Extraordinary Provincial Chapter of the Province of St. Joseph in Romania

Monday, 28 June 2010 06:24
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The General Delegation of the Orient and Holy Land Becomes a Custody of the Province

An Extraordinary Provincial Chapter of the Province of St. Joseph was held in Roman, Romania from June 20-25, 2010.

The Minister Provincial and his Definitory convoked the Chapter indicating three points for the agenda:
1) The closing of the Friary at Holod;
2) The future of the License in Franciscan Theology at Roman;
3) To decide whether to accept the proposal made by the Order to the Province to accept the General Delegation of the Orient and the Holy Land as a Custody of the Province.

Following an explanation of the reasons for closing the Friary at Holod, the Capitular Friars voted to close the Friary.

The Capitulars spent a good amount of time on the discussion of the purposes and future of the License in Franciscan Theology. Two conclusions were reached in the end: the Province would continue its work in the education of youth; they would continue to seek improved ways of undertaking the formation of those young people who seek to enter the Franciscan Family.

The second day of Chapter was dedicated to the discussion of the proposal of the Minister General that the Province assume, under its own jurisdiction, the Friaries of the General Delegation of the Orient and the Holy Land, along with those Friars who are inscribed there.

The work began with the presentations on the General Delegation prepared by the Assistant General for CIMP, Friar Valentín Redondo, and by the General Delegate, Friar Antansio Sulik. Following several questions and discussions, a vote was taken in the afternoon, which passed by a large majority: 45 positive votes, 5 abstentions, and 1 negative vote.

Besides the work of the Capitulars, the Friars spent these two days in a climate of serene prayer and fraternity, typically Franciscan.

Fr. Virgil Blaj
Province Secretary