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Feast of St. Francis 2016 Letter

Posted on 29 Sep, 2016 in Letters, Minister General

Saint Francis: an attentive, welcoming, and accepting brother.

Dear brothers,
May the Lord give you peace!

As we celebrate the feast of Francis, our holy founder, father, and brother, we continue to feel drawn to him as a person, attracted by his message and how he lived it. Through his radical gospel life, his personal authenticity, and his courteous, fraternal connection with every being that surrounded him, St. Francis is an inspiration to humanity, evoking a deep bond of love and respect with the Church, with society and the whole of creation.

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US Franciscans’ Revitalization and Restructuring: Moving Forward – Together

Posted on 26 Sep, 2016 in news

Techny, Illinois, 22-25 August 2016. At a gathering of the administrations of the seven U.S. Provinces at Techny Towers, the friars affirmed the process of the revitalization and restructuring of Franciscan life in the United States. The overwhelming majority of participants confirmed their desire to move forward towards creating a new reality for our renewed Franciscan life in the United States together.

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Friars Minor of Brazil gathered in their Assembly

Posted on 23 Sep, 2016 in news

The Brazilian Conference of Provincial Ministers gathered in their Assembly from the 20th to 23rd of September in Campo Largo (Curitiba). Every three years the Conference meets with the Secretariats of Formation and Studies and those of Missions and Evangelization.

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Pope Francis in Assisi for World Day of Prayer for Peace

Posted on 21 Sep, 2016 in news

(Source: Vatican Radio)

Pope Francis told those present at the closing ceremony for the World Day of Prayer for Peace gathering in Assisi, Tuesday, “we have come to Assisi as pilgrims in search of peace.”  He said that, “God is calling us to confront the great sickness of our time: indifference”, adding we cannot remain indifferent. 

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ESC Hosts Inter-Franciscan Vocation Directors Mega-Conference

Posted on 21 Sep, 2016 in Album, news

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, USA – “Religious life ‘is not over’! It is only now beginning! Go out and announce this message of joy, hope, transfiguration and transformation!”

It was with these words of enthusiasm that Br. Michael Perry, OFM, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, encouraged friars participating in the 2016 Franciscan Mega-Conference for Vocations, titled “Lesser Brothers on a Vocation Journey of Mercy,” to renew their commitment to religious vocation and to share the joy it brings to a new generation. His message of hope and passion for the Gospel way of life, as exhibited by St. Francis and his brothers, was a welcome start to what has become an important event in the life of the English-speaking communities of the three branches of the Franciscan First Order (OFMs, Capuchins, and Conventuals), the Brothers of Brooklyn, and the Friars of the Renewal.

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EAC Ministers’ Meeting in Cebu

Posted on 20 Sep, 2016 in Album, news

The Provincial Ministers, Custodes, President and Secretaries of the East Asian Conference (EAC) gathered for their Annual Meeting in Cebu City, Philippines on 5-8 September 2016 with this year’s theme, “Moving to the Peripheries as Brothers and Lesser Ones.” 

The Minister General, Br. Michael Anthony Perry, in his message delivered by General Definitor Br. Lino Gregorio Redoblado, renewed his invitation for more friars to volunteer as missionaries to fourteen mission areas under the General Curia. About 60 friars are needed to volunteer to these new mission fields. He said that what is needed are “men of deep faith who are committed to living in fraternity and sharing life and mission together, men who are flexible, capable of learning new languages, willing to collaborate with fellow friars and also with the people of God, and open to learning and sharing new cultural and life experiences.” 

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Feast of the Stigmata 2016

Posted on 19 Sep, 2016 in Album, Homilies, Minister General, video

“… we find love and pain, which form the heart of Christian life: Francis has the lucidity and the courage to ask the Lord, because he knows that this is the narrow way that leads to true joy. Each of us, today, with Francis, repeat this prayer. ” The general Minister, Br. Michael Perry asked his listeners to make this commitment in the homily on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Stigmata of St. Francis at La Verna on September 17, 2016.

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The support and the presence of the Franciscan Friars in Syria

Posted on 16 Sep, 2016 in news

Since the beginning of the war in Syria, the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land have never left the country and are still present in several cities: Latakia, Damascus, Aleppo, and in some villages of the Orontes Valley. They help the local population without distinction, with particular attention to children and women. The brothers have created four reception centers, supported by the pro Terra Sancta, managing the purchasing of food, clothing and basic necessities.

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