Today we addressed the important but difficult topic of finances. After presenting the financial state of the Society, Fr. Scott Wallenfelsz, General Treasurer, presented the two-year budget plan that was unanimously approved.
In addition, Fr. Agustin Van Baelen, General Mission Secretary, and Dr. Arnout Mertens of SOFIA, raised the questions of how to sustain our Salvatorian mission throughout the world. This is a great challenge as we face diminishing funds from the units that have traditionally provided them and newer units struggling to be self-sufficient.
The afternoon was spent with our special guest, S. Catherine Brabander RNDM, who gave an enlightening presentation on how her congregation responded to this same issue. All in all it was an intense but significant day giving the Synod participants much to consider.