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Irish Representation at General Chapter

The Ordinary General Chapter of the worldwide Augustinian Order will be held in Rome this year.  The chapter which will begin on August 28th (feast of St. Augustine) will continue until its work is completed.  This is expected to be approximately the third week of September.  The General Chapter is the body that determines the direction the Order will take over the next six years.  Another very important task entrusted to this body which represents friars from all over the Augustinian world is the election of the Prior General of the Order. 

For the last twelve years this role has been carried out by Fr Robert Prevost OSA who has now completed two terms of six years and is not, therefore, eligible for re-election.  The new Prior General can be elected from among the capitulars (those attending the chapter either as delegates or ex-ufficio) or from any solemnly professed friar who fulfills the necessary conditions.

The Irish Province has recently held an election process to determine who will represent it at this General Chapter.  The number of delegates that may attend the chapter from each province is determined according to the number of members in solemn vows adscribed to it.  In addition to these friars the current Prior Provincial attends the chapter ex ufficio.  The two delegates elected by the Irish Province are Fr. Desmond Foley (Galway) and Fr. Brian O'Sullivan (Rome).  They will be accompanied by Fr. John Hennebry who will take up his office as Prior Provincial at the Provincial Chapter of the Irish Province which is to be celebrated in Horse and Jockey, Co. Tipperary, beginning on the 23rd of June 2013.

This is an important time in the life of the Order and we ask you to keep us in your prayers as we celebrate both Provincial and General Chapters this year.

Article posted on 9th of June 2013

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