CORDOBA, 19th -24th September 2022
To the National Responsible of our Fraternity in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Haiti, the United States and Quebec-Acadie.
Peace and joy in our beloved Brother and Lord Jesus!
It is appropriate to start the process of preparation for our III Pan American Assembly with this Convocation. In planning the format of the Assembly, we should take into account both the Conclusions of II Assembly (Santo Domingo, February 2018), as well as the Orientations that emerged from the World Assembly held in Cebu, Philippines in January 2019.
In our Assembly in Santo Domingo, we made several proposals to respond to the ecological challenges and the migratory challenges and to improve the life and mission of our fraternities. I believe that a careful reading of the “Letter of Santo Domingo” can refresh our memory and place our III Assembly in continuity with Santo Domingo. Also, in Cebu we set certain emphases and priorities that are included in the “Letter of Cebu”. I am attaching both documents in preparation for our next Assembly.
We can say that the World Assembly emphasized the missionary dimension of our priestly ministry, based on the mission experience of Brother Charles and the insistent invitation of Pope Francis to be a Church that goes out to the geographical and existential peripheries. In a meeting that the American delegates had during of the Cebu Assembly, we agreed that this should be the nucleus of our III Pan American Assembly and that it would be good to address it from the missionary experiences on the ground in the migration, ecological or health ministries, during these times of pandemic.
Pope Francis in his encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” places the gestation of universal brotherhood as the ultimate goal of the mission and points to Br. Charles as the one who inspires this evangelizing horizon. (FT n. 286 and 287).
Also, it seems important to me that we collect, analyse and project the data regarding our Fraternities in America, which is provided by the Survey that the International Team sent to all the countries.
(View full document in PDF: Convocation III Panamerica Assembly)