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Exchange of Greetings in the Fraternity of the OFM Curia

Posted on 20 Dec, 2014 in General Curia

At the end of the “Meetings” of the General Definitory and before the Christmas holiday season, the Friars of the Fraternity of the OFM Curia gathered in church for the solemn celebration of Vespers, presided over by the Minister General. It was followed by a dinner party in the refectory, which was “enhanced” with singing, games, and the exchange of gifts and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

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(Español) Navidad en la Fraternidad del P. Allegra en Roma

Posted on 20 Dec, 2014 in Formation, Minister General

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400 years of Franciscan presence in North America

Posted on 20 Dec, 2014 in Communications

Montreal, December 9, 2014 – June 24, 1615: on that day, Denys Jamet and Joseph Le Caron, two of the four Recollects that had accompanied Samuel de Champlain in his journey to New France, celebrated the first Mass on Montreal Island in recorded memory. This event marked what is considered to be the beginning of the Catholic church, religious life and Franciscan tradition in North America.

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Il general Minister at the CISA

Posted on 19 Dec, 2014 in Minister General

After having been to the Collegio of Sant’Isidoro, on the 15th, the general Minister, Friar Michael A. Perry, continued his visitation of the Houses dependent on him in Rome. On the 16th of December, 2014 he went over to the Community of the CISA (Antonianum) to extend his Christmas greetings. The Minister presided over Vespers, thus initiating the Novena in preparation of Christmas.

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A Letter to all of the Friars of the Order

Posted on 17 Dec, 2014 in Letters, Minister General

My dear brothers, may the Lord give you peace!

In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul writes: For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light” (Eph. 5, 8-15).

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Christmas Letter of the Minister General 2014

Posted on 16 Dec, 2014 in Letters, Minister General

My dear Brothers of the Order, As we begin our celebration of the Lord’s Nativity, my prayer for you is this: May the Lord give you peace: peace in your country, especially if torn by violence; peace in your neighborhood, particularly if it is experiencing hardship; peace in your fraternities, above all in those whose brothers are suffering in body or spirit; peace in your hearts, wherever you may be at this Holy Season.

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Fr. Samson Shukardin, OFM, New Bishop

Posted on 16 Dec, 2014 in Communications

The Holy Father has appointed Fr. Samson Shukardin, O.F.M., as bishop of Hyderabad (area 137,386, population 22,309,840, Catholics 47,242, priests 30, religious 89), Pakistan. The bishop-elect was born in Hyderabad, Pakistan in 1961, gave his solemn vows in 1991 and was ordained a priest in 1993. He holds a diploma in theology from the National Catholic Institute of Theology in Karachi and a licentiate in civil law from the Sindh Law College,

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Visits by the General Minister With The GD to Calabria

Posted on 16 Dec, 2014 in Minister General

Monday 1 December, on the occasion of the opening of a new Community in the city of Lamezia Terme, the general Minister, friar Michael A. Perry, made a brief visit to the Province of the seven martyrs in Calabria, accompanied by the general Definitor, friar Vincenzo Brocanelli.

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Visits by the General Minister With The GD to Albania

Posted on 6 Dec, 2014 in Minister General

On the 3rd and 4th of December, the general Minister, friar Michael A. Perry, accompanied by the general Definitor of that area, friar Vincenzo Brocanelli, went to Albania to meet with the friars of the Province of the Annunciation to the B.V.M. The visit was motivated by the recent events lived by this Province, which have caused the general Definitorium to make some very important decisions.

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Opening the Year of Consecrated Life

Posted on 2 Dec, 2014 in Communications, video

The year dedicated to Consecrated Life desired by Pope Francis, began with a prayer vigil the evening of 29 November, 2014 and with a celebration of the Eucharist at St. Peter’s Basilica, the morning of 30 November, the Frist Sunday of Advent. Both events were organized by the CIVCSVA.

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