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The General Council works on its community plan

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Article 136 of the Constitutions says that the Vicar General and the General Councillors form a community with the Superior General. In this case, the community consists of Brothers Emili Turú Rofes, Superior General, Joseph MacKee, Vicar General, General Councillors Antonio Carlos Ramalho de Azevedo, (Brasil Centro-Norte), Ernesto Sánchez Barba (México Occidental), Eugène Kabanguka (Afrique Centre Est / Central East Africa), John Klein (United States of America), Josep Maria Soteras Pons (LHermitage), Michael De Wass (South Asia), Víctor Preciado (México Occidental), also the Econome General and, finally, Pedro Sánchez de León, the Secretary General. In total, a community of 10.

Once the Chapter ended, each of the Councillors needed time to conclude the work he had been doing prior to his election. Some also spent time learning new languages. The first floor of the General House was practically empty. This gave the Director of the House the opportunity to have the rooms painted and the necessary modifications made. The middle of March was the appointed time for the whole community to meet again in Rome. For this first encounter, the General Council spent four days outside Rome working on the details of their community project. They were joined by their chaplain, Father José del Carmen de León.

The fourth week of March began with a meeting of the entire Council with Sister Christine Anderson FCJ, of Scottish nationality, an expert with the Craighead Institute of Glasgow with experience in the accompaniment of General Councils of religious orders. Sister helped them become aware of their possibilities, as well as their limitations, as a qualified human group and invited them to continue becoming more specific about some perspectives for the future as a governing body.

The programme the Brothers of the Council have on their agenda entails a long session which will last until the month of May.

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