Virtual event due to the pandemic
For the second year in a row, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Council General International (CGI) is holding its ANNUAL MEETING virtually in Madrid, on September 11th and 12th, 2021. Only Board members will be attending in person.
On both days, the plenary meeting is scheduled to begin at 1PM to conclude at 5PM (France’s local time). The meeting will be broadcast on Ozanam TV as customary in previous years of this term of office, thus enhancing transparency and dialogue between the CGI and the Vincentian grassroots.
The annual meeting is an event provided for in the Rule and Statutes of the SSVP’s International Confederation, as well as in the French regulations, which brings together the key world leaders of our Society to discuss and approve major subjects.
The National Presidents of Superior Councils, members of the International Executive Committee (IEC) and the Permanent Section (CGI’s Board and the International Territorial Vice Presidents – ITVPs) are called to this plenary session.
One of the items to be addressed will be the 2020 reports, which will be analyzed, discussed and approved: the President General’s Moral Report, the Treasurer General’s Accountability and the Secretary General’s Operational Report, among other documents.
A cooperation agreement will also be signed with Vincentian Lay Missionaries (MISEVI), a branch of the Vincentian Family focused on sharing experiences, formation and events. The “Charity in Hope” medal will be awarded to “Aid to the Church in Need” (ACN) for its humanitarian work on behalf of the neediest worldwide. Several resolutions will also be voted on during the plenary session.
In addition to the plenary session, there will be two more meetings: the international Board meeting, on September 9th; and the annual ITVP meeting on September 10th. Following these events, God willing, the 16th President General, brother Renato Lima de Oliveira, will be visiting a few Spanish cities and Gibraltar to learn about the Vincentian work being carried out there.
“God willing, we will be holding in-person annual assemblies in the coming years. We rely solely on vaccines and the reopening of borders by countries. These are new times, and we will have to get used to the new normal, always complying with the legal requirements,” stated President Lima de Oliveira.
We kindly request our fellow members worldwide to pray for the success of the 2021 plenary meeting in Madrid, and to join in the debates and decisions to be made there. May God bless us!