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Quality without Imitations: INP Provincial Chapter 2013


By Ralin De Souza sdb
INP PC 2013 in session
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Panjim, Feb. 18. The Panjim Province began the final session of the Chapter today, 18 Feb, with a recollection talk given by Fr Ashley Miranda sdb and every member present setting the stage for the next four days of discussion and planning, in the silent nature recluse of Don Bosco Sulcorna.
Thirty two members of the chapter were present. Fr. Miranda invited the chapter members to reflect on how 'Quality products often attract imitations' and the need to achieve may lead us to give mediocre standards. Likewise was the temptation of Jesus and Don Bosco who fulfilled the mission they were entrusted with. The salesian identity is characterised by a close relationship with God, communion with one another and Joy, he said. These elements do not have shortcuts, and we must not allow appearance to take precedence over the reality of our mission, he stressed.

After a moment for confessions, the Chapter members got together for the provincial report on the state of the province. The 71 page report gave a detailed expose of the region, the major events, the functioning and state of the various dimensions and commissions, and the projects of the various communities. The chapter members appreciated the fact that for the first time, the details of finances and how the province stands as far as its economics is concerned, was presented.

Though the session stretched a little beyond schedule, the members did not mind the frank suggestions of the provincial and how he would like to see the province developing in the next three years.

In the afternoon, the members could react to the report, which though was a personal opinion of the provincial, expressed the views of what the province is going through at the present state.

The evening session began with a half hour adoration animated by Fr Lino Lopes who reminded the members of their sincerity in evaluating and contributing to bring about a change in the province. This then was followed by a special message of Don Cereda who invited the chapter members to make this chapter not an exercise for documentation but rather a renewal process where the province is open to the signs of the times and reflects on their mission to evaluate and take positive steps.

The first two themes: Mystics in Spirit and prophets of fraternity where presented, which had been already reflected upon by the various communities. Each theme was discussed at length for over an hour and half, evaluating candidly what could be the lines of action that the province could adopt to make a definitive change.

Indeed the beginning of the third and final session of the chapter focusing on the salesian role as mystics in the Spirit and prophets of fraternal life, will hopefully prove fruitful in not just evaluating the life lived, but in drawing out concrete lines of action to bring about a positive change.
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