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SVD General Chapter participants meet and listen to Pope Francis
A special audience with the Pope has always been one of the highlights of the General Chapter of the Society of the Divine Word. For the 18th General Chapter this event took place on 22 June 2018 in the Pope Clemens VIII Hall at the Vatican. At 1 pm, Pope Francis appeared with a bright smile before the 155-member contingent of SVD priests, brothers and lay partners, who were equally enthusiastic to see him.
After a brief introduction by Father General Superior, Pope Francis proceeded to deliver a talk in Spanish that corresponded with the theme of the General Chapter, “‘The Love of Christ impels us’ (2 Cor 5:14): Rooted in the Word, Committed to His Mission.” In addition to reminding the members of the Society about the missionary nature of the Pauline phrase which was selected for the theme of the Chapter, Pope Francis made his exhortations with three concise points.
After a preparation of two years in which Jesus became the friend of these Confirmants, the 2018 group of candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation were confirmed by Bishop Luis Secco in the church of the Risen Christ in Reward. In a festive celebration Bishop Secco welcomed the Confirmants as full member of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Please click the picture for an impression.
God, our Father, Creator and Lord of the Universe, you have set the earth on its foundation and all elements of nature obey your command. You give food to all flesh, cover the heavens with clouds, and provide rain to the earth ─ We humbly beseech you Lord, Most High, to keep us safe from all dangers and to calm all the storms of life that threaten us: especially the attack of whirlwinds and tornadoes, the calamity and destruction of hurricanes, the din and damage of hail storms, the striking of thunderbolts and lightning, and the devastation of floods and tidal waves.May we be secure in your loving protection, seek your Will in all our experiences, and serve you always with grateful hearts. We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
In the month of May the candidates from the Catholic Schools and those in the Parish program in St. Maarten celebrated the Family Meal with their families and other candidates and received Jesus for the first time in a solemn Holy Mass in Philipsburg and Reward. The ceremonies were officiated by our parish priest Father Adam. Please click the picture for more impressions of the Mass.