Closing Mass of the 35th General Chapter
Homily for the Closing Mass of the 35th General Chapter
The superior general in council has named and the
general chapter has confirmed
the nomination of Brother Augustin Nelson of the
province of Haiti as secretary general
for a first mandate.
The same took place for Brother Omar Patrick
Andriambahoaka of the province of
Madagascar as general treasurer for a first mandate.
Changes regarding the service of fraternal authority
in the Institute.
Brother Omar Patrick
Brothers Raymond Hetu and Serge Toupin
Brother Raymond Hetu
Brother Raymond Hetu was born in Woonsocket, Rhode
Island, USA, on November 25, 1957. He pronounced his
first profession on August 5, 1978, and his perpetual
profession on June 16, 1985. He holds a Bachelor of Arts
degree and Master of Arts degree in History. Besides
being a teacher, he served as a local superior, and
master of novices for three years. Since 2006, he has
worked at St. Columba’s College in St. Albans, England.
At this school, he dedicated himself to the promotion
and the sharing of the foundational charism of the
Institute. At the time of his election to the general
council, he was a member of the provincial council of
New England Province.
Brother Serge Toupin was born in
Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, Canada, on September 15,
1952. He pronounced his first profession on June 23,
1974, and his perpetual profession on June 14, 1980. He
is certified in secondary education and holds a Bachelor
of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Theology.
He has experience in PRH (Personal Human Relations)
formation and in growth psychopathology (IFHIM-Institute
for the Integrated Human Formation). Besides being a
teacher, he served as an animator and in vocation
ministry. He has been a local superior and a provincial
councilor. In 1988, he went to Tahiti where he was
director of John XXIII House and professor at the major
seminary. At the same time, he was the delegate of the
provincial superior in French Polynesia. Upon his return
to Quebec in 2001, he was appointed master of novices.
In 2002, he was called to work as full-time 1st
councilor of the Province of Canada. Since July 2008, he
has exercised the service of fraternal authority as
MASS OF THANKSGIVING
for the outgoing general council
During this Eucharist we wish to thank the Lord for the outgoing
General Council, and especially for Brothers Gaston Lavoie and
Brothers Gaston and Paul were members of the General Council
during fifteen and twelve years, respectively.
When we started our mandate, six years ago, Gaston and Paul were
the experienced men of the General Council.
They fraternally welcomed us as new members of the council,
arriving with a lot of good will, but ignoring practically
everything about the functioning of the general council.
They allowed us to begin a new life at the service of the
Institute and immediately made us feel at home.
We thank the Lord for the fraternal welcome of Brothers Gaston
for their spirit of service, for their constant support for the
best discernment in our decisions, for their loyalty, for their
love of truth, for their generosity, for their love to the
Institute, for their good heart.
May the heart of Jesus bless them, bless us and all our brothers
and lay partners.
BROTHERS of the
The 35th general chapter
gives thanks to God for the service of authority given by the
outgoing general council.
Hermano José Ignacio
Carmona, superior general, Colombia
Frère Gaston Lavoie, conseiller général, Canada
Brother Paul Montero, general councilor, New Orleans
Hermano Denis Plourde Caron, consejero general, América Austral
Frère Charles Biagui, conseiller général, Sénégal
We are happy to announce that the chapter has chosen the
following team to lead the institute during the next six years.
Hermano José Ignacio Carmona Ollo, Superior General, Colombia,
Hermano Denis Plourde Caron, consejero general, América Austral,
Brother Raymond Hetu, general councilor, New England, first
Frère Serge Toupin, conseiller général, Canada, premier terme.
Frère Charles Biagui, conseiller général, Sénégal, deuxième
José Ignacio Carmona
Denis Plourde Caron
The day started with the opening of the session by Brother José
Ignacio Carmona-. The prayer, inspired by the chant : “ Que rien
ne te trouble ”, invited us to keep an inner silence. Brother
Serge Toupin presented the agenda and Brother Germán Cuervo the
report on the Province of Colombia. Among the strengths of that
Province, were the capacity for enthusiastic work and
willingness and solidarity of its members; among the weaknesses
were the need to strengthen the sense of community and vocation
The session continued with the presentation of the main theme by
Brother Denis Plourde : A call to a prophetic mission: part two.
Vocation ministry in view of a prophetic mission. He emphasized
two obvious facts: it is God who calls, and the call does not
come from us. He then invited the four secretaries of the
respective pre-Chapter assemblies to present their reports on
the 1st question : Identify the four principal obstacles that
impede vocation ministry. After the break, at 10:30 a.m., we
proceeded to the election of the General Superior. Brother José
Ignacio was chosen after the first ballot with an absolute
majority for a second term as the General Superior of the
Brother José Ignacio opened the session, and after the singing
of the hymn "Laudate Dominum" the assembly approved the minutes
of yesterday’s sessions. Then, Brother Joseph Rocco presented
the report on the situation in the Province of New York. On the
positive side he highlighted the Brothers’ passion for the
mission, and as challenges: ageing and lack of vocations.
We then continued with the reactions of the Chapter members to
the reports of the four conferences on the first question of the
main theme of the day. Here are a few reactions: Brothers are
not sufficiently present among the young, lack of direct
involvement in the vocation ministry, the need to invite
possible candidates to “Come and see.” After the break, the
members worked in groups to discuss the following point: Why do
we want vocations? State five elements that must not be
disregard in our consideration of vocation ministry with a view
to a prophetic mission.
Upon returning to assembly, and after a period of prayer, we
placed names in nomination for the 1st and 2nd General
Councilors. The session was adjourned.
May 07, 2012
Superior general of
all Brothers of the Institute of the Brothers of the Sacred
Monday, May 7, 2012, the general chapter elected on the first
ballot with an absolute majority Brother José Ignacio Carmona
Ollo as superior general of the Institute.
All of us thank him
for having accepted to serve another mandate in the service of
fraternal authority at the general level. We assure him of our
prayers and support.
Ametur Cor Jesu! Ametur Cor Mariae!
May 03, 2012
Douala, 24 April 2012.
Brother José Ignacio Carmona and members of the General Chapter:
Providentially, we are today in Douala on our way to Lagos for
our official visitation of our local communities in Africa.
We took the opportunity to visit with the brothers in Douala,
who welcomed us most cordially, and invited us to share an
evening meal with them; this afforded us an opportunity to renew
our fraternal bonds with them.
They showed us around the wonderful facilities that you have in
your “Collège St-Michel,” there. Congratulations!
We are aware that you are scheduled to begin your general
chapter in Rome tomorrow. We also know that is a very
significant moment for you as an institute.
On behalf of all the general administration of the Religious of
Jesus and Mary, we wish to assure you of our prayers for you all
during this month. May the Holy Spirit accompany you in your
deliberations and decision-making.
We are scheduled to return to Rome on 10 May, and upon our
arrival we hope to meet with you, and learn how the chapter is
Through the intercession of Father Coindre, Brother Polycarp and
Sainte Claudine, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, may Jesus grant
you his generous blessings.
Cordial greetings to each member of the chapter,
Maria Angeles Aliño, RJM et Francoise Barras RJM
April 26-27, 2012
RECOLLECTION - Brother Sean Sammon, fms
Outline of the
- A story
- Religious life’s recent journey and where we are now
- The present challenges and the importance of charism and the
- The role of the General Chapter
- Acceptance of contradictions
- Styles of leadership
- Forming an identity
- Some signs of time
Fundamental questions: Do you and I really believe that the
Spirit of God who was so alive and active in our founders longs
to live and breathe in you and me today?
- Take a few minutes to reflect on the journey that the Brothers
of the Sacred have made over the last half century. Can you
identify any of the stages discussed here? Where does the
institute appear to be at the moment in terms of the process of
renewal? What challenges do you and your brothers face at the
- If you had the opportunity to give the members of the chapter
one piece of advice, what would it be?
- Consider the institute as a whole or your own province for a
moment. What style of leadership appears to be preferred by the
Brothers in general: transformational or transactional?
- As you look to this chapter, what can you as its delegates do
to foster the type of leadership that will allow you to address
prophetically the question of mission, and perhaps even revisit
community life and the spiritual and human development of the
- What have been my best experiences of community life thus far?
- What aspects of community life are most challenging for me?
- In what ways might you and I need to change if we are to
invite young people into our institutes today? What might the
chapter do to address, once again, the question of vocations?
April 25, 2012
Official opening of the General Chapter
After a few moments or personal prayer in the chapel of the
General House and after singing the “Veni Creator Spiritus”, the
chapter members go to the chapter hall where the superior
general, Brother José Ignacio Carmona Ollo, delivers a welcoming
address and declares the 35th General Chapter officially open.
Then, Bro. José Ignacio reads the letter received from the
Prefect of the Congregation for the Institutes of consecrated
life and Societies of apostolic life, on the occasion of the
opening of the chapter. He then introduces the members of the
2. Examination of powers (role call of chapter members)
3. Election of the director of debates: Bro. Yvan Turgeon
4. Election of secretaries of the chapter: Bros. Joseph
Mbissine Ndong (Sénégal) andt Jean Toora (Togo).
5. Election Tellers: Alfredo Julio Palacio (Colombia)
Raphaël Rakotomiandrisoa (Madagascar) and Joseph Koudé (Central
6. Election of the coordination committee: Bro. André
Cloutier for the French speaking Africa and Madagascar
conference, Bro. Eusebio Calvo for the Latin America and Spain
conference, Bro. Raymond Hétu for the English speaking
conference, Bro. Serge Toupin for the North/South conference.
7. Adoption of the daily timetable
8. Adoption of the chapter directory
9. Adoption of the daily agenda