On May 20, the Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Fr. Robert Epping, C.S.C., sent a letter convoking the 2022 General Chapter, which will be held from June 20 to July 8 at Villa Aurelia in Rome.
In his letter, Fr. Epping announced that the Chapter will begin with three days of prayer and reflection. Each day will feature a different speaker who will treat the topic of “Discerning the Future of Religious Life.”
The speakers for these days are Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL), the Very Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and Sr. Roxanne Schares, S.S.N.D., Superior General of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
The Chapter will have the privilege of having three guest Mass presiders and homilists: Cardinal Michael Czerny, S.J., Prefect of Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide), and Cardinal Peter K. Turkson, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
Cardinal Czerny, a Canadian, knows Holy Cross through his visits to St. Joseph’s Oratory. Likewise, Cardinal Tagle is most familiar with Venerable Patrick Peyton and the work of Holy Cross Family Ministries in the Philippines, and lastly, Cardinal Turkson was taught by the Holy Cross Brothers in Ghana.
The Superior General, with the consent of the Council, has also appointed four observers to the General Chapter: Br. Morris Achana, C.S.C., Fr. Luc-Franck Jean-Pierre, C.S.C., Br. Emmanuel Kenneth Goode, C.S.C., and Fr. GracyIsubious D’Rozario, C.S.C.
The Chapter will be moderated by Fr. Emmanuel Kallarackal, C.S.C., and Fr. William Dorwart, C.S.C.
According to the Congregation's Constitutions, "The highest authority in the Congregation is vested in the general chapter, which must discern and decide the largest issues of the common good and regulate relations between the societies and among the provinces. ... The general chapter meets ordinarily every six years. It analyzes the state of our common life and mission, promotes and safeguards the heritage of the congregation, reviews and amends the statutes, issues decrees, recommendations and declarations, elects the superior general and the general assistants, and erects, divides or suppresses provinces" (99, 100).
The General Administration looks forward to welcoming all to Rome later this month.