This is the summary of the Day 6 of the General Chapter, in Rome.
We began our morning reflecting on Acts 1and the election of Mattias to join the ministry of Peter and the other apostles. This was followed by a time of prayer and sharing in small groups.
In the morning session Fr. Mark McDonald outlined the role and responsibility of the Superior General. Chapter members were given time to speak with one another about possible candidates prior to Mass at Noon.
In the afternoon Fr. Mark McDonald explained the election process to the Chapter members. There was then an hour of prayer before the election took place.
Fr. Abzalón Alvarado Tovar was elected as the Superior General on the first count.
Upon his election, Fr. Abzalón thanked God for the honour. He also thanked his brothers for their trust and confidence. He promised to do the best he can to serve the Congregation and be there to animate our mission. He acknowledged the importance of having a team and all his brothers around him. He said that we walk together in the hands of God. He thanked Fr. Mark, Fr. Carl and the General team for all their work so far.
He then washed the feet of five of his confreres from different continents around the world where we minister. He asked all the brothers to keep him and his team in their prayers
Following the election, the day’s business was concluded. The entire Chapter retired to celebrate Fr. Abzalón’s election.
Many thanks for all the prayers and we would ask you to continue to pray for the work of the Chapter.
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