The Marianists have gathered in Rome for the General Chapter. (July 8 to 29)
What is a General Chapter?: The General Chapter is the legislative body of the Society of Mary, Marianists and it meets every 6 years to elect a Superior General and his Council (4 members total).
Who is the Superior General? Has he ever visited OLP? The Current Superior General is Manuel Cortes completing his 2nd term. (Two terms are maximum) Fr. Cortes is from Spain. He visited OLP about 4 years ago.
Total membership: There are about 30 members of the Council. They come from all over the world. The number of members for each unit is based on the total membership in the Province/Region of the Society of Mary,
Are there any Americans on the General Chapter?: By definition has 2 members by Right. Our members by right are Current Provincial, Rev. Martin Solma and Assistant Provincial, Bro. Joe Kamis.
The elected members from the US:
**Brother Dennis Bautista, Professor, English, St. Mary’s University and **Bro. Bernard Ploeger, Completing his term as President of Chaminade University in Hawaii.
**Fr Oscar Vasquez, Associate Pastor, Our Lady of the Pillar and **Fr. Bob Jones, Teacher & Chaplain, Chaminade Julienne High School, Dayton
A short video on the General Chapter. (Spanish with English subtitles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD-UtRLaGt8
The General Chapter celebrated the French victory. Remember Blessed Chaminade & Blessed Adele (Founder of the Marianist sisters) were from France.
A familiar face to OLP parishioners
Letter of prayer & support from Pope Francis: Pope Francis Ltr
Please find a picture attached of all members. GenChap Membership 2018
Our Meeting Hall
Our Prayer space:
Fr. Bob & Fr. Oscar are seated near each other.
(The holy one with the old one.)