General Chapter X
The theme of our most recent General Chapter in July 2011 was:
amongst ourselves; within our world;
with our planet.
Every six years there is a General Chapter - an international gathering at which there are delegates from each Priory of the Association.
At the General Chapters the Association works towards statements which give inspiration to the Communities worldwide.
Solidarity is at the heart of the Trinity and at the heart of creation.
As God is the origin of our existence we share one destiny with all creation. For that reason we have to take care of the earth and all who live in it. The fundamental question, 'Where are you?' (Gen.3:9 ) is calling us to solidarity.
In our Association, whether we are smaller, ageing Communities, or younger, more vital communities, we share the same prophetic task of pointing the way to new life, and weaving threads of hope and solidarity. In our fragility we all walk the same path from death to life, experiencing the deep meaning of the Paschal Mystery.
Finally we ask ourselves this question, 'to whom have we linked our destiny?' We find an answer in recognizing God's presence in each other, each of our Priories, in the Association and in our world and planet.