Thanks for all the wishes for safe travels! We arrived safely in Rome after just barely making the connecting flight in Amsterdam. Half of our baggage didn't make the connection, but the airline delivered it later.
The meeting is an international meeting of the treasurers of the various provinces and delegations of the Daughters of St. Paul. It's only the second time in our history that we've had such a meeting, and the purpose is to help establish some general guidelines for administration and help the treasurers in their work.
This morning a Barnabite priest, Fr Franco Ciccimarra, spoke on what the Church teaches about the use of temporal goods. He spoke about how religious congregations have to give a real witness of poverty and live by the Church's social teaching. This has many applications in the work we do, our relations with employees, etc.
The meeting is being held at Ariccia, where our Founder, Bl. James, established a retreat house. It's a beautiful location on Lake Albano. You can see Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence, in the distance on the other side of the large lake.