The “Rioplatense” Province of St. Anthony of Padua in Argentina-Uruguay celebrated a unitary Spiritual Chapter with the Provincial Delegation in Paraguay, of the Province of St. Anthony and Bl. James of Strepar in Poland (Cracow).
The Chapter was held October 15-19, 2018, at the Villa Marista Retreat Center in Luján (Buenos Aires), Argentina.
In keeping with a series of bilateral agreements made between the two Jurisdictions, the Minister Provincial of the “Rioplatense” Province, Friar Aldo Andrés CÚCCARO, convened the Chapter in collaboration with the Minister Provincial of the Province of Cracow, Friar Marian GOŁĄB, who also took part in the Chapter.
The purpose of this initiative was to strengthen the fraternal bonds between the friars of Argentina and Uruguay and those of Paraguay. Most of the friars from Argentina and all the friars from Paraguay participated, together with Friar Jacek ORZEŁ, the Delegate of the Minister Provincial to this land of the “Guaraní”.
Also present at the Chapter Assembly was the Assistant General for the Federazione Intermediterranea Ministri Provinciali (FIMP), Friar Joaquín Ángel AGESTA CUEVAS, serving as the General Visitator to the “Rioplatense” Province.
Spiritual reflections were given by Friar Edgardo QUINTEROS (Dominican), who was asked to speak on the theme of “Minoritic Fraternity”.
The Chapter was a true time of grace, especially because of its fraternal richness. The assembly also got to visit the nearby National Marian Shrine (Nuestra Señora de Luján), to celebrate Mass together.
Beyond the spiritual reflection, the meeting also took place to develop mutual understanding between the friars who are living the Gospel, who are working for it and bearing witness to it in this “Southern Cone” of Latin America.
Friar Carlos Trovarelli Assistant General for FALC