Provincial Chapter begins
Day two of the Provincial Chapter was a day of working on proposals and listening to reports. But that doesn't mean that it was all work and no play. On the left, Fathers Dan Kroger, O.F.M. and Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.set up the Saint Anthony Messenger Press display so that all of us could see what our flagship ministry is doing in the area of evangelization. On the right, Fr. Dan Havron, O.F.M. found something funny.
The main report today was delivered by Brother Andrew Brophy, O.F.M., our delegate from the Minister General in Rome. Bro. Andy has been with us for over a year visiting every friar in the province and learning about how we live our Franciscan life. Today he gave his summary and challenged us to live our Franciscan ideals even more clearly.
This after noon I gave the Vocation Office report. I mentioned this blog and the role it has played in vocation work. I also oversaw the events of the day and kept the meeting going. It seems like I spent a lot of time making announcements and solving minor crises. :-(
The real joy of the gathering, however, is the fraternity. There are about 130 friars and postulants here and we have enjoyed prayer, meals, discussion and debate as a community. That is what a Chapter is all about--fraternity.