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Monday 03/10/2011 - Official opening GC


Solemn Opening of the General Congregation
In the late morning all participants of the General Congregation gathered for a solemn Eucharistic Celebration in the Basilica of Loyola to enter the spirit of the GC for the coming weeks. The colourful procession of the Sisters into the Basilica demonstrated the internationality and the readiness for mobility in the Congregatio Jesu. The light from the tombstone of Mary Ward in Osbaldwick, which had been brought to Spain, symbolises the presence of Mary Ward for the entire time of the GC. Fr. Jose Maria Etxeberria, SJ celebrated the Eucharist. In his homily he referred to chapter seven of the Constitution and the important work of the CJ in the vineyard of the Lord.
In the afternoon, Sr. M. Mechtild Meckl CJ, the Superior General, opened the General Congregation with a ritual calling on the presence of the Holy Spirit. This was followed by the roll call to determine the presence of all members. In her opening address Sr. Mechtild stressed the mandate of a General Congregation (see CN 8.25): “The duty of the administrative congregation is to protect and authentically interpret the life of the Congregatio Jesu …“. She pointed out that the challenges of our time question anew the significance of religious communities and their life-style. She exhorted us “to make visible through lives of authentic witness what is essential in Jesus’ message“. This we do in our faithfulness to “the heart of our spirituality”, the universal mission, which makes us “apostolic pilgrims”, constantly on the way to “where the need is greatest” and “where no one wants to go.”
Thus the delegates have started their journey of dialogue and decision-making for the worldwide Congregatio Jesu.

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