Beginning with reflection on the 19th General Chapter and its preparation, it is good to return to the Rule of Life and what it says about the nature and purpose of General Chapters. "The General Chapter", says RV at number 146, "is the supreme authority of the Institute, exercised in an extraordinary and collegial manner, and expresses the participation of all the missionaries in the life of the Institute itself. The Chapter must faithfully preserve the patrimony of the Institute

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