Congregation of Holy Cross
Vol. 14, No. 10
"Get it while it's hot!!"
The Council of the Congregation
met at the Carmelite Provincial House in Bangalore, India.
Bangalore is a center for many religious communities; there are over 300
religious houses in Bangalore. Holy
Cross has the provincial house for the Province of South India, the District of
India, scholasticates for both, and candidates for both.
house was festively decorated for the members of the Council of the
Congregation. The evening before
the meetings began there was a cultural presentation of Indian dances by
students mostly from the Mount Carmel College.
The meeting of the Council of
the Congregation, of course, centered on restructuring.
Hugh Cleary presented us with his report on the state of the
Congregation. (This will be done in
a separate document.) Then there
was a series of reports on what each province or district has a blessing and as
a challenge, what had happened earlier with restructuring along with reports on
reactions to the latest questionnaire.
As I see it, the basic question
before the Congregation is: Do we want to be and can we be an international
congregation, or are we simply content to be a congregation that is simply
located in many different countries?
A congregation that is located in different places can be likened to a franchise. McDonald’s is all over the world. Although each area does some adaptation, the format and the products are basically the same and are familiar to all. Likewise, a religious congregation can operate with its charisms, history, and similar assortment of apostolates all over the world.