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Thursday, July 19, 2007

A new chapter

The General Chapter of the Order of Preachers is underway in Bogota, Columbia.

To get an idea of the state of the Order, you can read the (lengthy) Relatio de Statu Ordinis.

The fun bits of the Chapter will be found in the informal chronicles, updated daily. There will also be lots of pictures of Dominicans doing what Dominicans do.

Homilies, too, will be posted as they become available. The homilist for the General Chapter's opening Mass of the Holy Spirit yesterday was Fr. Jose Gabriel Mesa Angulo, OP, Prior Provincial of the host Province of San Luis Bertrand, Colombia. He began with a recommendation for the underlingual at this trilingual General Chapter:
...when you are not able to understand them, think that they are telling you something good and you will see how communication will be born.
That might work even when people are speaking the same language.

Fr. Angulo concluded his homily by "commend[ing] this Chapter to our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Chiquinquira, Queen and Patroness of Colombia." There's an interesting story behind that title.