“We walk together”: on going the 56th General Chapter of the Order of Augustinian Recollects
The prior general of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, Miguel Miró, has started the process of the 56th General Chapter of the Order, which will begin on March 1, 2022, encouraging the religious, in various internal communications, to participate in its preparation.
To this end, it has launched all the capitular preparatory initiatives that are indicated in the Constitutions of the Order, in which religious now embark: the reading of the Status Report that will be officially presented on June 26, the sending of proposals and reflections on the Precapitular Commission already appointed and the election of the capitulars themselves, which has already begun in all the Provinces.
The first General Chapter of the Augustinian Recollects took place in 1621. November 19 of this year will therefore be its 400th anniversary. The 56th General Chapter will take place in 2022. They are convened and celebrated every six years although they have not always taken place with a perfect cadence due to historical vicissitudes. Hence the average of one every seven years that History reflects.
The prior general did ask, on his part, that this anniversary have an inspiring meaning:
We walk together
The tagline chosen for the 56th General Chapter is:
It points to the vital dynamism of the augustinian recollect charism as well as his deep union with the Church: The Spirit-filled life unites us all in Christ and in his evangelizing mission. We walk as one, each new day, with the whole Church to offer life and hope.
The logo, in stained glass style, refers to the unity of the Augustinian charism, made up of pieces of various dimensions that complement each other to have "one soul and one heart directed towards God."
The variety of colors shows the diversity of ministries, cultures and situations inside the Augustinian Recollect Family. The human figures, represented by primary colors, the origin of the other tones, point to the religious and the lay people walking as one. The horizon expresses a hopeful future.
Pray for the Chapter
sent by the Father to give us life,
to nourish us along the way
and to keep us in unity.
in the new challenge we face.
and gather us around your table every day.
— eyes to see,
— ears to listen,
— an open and sensitive heart
to assume the pain of suffering,
the needs and the aspirations
of every man and woman.
walking as one with you,
we may sing always the song
of glory to the Father, through You,
His Son and our Lord,
in the Holy Spirit. Amen