2018-02-06 ITALY

The General Council community gathers in Nemi

From Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, the members of the General Council community met at the Ad Gentes Centre (Society of the Divine Word Fathers) in Nemi, Italy. This was the first time that the entire community was able to gather. The purpose of this week together was to lay the foundation of their life as an international, intercultural community. Each day’s dynamic began with shared prayer and concluded with a Eucharistic celebration. Woven throughout the week, each member of the community shared milestones in his life story and faith journey.

As the week unfolded, the members of the community explored what it means to be a genuine global family, developing an understanding and appreciation of each other’s culture. The members recognized that they are called to be witnesses of unity and hope who respect the richness of their cultural diversity. They also spent time building community during an outing to the Pope’s summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.

Underpinning their time together was continued reflection on the Calls of the XXII General Chapter, especially in light of how they wish to live as a faith community in mission. Thursday was a day of retreat and silent reflection where the group reflected on their personal experiences of God, their abilities to make their community a real home, and their desire to share their gifts and vulnerabilities.

During the last day and a half, the community discussed and planned the more practical aspects of their community life.


Brothers Ben Consigli and Ken McDonald
General councillors


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