From May 18 until June 7, 2020 the General Chapter would initially take place in the Generalate in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Because of the global corona crisis this had to be postponed. The board had hoped to organize the Chapter in November of this year. However, in view of the situation in the various countries and the restrictions regarding international flights, celebrating a General Chapter in November 2020 in Tilburg (or any other country) will also not be possible.
The General Board had to decide to postpone the General Chapter again, provisionally until May/June 2021. With the approval of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in Rome, the mandate of the incumbent leaders (general board and bursar, and provincial and regional boards and bursars) will be extended until the day of the elections in May or June 2021. The final dates have yet to be determined.
Superior General Brother Lawrence Obiko wrote in a letter to all brothers in the Congregation that he would have liked the situation to have been different, but that we should “humbly accept that God’s ways are not our ways. Let us remain united in these challenging times and let us pray together for better times”.