The Christian Life Community is an international association of Christians: men and women, adults and young people, of all social conditions, who want to follow Jesus Christ more closely and work with Him for the building of the Kingdom. Members make up small groups, which are part of larger communities organized regionally and nationally, all forming ONE World Community following the Ignatian Spirituality. The CLC-CVX General Assembly in Argentina gathered 250 participants from more than 70 countries.

The purpose of the Assembly is to join the world and national representatives in prayerful collaboration as a World body to discern the orientation and priorities of CLC globally for the next 5 years. Under the slogan “ CLC-CVX a gift for the Church and for the world” the Assembly looked forward the desire of a greater depth and integration in the living out of their charism in the world today.

The main events in the assembly were:

In summary CLC discernment opened three new windows for the future: to deepen in their identity and charism as an international apostolic body; to share the gift of Ignatian spirituality, and to go forth to serve those most in need.

In addition, administrative and financial matters are discussed, resolved, and confirmed.  Some key business matters covered include:

  • Approval of the activity reports and accounts of the period since the previous assembly.
  • Setting the policies and orientations for the period up to the next General Assembly.
  • Deciding the financial policies to be followed.
  • Deciding on proposed amendments to the General Principles and General Norms.
  • Confirming the establishment of new national communities.

On Tuesday 31 July, on the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the General Assembly in Buenos Aires elected the new World CLC Executive Council for the period 2018-2023. 

The new Executive Committee was formed as follows: 

  • President: Denis Dobbelstein (Belgium)
  • Vice President: Ann Marie Brennan (USA) 
  • Secretary: Catherine Waiyaki (Kenia) 
  • Consultor: Fernando Vidal (Spain) 
  • Consultor: Daphne Ho (Hong Kong) 
  • Consultor: Diego Pereira (Uruguay) 
  • Consultor: Najat Sayegh (Lebanon) 
  • Executive Secretary: Alwin Macalalad (Philippines) 
  • Resource Executive: Rojean Macalalad (Philippines) 
  • Ecclesiastical Vice Assistant: Herminio Rico, SJ (Portugal) 

Recent World Assemblies were held as follows: 

  • 2013 – Lebanon:  16th General Assembly in Beirut: From Our Roots to the Frontiers. "This is my son, The Beloved, listen to what He says" (Mk 9:7)
  • 2008 – Portugal:  15th General Assembly in Fatima: Journeying as an Apostolic Body: our Response to This Grace from God. “The apostles gathered around Jesus and told him what they had done and taught” (Mk 6, 30-34)
  • 2003 – Kenya: 14th General Assembly in Nairobi: Sent by Christ, Members of One Body
  • 1998– Brazil:  13th General Assembly in Itaici: Deepening Our Identity as an Apostolic Community - Clarifying Our Common Mission. "CLC, a Letter from Christ, Written by the Spirit, Sent to Today's World"
  • 1994Hong Kong: 12th General Assembly: CLC Community in Mission "I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already!"