After nearly a year of preparation, prayer and reflection, the 2018 Provincial Chapter has drawn to a close. Held from June 18-22 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it was a fulfilling and inspiring week of worship, renewal, fellowship and planning.
During this impactful week, U.S. Province members, Lay Spiritans, provincials from other circumscriptions, and invited Spiritans working or studying in the U.S. but not assigned to the province, came together in prayerful reflection on the work and direction of the Congregation.
Attendees received reports and updates from the provincial and various ministries and missions, and worked in discussion groups during this important opportunity for discerning God’s will for the province.
Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Superior General Fr. John Fogarty, C.S.Sp., and Fr. Jeffrey Duaime, C.S.Sp., each took a turn presiding over the daily Eucharist, as did Fr. Donald Nesti, C.S.Sp., who also received a presidential medal from Duquesne University’s president, Ken Gormley.
The Chapter culminated in the re-election of the current provincial, Fr. Jeffrey Duaime, C.S.Sp., for another three-year term. With input from the Congregation, Fr. Duaime will select provincial council members to form a cohesive leadership team to guide the Congregation over the next three years.
The Council will convene for a planning meeting in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, in early August before beginning their three-year mandates on August 15.