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Brother Emili Turú speaks at the Union of Superior Generals

04/06/2010: General House

The Union of Superior Generals held its six-month assembly at the Salesianum in Rome, from 26 to 28 May 2010, to reflect on “Europe calls to the consecrated life. The situations and the implications”. 130 Superior Generals and some Councillor Generals took part in the assembly.

The study sessions which the Union of Superior Generals organize every six months took place in the General House of the Salesians. Brother Emili Turú, our Superior General, spoke in conjunction with Fathers Mauro Jöhrl, OFMCap. and Adam Zak, SJ to present religious life in view of the contemporary situation as it is lived in Europe. Br Emili offered an analysis of religious life in Mediterranean Europe while the other two spoke about their view of religious life in North and Eastern Europe respectively.

AnaThe Friday morning began with work sessions on the topic: “Committed laity and consecrated life”. Motivation for the reflection was the responsibility of Judith King, from Ireland, and Ana Sarrate, from Spain, a member of the extended Marist Bureau of Laity.

A matter that has for some time come to form part of the priorities of many religious orders and institutes is surely the ever increasing problem of the presence of consecrated life in Europe. In view of an outstanding number of works, there were laments about the decline or absence of new vocations almost everywhere, aggravated by the growing number of elderly religious. Although it may only be in numbers, the fate of not a few religious institutes, who have their origins precisely in Europe, is at stake.

The first to take notice and to be concerned are none other than the Superior Generals. In the two assemblies planned for 2010, in May and November, the agendas feature the topic of consecrated life in Europe. That very fact shows that the situation is considered very serious. The May meeting endeavoured to bring them face to face with the reality in front of them, and in November they will seek to identify proposed programmes for confronting their future seriously.

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