Saturday 9 June
Also today a day dedicated to the assembly debate in the classroom. You can see a nice 20 minute video presenting the Ecuadorian-Colombian province that hosts us. Then the interventions of the capitulars continue above all on the theme of the economy. A good time is also dedicated to presenting the project that in recent years has involved the mother house of the congregation, namely the Collegio Artigianelli: history, charismatic ideals, economic aspects, etc …
While in the afternoon the speech focuses more on the issues of government (after all connected to the economy) and on the possibility of extending the mandate of the superiors from 3 to 4 years renewable and from 6 to 8 for the general.
Thus closes the long presentation and discussion on the moral and economic relationship of the outgoing general council, which thus officially completes its 2012-2018 six-year term. Thanks Mario, Alejandro, Juarez, Fidel and Tullio!
Ecuador, the country that hosts us, is a small country (almost 300,000 square kilometers), but enchanting! Three areas (coast to the west, sierra to the center and Amazon forest to the east) completely different for climate, landscape, culture. The chapter takes place in San Rafael, a suburb of the capital Quito, in the central region of the Andes, at about 2,800 meters above sea level. Cool weather at night, but very pleasant during the day, the temperatures of this period range between 7 and 20 degrees and so far we have been blessed with beautiful sunny days and clear blue sky … so that it is easy to see some of the highest snow-capped peaks: Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Tungurahua, Pichincha, Cayambe, … But the 650 km of coastline on the Pacific are breathtaking and Ecuador also includes the Galápagos Islands, a natural heritage of humanity. About 16 million people live in Ecuador, who speak Spanish or Quechua, the currency is the US dollar and the economy of recent years has had a strong development, even if the social challenges remain, especially in the Amazon region, where the Giuseppini have been operating for almost 100 years.