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The Federal Council 2018 took place in Laski, near Warsaw, on October 5th, 6th and 7th.
On Friday afternoon, a delegation of the Federal Council was welcomed by Undersecretary of State, Mr. Wojciech Kolarski, in the Palace of the President of the Republic of Poland in Warsaw.
The Federal Council meeting itself took place in the Centre for blind children in Laski, managed by Franciscan sisters since the beginning of the 20th Century. On Friday evening, the meeting started with a holy mass and an adoration in the Centre’s chapel. The participants were impressed by the chapel’s entirely wooden interior that not only breathed Franciscan simplicity, but also reminded of a true scout life in tents and nature.
On Saturday morning, the Federal Council unanimously welcomed the Belarus association as a full member association of the UIGSE-FSE.
The outgoing Federal Bureau gave a report over the work of the last years. Martin Hafner (Federal Commissioner) Nicoletta Orzes (Federal Chairman) and Tomas Szydło (Federal Vice Chairman) expressed their gratitude for their service and the good cooperation with the Federal Council during their 6 years mandate. They got standing ovations by the Federal Council, grateful for the work and support received during the last years.
On Sunday, a new Federal Bureau was elected.
On Sunday and Monday, a delegation of the Federal Council went to a short pilgrimage to Czestochowa, where the participants renewed the Consecration of the Union to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.