If Discernment is the big word from GC36 it is certainly being taken seriously at the Roman Curia. An extensive discernment and planning process will go on there for the next couple of months. It is engaging some of the GC36 invitations to move forward. John Dardis, the new Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning, is Chairing a committee of three people which includes himself, the Secretary of the Society, Antoine Kerhuel, and the Secretary for Collaboration, Edward Fassett.
“There are many items to look at”, said Fr. Antoine Kerhuel “and we need a lot of different groups. We are involving people from the Curia itself; from outside; lay people;other religious; collaborators. We are trying to have a mix of people from different Conferences and cultures. It is a challenge, but it is really exciting.”
There are a range of items being considered: how the Curia communicates including an updating of its website; a reform of the Statutes on Poverty; an evaluation of Province restructuring; a look forward to the Synod on Youth and how the Society can contribute.
“Some tasks are small and concrete and not so difficult.” said Ed Fassett. “Others are more complex and require a bit more time and energy. That is what makes the work exciting and interesting.”
The plan itself should be finished by September this year and then the activities outlined will continue for three or four years.