A Word from our Superior General

Our Pope Francis never seems to want to do things halfway. He especially does not do so when it comes to reminding Christ's disciples of the missionary dimension of their baptism. He has therefore decided to make a major move for October 2019. Two events of great importance for our entire Church will be held during this month.

Usually we celebrate World Mission Sunday on the third Sunday in October. This year, the Pope has summoned the whole Church to make October an "Extraordinary Month of Mission”. It is under the theme Baptized and sent: the Church of Christ on Mission in the World that, throughout the month of October, we will be invited to return to the sources of our Christian vocation at the service of proclaiming the Gospel and building the Kingdom of God.

October will also mark the holding, in Rome, of a Synod of the Bishops which will focus on the presence, mission and activity of the Church in the Amazon region.  This vast region of the globe, which includes to some extent nine (9) South American countries, is of particular interest to the rest of the world because of its ecological importance. We need only think of the issue of the fires that are devastating the forests of this vital ecosystem. They have repercussions for people all over the world. The title given to this ecclesial meeting is as follows: Synod for Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.  This Synod is of great importance for the universal Church.

The different themes that will be discussed in relation to the Amazon region can have repercussions for all the baptized in all the particular Churches. Some of the topics on the agenda include: the relationship of human beings with nature, the encounter of the Gospel and cultures, new ministries.
May the month of October 2019 therefore help us to rekindle the flame of our baptism and renew our missionary commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

Martin Laliberté, pmé
September 2, 2019