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The Reconvened Congregation Chapter is underway at the Emmaus Centre

Day 1 - Sunday, January 23rd

IMG 20220123 113353The Brothers gathered at 11am for Eucharist celebrated by Fr. Michael Brady O.M.I. The themes from the Mass readings challenged us and resonated with the theme of Chapter, listening, discipleship and ministry among poor and disenfranchised people.

Just before lunch, Br. Joseph Turay arrived from the airport. Joseph is the last of the Brothers to arrive, so we now have a full contingent. Some may not be aware that because of Covid issues and local close-contact regulations, Brs. Paul Conn, Kevin Griffith, Parag D’Costa and Bernard White have not been able to make the journey to Dublin. Brs. Peter O’Loughlin and Tim Moloney were called upon as substitutes in the last few days and are here with us.

There was a house-keeping session in the afternoon so that all are familiar with how the house operates, where to find things you might need, what rooms are being used for what purposes, etc.

IMG 20220123 173554The Opening Ritual for the reconvened Chapter began at 5pm. Many brothers watched the livestream of the event, though in some parts of the world the timing was not ideal. Hugh O’Neill welcomed everybody and each of the five Province delegations and the CLT were called forth. Various symbols were added to the boat that makes up the centrepiece of the Chapter. The lighting of the Chapter candle brought the ritual to a close.

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The guiding scripture text that has been chosen by the Chapter Planning Group is Luke 8: 22-25 in which Jesus calms the storm

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Accompanying this text is the image by Fr. Sieger Köder

Jesus-Storm

 

CHAPTER PRAYER

Loving God,
As we continue to discern your will and to co-create our future as Religious Brothers,
we pray that we be free from all self-interest and fear.

Open us to your ever-present creative Spirit
which leads us to see your love in all things and all people.
Renew in us the charism of our Founder, Blessed Edmund Rice
who saw Christ present and appealing to him in the poor.

Help us to engage in enriching conversation with our Brothers and all people
as we seek to deepen our response to the invitation of Jesus
to see everything with the eyes of faith,
to do nothing but with a view to You
and to ascribe all to You.

May the Brothers who gather in Chapter
be faithful to our deepest aspirations
and at this time of change and challenge, give us the courage to say
‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away: Blessed be the name of the Lord’.
Amen

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