The second session of the second Holy Cross Forum took place January 17-20 in Rome. Fifteen of the Congregation of Holy Cross’ young brothers and priests from around the world participated in the gathering, meeting with members of General Council and General Administration.
“The 2010 General Chapter spoke of us being an international Congregation, not just a multi-national Congregation present in sixteen countries,” said Fr. Warner. “The Holy Cross Forum is one piece of a greater whole in our efforts to live and minister as an international Congregation. The more we can recognize and tap our internationality for the good of our mission, the better we will be able to serve the Church and the world.”
This second session of the Forum built on the first session, which took place June 5-8, 2013.
The first day with presentations by General Assistants Fr. Jorge Izaguirre, C.S.C., and Fr. Roy Thalackan, C.S.C., focused on the renewal of religious life in the Congregation and its communal and personal dimensions. Discussions followed among the participants examining how they might identify means to overcome difficulties, to enlighten confreres, and to become agents of renewal in their own particular jurisdictions.
The second day began with Fr. Richard V. Warner, C.S.C., Superior General of the Congregation, giving a presentation entitled “A New Congregation". The Superior General highlighted the international character and the global mission of the Congregation, as well as on the progress made in the planning process looking at new structures to enhance the Congregation’s global mission.
Following this talk, Fr. Robert Epping, C.S.C., the Sixth General Councilor, assisted by Br. Patrick Sopher, C.S.C., the Executive Director of Planning, and Br. George Schmitz, C.S.C., the Sixth General Assistant, animated a discussion on the various structures within the Congregation that are being examined for renewal.
“One of the Forum’s main objectives was the opportunity to include the voices of younger members of the Congregation’s planning process, as their representation on the planning task forces is smaller,” said Fr. Warner.
The following day, January 20, was the feast of the Congregation’s founder, Blessed Basile Moreau. To celebrate, the Forum participants went with the members of the General Council and General Administration to celebrate Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. Fr. Warner presided at the Mass.
Later that afternoon, Br. Thomas A. Dziekan, C.S.C., the Vicar General and First General Assistant, gave an in-depth view of the life and charism of Blessed Moreau and presented an update on his cause for canonization. The day ended with a Holy Hour followed by a social.
The Forum participants left the following day, but they will return to Rome in June for the third and final session of the second Holy Cross Forum.