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werd als volgt verwoord in een officieel schrijven van de provinciaal aan pater generaal:
Very Rev. Gendrot, SG, SMM Viale dei Monfortani 41 Roma, Italy
Dear Father General:
I wish to communicate to you the results of our Provincial Chapter hold at Bay Shore, N.Y, August 6-9, 1973 for immediate consideration regarding the commitment of the American Province to the Diocese of Sintang, Indonesia.
In view of our situation, it was decided that the American commitment should be terminated in view of undertaking a missionary enterprise which accords more realistically with our capacity for furnishing personnel.
In 1959 an agreement was entered into between the Province of the Netherlands and the American Province, transfering to the American Province the responsibility toward the then Vicariate Apostolic of Sintang, entrusted by the Generalate of the Company of Mary to the Province of the Netherlands. One of the principal reasons for the transfer was the political situation in Indonesia which prevented the Province of the Netherlands from providing additional personnel.
After 15 years, the situation has again substantially changed: the American Province finds itself unable to meet the needs of the Diocese of Sintang.
Since the original responsibility toward the mission territories devolves upon the Congregation which entrusts individual Provinces with the respon- sibility of aiding said territories, we address this request to you: that the American Province be relieved of this responsibility as soon as feasible. We suggest that another Montfortian Province be offered the possibility of working in Sintang Province; failing that, another religious congregation or society should assume the responsibility which exceeds our capacity.
With filial best wishes and an assurance of a union in prayer,
In Christ, Mary & Montfort
Eugène M. Lynch, S.M.M, Provincial
Dit kapittelbesluit van de Amerikaanse provincie lag in de verwachting, vandaar dat er geen afwijzende reacties kwamen. Pater generaal Gendrot, die de situatie op Borneo kende, reageerde met onmiddellijk de Nederlandse provincie te vragen de taak van Amerika over te nemen. Pater provinciaal Huub Somers reageerde positief en liet weten dat Nederland
August 10,1973

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