Day of Pentecost
The prime purpose of the General Chapter is to give expression to and promote the bond of charity, the unity and the charismatic vitality of the entire Order. It is also to be a fraternal dialogue and a pastoral colloquium in which there is to be communication concerning the experiences and contemporary questions of religious life and the apostolates of our communities. It is to be a reflection of the manner in which the Order must respond to the needs of the modern Church and world. It is also to concern itself with the ways and means of affording solutions for the difficulties of the communities of the Order. It is to be the forum of review and watchfulness concerning the fidelity with which the houses and canonries manifest the charism of the Order. To this end the General Chapter, as the supreme authority in the Order, establishes laws and suitable norms, and shall be sometimes a fraternal, sometimes a judicial forum, in rooting out those obstacles, whether in persons or communities, which obstruct the development of "communio". It may reserve to itself those matters of importance which it considers as proper to itself as the sole supreme authority in the Order.