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New National President for the Society in NZ
15 October 2015
Dear Area Presidents, Conference Presidents, Area & Conference office bearers, Conference members, Associates and all Volunteers assisting in our Shops and other Vincentian work in New Zealand.
Firstly, my sincere thanks for your vote of confidence at our AGM on 3rd and 4th October electing me as National President of the Society in New Zealand. I will use my utmost strength and my skills to serve you in this important role, to enable you to carry out our mutual commitment to serve the poor and needy in New Zealand.
At the AGM I outlined my Vision Statement to those present. It is as follows:
To deliver a committed and joyful team of Vincentians to lovingly serve the poor and suffering of NZ in accord with The Rule.
My comments on the Vision Statement will be placed on the Society’s website. www.svdp.org.nz
As Vincentians we have a vocation to follow Christ through service to those in need; serving in hope and showing our commitment through person-to-person contact. My prayerful thanks to each of you for your past and future efforts.
I look forward to meeting many of you in the near future. Please feel free to contact me on any matter.
David Williams CGI Representative visits NZ
The Society in New Zealand was honored and very blessed to have David Williams attend it's AGM held in Tauranga 2-4 October 2015.
David's presentations on the Rule & Statutes and the Canonization of Frederic Ozanam may be found on this website (under AGM presentations).
David's focus, on behalf of CGI, has been on The Rule (our Spirituality) & Statutes since the 2003 General Assembly that approved all three Parts.
At the moment, much of David's time is taken up with negotiations with the Vatican (Cor Unum) about the status of the Society in the Church following Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio “In the Service of Charity”. There are many difficult and serious issues involved, but many of the points are very interesting. The only people involved directly in the negotiations are the President General, Michael Thio and David, but the Board are consulted and kept informed, and wider consultation of the IEC has also taken place.
David was on the Commission for the Canonisation of Blessed Frederic and involved in producing his Book of the Sick. He is also involved with the cascading International Formation & Training Commission that began by training National Presidents. David is consulted about most of the disciplinary issues which arise in various countries and which also reach the desk of the President General.