A Community of Missioners
|Father Dan Dorsey|
Four years ago I invited our Glenmary Challenge readers to play an active part in Glenmary's General Chapter XIV by becoming Chapter prayer participants. In doing so I asked you to pray daily for its success. Your response was overwhelming and your prayers definitely made a difference!
As we prepare for General Chapter XV, I once again ask for your prayer support for the success of this most significant event in the life of a religious community.
This year's Glenmary Chapter will be held June 6-17 at the Blessed John XXIII Center in Charleston, W.Va. During these 12 days Glenmary brothers, priests, men in formation and six of our coworkers will discern as a community the signs of the times and discuss future directions for community life and our home mission apostolate. We will also elect a new leadership team—a president and two vice presidents.
As a society of the apostolic life, Glenmary reflects a unique blend of zeal for the apostolate and the need for community. Our task of initiating and fostering salvation through Jesus Christ in rural areas and small towns of the United States presents a unique set of challenges and is, at times, difficult.
Our theme for Chapter, "A Community of Missioners," reflects our knowledge that there is strength in our unity as a community. As a "community of missioners" we recognize that where many unite, there is a variety of talents to meet the challenges that our missionary work presents.
As Glenmary's president I am humbled by both the prayer and the financial support that our partners in mission provide to make our apostolate possible. I thank God for you and your dedication to Glenmary's mission and ministry.
In preparation for the 15th General Chapter, I would like to invite you to once again unite with us in a special way as we pray for its success. For the past months all Glenmarians and coworkers have been praying daily a prayer I composed for this Chapter. Please join us in asking for the Holy Spirit's inspiration and guidance of our General Chapter as we set a course for the next four years by praying with us now through June 17.
May God bless you—and Glenmary!
As Glenmary prepares for its 15th General Chapter, grant them vision and inspiration to better serve your people in the mission areas of the United States.
You are the Vine Grower. In your wisdom and love, we pray that you will take away every branch that does not bear fruit and prune all other branches so that they may bear even more fruit.
Lord Jesus Christ,
You are the true vine and we are the branches. Apart from you we can do nothing. But in union with you and your love, whatever we ask for will be done.
I humbly beg you, therefore, to allow Glenmary's 15th General Chapter to bear fruit so that those in even the most forgotten and neglected areas of the United States might be fed at your Eucharistic table.
You open the heart and the mind to the Vine Grower's call. You make effective every impetus toward good, toward truth and toward charity. Bring to completion the joy of Jesus in these missioners so that their love may be made manifest to all.
Father, Son and Spirit,
Receive with kindness these prayers for Glenmary's 15th Chapter. Grant its participants zeal, generosity and unity to help them remain faithful to the Gospel and the Mission in which they share.