Comunicato Tempo Forte

Communique from the General Definitory – Tempo Forte of May 2018

The May 2018 Tempo Forte began on Monday 7th, and took place at the General Curia. On the first day, each of the friars of the Definitory spoke about the activities and experiences in which they had been involved during the period since the March Tempo Forte. Highlights were the meeting of the General Definitory with the Conference of Ministers Provincial in Italy and Albania (COMPI), as well as the fraternal visits to Pakistan and India undertaken by the Minister General and Br. Greg Redoblado.

The following Visitators General were elected during this Tempo Forte

  • Br. Agostino ESPOSITO, for the Province of St. Anthony, Northern Italy;
  • Br. Jesús AGUIRRE GARZA, for the Province of St. Francis, East Africa & Madagascar;
  • Br. Paul OH, for the Province of Our Lady Queen of China, Taiwan;
  • Br. Franz-Jospeh KRÖGER, for the Province of the Holy Martyrs of Gorcom, the Netherlands;
  • Br. Sabino IANNUZZI, for the Province of the Assumption BVM, Italy (Lecce);
  • Br. Darko TEPERT, for the Province of the Holy Redeemer, Croatia (Split);
  • Br. Mijo DŽOLAN, for the Province of the Assumption BVM, Bosnia-Herzegovina;
  • Br. Emilio ROCHA GRANDE, for the Province of Santiago de Compostela, Spain;
  • Br. Andrea STEFANI, for the Province of the Seven Holy Martyrs of Calabria, Italy.


The former Minister Provincial of the Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Central America and Panama), Br. Saul Orlando FLORES INTERIANO, was elected Guardian of the Santa Maria Mediatrice General Curia fraternity. Br. Saul will take up his responsibilities after the Summer. We wish him every blessing as he undertakes this ministry, and we take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to Br. Sandro OVEREND RIGILLO for his work over the last triennium.

 The final report on the canonical visitation of the Province of St. Anthony, Brazil, was presented and changes to the Special Statutes of the fraternity at the International College of St. Anthony, Rome, were ratified.

Some extra-capitular elections of Guardians were ratified, as were the Councilors of the Custody of St. Anthony of Padua, the Philippines.

A number of Ratio Formationis and Ratio Studiorum documents were studied and approved. These came from the Custody of St. Clare, Mozambique; the Province of the Holy Faith, Bogota, Colombia; and the Province of the Immaculate Conception, Madrid, Spain.

On the morning of Thursday, May 10th, the Secretaries and Directors of the Secretariats and Offices of the General Curia presented detailed updates and reports on the numerous important projects that they have been involved with in recent months, as well as those in the planning stage. 

As always, it was with sadness and regret that the following cases were examined:

  • dismissal from the Order (4);
  • ipso facto dismissal from the Order (1);
  • dispensation celibacy and from the obligations of the clerical state (8);
  • secularisation ad experimentum (2);
  • dispensation from Solemn Vows (1); 
  • exclaustration for three years (1);
  • exclaustration for one year (1);
  • dispensation from Simple Vows (1).


A couple of days were spent analyzing the rich and well-considered reports to the Plenary Council of the Order that will take place next month in Nairobi, Kenya. These reports were submitted by the Council Members who will attend the PCO and were drawn up following a process of research and consultation at the Conference level regarding the most important issues facing society, the Church, and young people, — as well as the friars’ responses to these issues. Br. Manuel CORULLÓN FERNÁNDEZ also joined the Definitory in a video conference dealing with details of the final preparations for the 2018 PCO.

The General Definitory also heard updates on how preparations for the Fifth OFM Chapter of Mats for Under 10s that will take place in Taizé (France) in July, 2019 are progressing. The preparatory phase involves all of the Under 10 friars in all of the Order’s Entities. Details can be found on the website:,i,7.html

At two of its sessions, the General Definitory discussed the Inter-Franciscan Fraternity at Emmaus-El Qubeibeh, in the Holy Land. This project, which involves Friars Minor and OFM Conventuals living and working together, will shortly be fully established, but it has already been in operation for a few months.

Submissions drawn up at the conclusion of the meeting of the Liturgical Commission of the Order were examined, in particular the revision of the Liturgical Calendar of the Order, which will be submitted to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican. 

Finally, the General Definitory considered the situation of a number of friars who serve in the various houses dependent on the Minister General and who, for various reasons and obligations, have asked to be replaced. Our personnel needs are a challenge; whether they be these, or those arising from requests made by various Entities of the Order, or those coming from leaders of local Churches around the world.

The next Tempo Forte begins on July 16th, 2018. In the meantime, we invite you and warmly encourage you to share in what will be happening at the Plenary Council of the Order being held in Nairobi from June 12th onward.

PCO updates and news are available on this link:

To the praise of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of the Poverello of Assisi. Amen! 

Rome, May 24th, 2018

Br. Giovanni Rinaldi, OFM
Secretary General