In the afternoon of August 24, after revisiting the orientation of the General Chapter, Fr Luiz Augusto Stephani, General Superior and the forty-four delegates extend to the new General Council a special prayer and blessing. This beautiful gesture of communion and love proves to be a foretaste of the following celebrations.
The very next day, the Eucharistic celebration gathers the other members of the Montfort Fathers’ General Council, Fr Wismick Jean Charles, Fr Marco Pasinato, Fr Rozario Menezes, Fr Arnoldus Suhard and the General Secretary Fr Balaswamy and also Br John Kallarackal, Superior General of the Brothers of St Gabriel, two general councilors, Br. Pratap Reddy and Br. James T.K. and Br. Christian Bizon, Provincial councilor of France. The Montfortian Family is well represented on this solemn day when Sr. Louise Madore and the former General Council displays the theme of their mandate “Widen the space of your tent” as they welcome the new General Council mandated to live out for the next six years the theme “Love without borders”. Sr. Louise revives a tradition dear to our Congregation as she unveils a cloth containing the embroidered name of each Congregational Leader since Mother Marie Louise of Jesus. The name of Sr Rani Kurian, the thirty-second Congregational Leader, is embroidered on a new cloth. After the commitment of the new General Council, in a spirit of communion and co-responsibility for the whole of the Congregation, all the delegates pronounce their own commitment. Numerous wishes, congratulations and thanksgiving are then offered by each Superior General who pledge to a greater collaboration among the three Congregations.
Montfort and Marie-Louise are certainly in jubilation on this blessed day. Having widened the space of our tent, with a renewed spirit, we feel empowered to love without borders.