Provincial Chapter at St. Meinrad Archabbey
Tomorrow, Sunday, May 18, I will leave for southern Indiana in preparation for our Provincial Chapter to be held at Saint Meinrad Archabbey. A Chapter is a gathering of the Friars at which we elect administrators and discuss proposals concerning our common life as Franciscans. We hold Provincial Chapters every three years. This time we will elect a Provincial Minister, Provincial Vicar, and all four Council Members.
I have chaired the Chapter Planning Committee through a long but exciting process in preparation for this event. The first task was to find an adequate venue since our usual location, Kettering Hall at the University of Dayton, is not available this year. After looking at many options we decided on St. Meinrad Archabbey. The next task was to prepare the agenda through a series of regional meetings and to prepare for the elections.
What I hope to do this week is keep a log going on this blog site of the Chapter events. I'll have to see how the internet connections as well as my time are once I get into the week. As Executive Secretary for the week I know that I will have my hands full, but I do hope to have a little time to blog.
Please pray for the us Friars as we gather to make some important decisions.