Fr. Joseph Agostino CM, head of the General Assembly Preparation Committee invites to watch the short video presenting the logo of the Assembly taking place at DePaul University in Chicago in 2016
The video was produced by Mr. Arturo Asensio Moruno from Spain, author of the logo design. He is also created the beautiful images which the video contains. The Committee thanks him for all that he has done on their behalf. And they thank Fr. Joaquin Gonzalez Hernando CM for his assistance with this project, too. Arturo Asencio has developed a video with regard to the logo, a video that creates, visually and symbolically, an environment for this important event.
Fr. Celestino Fernández CM from the Province of Madrid explains in the CMGlobal.org post the meaning of the logo and the video:
“The video begins with the presentation of an original symbol: the famous sculpture of the Indo-British artist, Anish Kapoor, popularly known as “The Bean” because of its likeness to that vegetable (the proper name of that work is art is “The Cloud Gate”. This sculpture is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza at the Millennium Park in Chicago (the United States). The video begins with this symbol because it is there in Chicago that the General Assembly of the Congregation of the Mission is to be held.
The video then examines the hand that holds the flame of evangelization with a sphere of the world and the face of Vincent de Paul … the hand appears to turn this sphere around as though in search for a relentless, pressing and growing interrelationship.
The video also wants to present the steps, the urgency, and the haste that is needed in bringing good news to the poor. At the same time we see a series of phrases in English, French and Spanish … phrases that remind us of the date, the venue, and the theme of General Assembly and also remind us of the anniversary that will take place in in 2017, namely, the 400th anniversary of the Vincentian charism.
The artist wanted to depict the feet of the evangelizer which ought to be in constant motion … thus giving life to the words of Saint Vincent when he stated, we are to run to the spiritual needs of our neighbor as if we were running to a fire (CCD:XI:25) and also giving life to Pope Francis’ words when he calls us to be a Church that goes forth, a missionary Church (Evangelii Gaudium, #20)
The last part of the video is something like the grand finale of a great performance. From the midst of the logo for the General Assembly emerges the figure of Vincent de Paul, which seems to become enlarged as if he were attempting to get closer and closer to this present time and to this present world of ours. This is a presentation of the figure of St. Vincent de Paul holding the Gospel in his hand (a painting that was done by Arturo Asensio and that is displaying in the common room of the Provincial House of Madrid). This figure is accompanied by some phrases alluding to the theme of the urgency of evangelization, and driven by music that becomes quieter as the image of Vincent becomes larger. These contrasts should become obvious to the eye of the beholder.
The final image of the video is charged with great symbolic meaning: a close-up of the face of Vicente de Paul who is gazing at us intently … questioning us and inviting us. In summary, the video is very well done technically and very symbolic and suggestive artistically. The best way to appreciate what is being said is for each one to view this video carefully … and so we leave you with this material to view, to contemplate, to reflect on and to draw your own conclusions.”
Go to learn more about the Logo: 2016 General Assembly Logo Unveiled