The superiors of the Salvatorian European Provinces from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Spain and Switzerland gathered from 28-30 MAY 17 at the Monastery of Steinfeld, Germany for their annual meeting and for consultations with respect to the Congregation’s future in Western Europe.
They arrived during the weekend dedicated to the feast of St. Herman Joseph which took place on 27-28 MAY, so that some of them had the chance of participating in Sunday’s celebrations. On the following two days, together with Fr. Milton Zonta, Superior General, and Fr. Agustín Van Baelen, General Mission Secretary, the superiors exchanged information about their respective units, including the challenges they are facing. Among these challenges are the future of the units, the decreasing number of vocations, the need for a shared formation program, and the exchange of members for service in Europe.
In the light of these circumstances, how might the Salvatorians in Europe carry on: this question was extensively discussed during the meeting in the Eifel region. One concept might be that of founding a common European formation community. The point there is to find a way to synergize as well as to understand up to what extent confreres from the emerging Churches could serve in the European Provinces.
Other topics discussed were the Centenary of the Founder’s death next year and the related celebrations, as well as the forthcoming four-week General Chapter which will also take place in 2018, in St. Ottilien nearby Munich.
The superiors also learned from one another as they made plans for the future. It was a very rich meeting that will surely support the growth and new shape of the Salvatorian presence in Europe. The discussions took place in a very open and fraternal atmosphere. And of course the Superiors took an interest in the recent developments in the Steinfeld Monastery. Those present included Frs. Josef Wonisch (AU), Piet Cuijpers (BG), Karl Meier (CH), Hubert Veeser (D), Fernando López (ES), Richard Mway Zeng (GB), Agostino Maiolini (IT), and Piotr Filas (PL). We are grateful for their dedication to the Society.