A challenge for communication, understanding each other and defining common goals
Three official languages
For the first time, we are having a General Chapter in three languages: Spanish, English and German. Each Chapter member can use any one of these three languages to express his point of view or opinion. Several translators and a very good technical system assure the simultaneous translation of everything that is said in the Chapter Hall. On the other hand, the working groups are composed in a way that allow them to work in only one language. Chapter members are very thankful for the possibility of expressing themselves in their mother tongue or their first foreign language.
Many different cultures
But this is only the external side of the challenge. What we are seeking for, is that each country, each culture, each individual member of our Community can really be an active part of the life process of the General Chapter, and furthermore an active participant in the mission of our Community of Schoenstatt Fathers. The following video gives you some impressions on the atmosphere in our Generalate (the "Father House").