Comunicato Tempo Forte

Communique from the General Definitory – Tempo Forte of May 2020

The Tempo Forte took place from Monday 11 to Friday 22 May 2020, preceded by some extraordinary sessions. One of the main issues was the holding of the next General Chapter of the Order, scheduled for May 2021 in Manila, Philippines. As we have already announced, the General Definitory after several sessions of discernment, study and dialogue rescinded that decision with great regret due to the general uncertainty. Instead, a new process involving the Presidents of the Conferences, in weighing up and developing a new plan for the holding of the General Chapter will take place.

During this Tempo Forte, the Definitory met with the General Bursar, the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary General for Formation and Studies and the Director of the Development Office, to address various issues related to their areas of responsibility.

Several other issues were discussed, including the postponement of Provincial and Custodial Chapters scheduled for these months.

The acts of some of the elections that took place both within and outside Chapter were ratified and lists of candidates for the service of Minister Provincial for 7 Entities of the Order, as well as the office of Rector of the Pontifical Antonianum University, were approved.

Br Stefano INVERNIZZI was elected President of the St. Francis Foundation in Russia and will be assisted by Councillors Br Bernardin TURMAN and Br Julius BASZNIANIN.

Br Gustavo WAYAND MEDELLA, of the Province of the Immaculate Conception, in Brazil (São Paulo), was elected General Visitator for the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, in Brazil (Anápolis). Br Ivan SESAR, General Definitor, was elected General Delegate for the supervision of the construction project for the Shrine of St Anthony in Laç, Albania.

Several scholarships were awarded and renewed (26) for the friars residing at the “Blessed Gabriel M. Allegra” Fraternity, in Rome, who study at the PUA or other Roman pontifical academic institutes.

The Definitory evaluated the current situation and suppressed the “Cono Sur” Conference of Ministers Provincial in the session of 11 May: the three entities that composed it have become part of the Conference of the Ministers Provincial of Brazil (CMPB).

As always, several cases of departure from the Order were dealt with as follows, in addition to those examined in previous months:

  • Dispensation from temporary vows: 5
  • Dispensation from solemn vows: 8
  • Dispensation from obligations deriving from priestly ordination: 7
  • Dismissal from the Order: 4


It was decided to bring forward the ordinary session of the next Tempo Forte in July and reduce it to a single week. It will now take place from 6 to 10 July 2020.

To the praise of Christ and the Poverello of Assisi. Amen!


Rome, 27 May 2020


Br. Giovanni Rinaldi, OFM
Secretary General