April 24, 2012
USA Xaverian Provincial Council
-- Wayne, NJ: The Xaverian Missionaries of the USA gathered in Bordentown, New Jersey to forge a new path for the next four years and to establish new leadership at their XIV Provincial Chapter. The priorities of the province were reviewed in light of personnel and demographic changes and the availability of confreres in order to strengthen their communities and focus their main attention on missionary vocations, inspiring a new generation to the missio ad gentes of the Church (proclamation of the Gospel to those who do not know Christ). This includes reaching out to young people with all of the challenges today that express the missio ad gentes: interfaith and intercultural dialogue; solidarity with the poor through charity and justice; the sharing of the legacy of the congregation’
s Founder, St. Guido Maria Conforti; and the sharing of the stories of Xaverian missionaries and missions. Contemporary development and interactive outreach using social media and all modern means of communication were assessed.
The new Provincial Council of the Xaverian Missionaries in the USA was elected. Pictured from left to right: Fr. Joe Mattuecig, SX , Fr. Tony Lalli, SX, Fr. Carl Chudy SX (Provincial Superior), Fr. Rocco Puopolo, SX and Fr. Mark Marangone, SX.
Commenting on the proceedings, Fr. Rocco Puopolo posted on his Facebook page: “Every four years, communities like ours get together for a Chapter Meeting... a moment to stop, assess our work, plan for the future, review our statutes and governance, elect new leadership... hopefully have a good time.... recharge our spirits..... Pray for us.”
Fr. Carl Chudy, re-elected Provincial Superior, adds, “May God give us light for the next four years!”