GENERAL ADMINISTRATIONPRECAPITULAR COMMISSION: Chapter news
Moderators for the Chapter
As the time for the 35th General Chapter approaches, the Chapter Commissioner, Fr. David KALERT, continues to complete and fine-tune the many lists and tasks that will make the Chapter run more smoothly when it begins on September 8 at the Casa LaSalle in Rome.
The list of those Oblates who will often be working “behind the scenes” to make the Chapter a success is just about complete. Among them are the three Oblates who will serve as moderators or chairpersons during the plenary sessions and who will work closely with the Steering Committee to plan each day.
Those who have accepted the role of moderator are Fathers Filadelfo ESTRELLA, Adriano TITONE, and Hipólito OLEA. Fr. Estrella has served at previous chapters, both as provincial of the Philippines and as a moderator in 2004. Fr. Adriano is currently superior of the Italian scholasticate at Vermicino; he has also served in the Delegation of Senegal. Fr. Hipólito (originally from Mexico City) is a missionary in the mountains of Guatemala.
The young and the less young
For those who like statistics, we can report that the capitulars will range from 35 years old to 74 years old. There will be six “senior” capitulars, 70 years old and above. Three of the capitulars are in their 30’s. The average age of the 89 capitulars will be 53.8 years.
During plenary sessions, there will be simultaneous translation into the three official languages of the Congregation: French, English, and Spanish. The capitulars were asked to indicate their preferred “working” language for the Chapter (especially for receiving documents or making interventions). The numbers are as follow: French – 31; Spanish – 12; English – 46.