It was a packed four days in Kansas City. Close to 200 people participated in the various prayer services, discussions, and celebrations during the 2019 Kansas City Province Assembly.
During our opening prayer service, we remembered those in our community who have passed from this world. Of special remembrance were three former provincial directors who died during this past year: Fr. Tom Albers, Fr. Jim Schrader, and Fr. Jim Sloan. We welcomed six new Companions and celebrated the renewals of 15 current Companions during the Tuesday night liturgy. On Wednesday evening, we celebrated with eight members who marked their jubilarian anniversaries.
Tuesday morning, the community voted to move forward with the proposal for the New Creation of a single province with the Cincinnati Province. The Cincinnati Province will hold a similar vote at their assembly later this May.
The main business of this year’s assembly was the election of a Provincial Council. Fr. Garry Richmeier was elected the new provincial director. Fr. David Matz was elected the vice-provincial director/first counselor. Br. Daryl Charron, Fr. Timothy Armbruster, and Fr. Keith Branson were elected the second, third, and fourth counselors, respectively.
Fr. Ron Will was elected to be the delegate to the General Assembly. The General Assembly will be held in Poland in September. Provincial Director-elect Fr. Garry Richmeier will also attend the General Assembly. They will be joined by delegates from all the Precious Blood communities around the world.
We were able to post many photographs and videos to our Facebook (@CPPSKC) and Twitter (@CPPSKansasCity) pages. Please be sure to visit and like those pages!