the Church and the benefit of men and women of today.
of Pope Francis
  Opening celebrations

•   The icon of the Trinity, contemplated in the reproduction of Masaccio, in Santa Maria Novella in Florence, will accompany the work of the chapter.
•   Opening prayer of the XXVII general chapter entitled: Guard Us in your name because we are one.
•   A representative of each legal entity of the Institute went to the altar to put a little oil in the lamp that will accompany them all the days of the chapter.
•   At the end of the prayer, each chapter goes to the altar to receive from Mother Annamaria Vigano’ a mandate to let themselves be guided by the love of Jesus and to be a sign of it for each sister: "Trinitas in Cruce"-the Trinity in the cross.

The first day spent in recollection
•   meditations dictated by brother Luke Fallica-OSB Prior of the monastic community – Holy Trinity Dumenza who enlightened the chapter members about a new manifestation of the crucified and risen one (1cor. 1,18-25; Jn 21, 1-14)
•   At midday the capitulars are on deck for the Regina Coeli prayer with the Pope.
•   At 18.30 opening Eucharistic Celebration of the general chapter XXVII presided over by his Eminence Rev.ma Card. JOAO BRAZ DE AVIZ, prefect of CIVCSVA, welcomed by mother Annamaria Viganò with a loving and grateful greeting. During the Homily of his eminence presented the figure of the good shepherd who knows and calls by name every sheep. He invited the Assembly to learn from him the love and care for those we are entrusted with.
•   At the end of the Eucharistic Celebration his eminence welcomes cordially each chapter member, posing for photos and selfie ...
•   Visitation icon placed in the Capitular Hall reminiscent of the theme of the chapter: "Female experts of communion’’.
•   Opening speech of the Superior General Mother Annamaria Viganò: She invites all to be women experts of communion; indicates the perspective with which we are called to go into chapter: "a renewed awareness of the 'dream' that God has always been in His heart: to be united in love with all.
•   Mother General officially declares opened the XXVII General Chapter of the Institute.




Information session and study


•   With the reports of the Superior General, General Treasurer and the Major Superiors of the different juridical entities, the chapter assembly has set in for an attentive and prolonged listening to the great works that the Lord has performed and continue to do day after day for the good of so many of our brothers all over the world.
•   The five study groups started off their work: intense and very rich is the experience of sharing by each sister. It gives a wider look to every one about the world wherever the Charism is lived out with deeper understanding, new expressions and more adequate responses according to the places and the times.
•   The time after dinner is dedicated to watching videos and power points prepared by different juridical entities: These are added opportunities to learn more about the ways in which the Charism of charity is lived out.


18 th MAY:





•   The solemn Eucharistic Celebration, presided over by His Excellency Msg. Jose Rodriguez Carballo, Secretary of the Congregation for Consecrated Life, was animated by the Liturgical group with songs, meaningful gestures (enthronement of the Word and Aarathi after the consecration) and prayers in different languages.
•   Mother Annamaria gifted to each chapter member the publication "The grace of our origins-historical and spiritual deepening of the charism" compiled by Sr. Albarica Mascotti.
•   After dinner-time of recreation animated by the spontaneity and creativity of some of the chapter members: the day concluded with games and laughter.




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