All this week I have been away--here, actually--at our Provincial Chapter, a meeting we have every three years of all the friars of my jurisdiction of the Order. The new General Minister of the Order is here with us, presiding through an interpreter.
Today, after a few days of meetings and many public and secret conversations, it's time for elections. This morning--and afternoon, if necessary--we will elect a new Provincial Minister to lead our Province, and a partly new council of definitors to assist him.
This is my third Chapter, but it's the first time that I have the right to vote. Only those brothers who have made perpetual religious profession can vote.