Members of the Province of Meribah gather this month in Rome at the General Chapter meeting for the Society of Mary (Marianists). Bro. Michael John, Bro. Thomas and Bro. Timothy with 40 delegates from across the regions of the world where the Society ministers are attendingthe Chapter. The delegates represent Marianist communities in Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as in North, Central and South Americas.
The Chapter’s theme for its July 3-22 meeting is “Deepening of our Marianist Life for a Globalized Marianist Mission.”
The Chapter acts as the highest legislative body for the Marianists. Delegates meet once every six years to strengthen the bonds of unity among members of the Society and to carry out legislative and evaluative functions. It is responsible for electing the Society’s General Council, including the Superior General and its General Assistants. The Chapter is also responsible for articulating the Society’s missionary vision, long range planning, and setting objectives for the next years for the entire Society. In addition, delegates determine policies and set budgetary guidelines.