The Constitutions are the fundamental law of our Institute […]; They express the way we live the Gospel through our Religious Consecration to the Hospitaller life”.
Message to the whole HOSPITALLER COMMUNITY
I am writing to all the members of the Hospitaller Community – patients, co-workers, loved ones, volunteers, benefactors, friends and sisters – with a greeting of Peace.
I would like to inform you all that in January 2022 we shall be celebrating the Extraordinary General Chapter in Rome, for the purpose of studying and approving, if appropriate, the new text of our Constitutions which constitute the fundamental law of our Institute.
We would like to share with all of you this most important moment for the Congregation, because each one of you, as members of the Hospitaller Community participate, in your different ways, in the same charismatic spirit bequeathed to us by our Founders and which has been embodied over time in the various constitutional texts.
Since 2018 we have been engaged on a journey of prayer, reflection and participation on our “Rule of life”. Now we will begin the Chapter process with a preparatory phase performed online, starting on 15 October and ending on 18 December, and an in-person phase with the celebration of the Chapter itself, from 10 to 30 January 2022.
We are asking for the prayers of all those of you who are living the Christian faith in your lives or sharing that human companionship that distinguishes all of us as parties in the Hospitaller mission serving suffering humanity, to accompany us, in this undertaking.
Today, as we celebrate World Mental Health Day this year under the slogan: Mental Health Care for All: Let’s Make it Happen, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the entire Hospitaller Community for your commitment to those with mental illness and urge us all to renew our efforts on their behalf; they have always been marginalised on account of their illness and this year the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the mental health of everyone, particularly on the weakest and those most exposed to contagion because of their profession.
I join the sisters of the General Government in sending you my hospitaller best wishes.
Rome, 10 October 2021
Anabela Carneiro, General Superior