Ninety friars from various countries, who constitute the membership of the Chapter, will gather in the succeeding days and weeks to discuss the state of the Order, decide questions of special importance, formulate a program for the next six years, and elect a new Prior General and the members of his Council. Ended over two weeks later on 14th September.
The Prior General, Robert Prevost OSA addressed the membership with reflections on the experiences which the German author Goethe had in Rome and also Augustine’s restless interior search which compelled him to go outside of himself in responding to the demands of the Church of the fifth century.
The Prior General then encouraged the chapter membership to view these days and weeks as an important part of our history as an Order and to feel “at home” in our house and during these important meetings. The morning session ended with an invitation to Mid-Day prayer and then a community lunch (pranzo) celebrating the feast day. We celebrated solemn evening prayer at the basilica of Saint Augustine which is the church where St Monica’s mortal remains are venerated. We then were blessed with the opportunity to have his Holiness, Pope Francis join us in the celebration of the official opening of the chapter with Mass.