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Closing of the US Provincial Chapter (Brs)

The third Provincial Chapter of United States Province was held from November 14 – 21, 2017 at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Kalihi, Hawaii. There were 23 brothers present including all the delegates from the province as well as from the Region of India and the US– West Region. The chapter took place in a prayerful and discerning atmosphere. The first two days were spent in reporting on different matters. There was the election of provincial and council on the third day which took place after much discernment and reflection. Fr. Herman Gomes was elected as the provincial superior and Fr. Richard McNally as Vicar Provincial. Frs. Stephen Banjare, Richard Danyluk and Martin Gomes were elected as the councillors.

For two days, the chapter proposals were discussed in details with questions for clarifications, comments and suggestions and even rewrites of some of the proposal. On the last day, the voting took place for proposals and chapter decisions.

There was a reflection from Sr. Regina Mary Jenkins the Delegate Superior of Sisters’ Zone Asia-USA who was the Invited Guest to the Chapter. Fr. Herman Gomes, the New Provincial also addressed the chapter offering his hopes for the Province and asking for patience and support from all brothers.

Fr. Johnathan Hurrell declared the chapter closed officially after all the chapter business was taken care of and with a vote of thanks to all the staff and chapter members. The Installation of the Provincial and Council took place during the Eucharistic Celebration by Fr. Felipe Lazcano, the General Councilor from Rome who officiated the Holy Eucharist.