Comunicato Tempo Forte

Communique from the General Definitory – Tempo Forte of November 2019

Due to the meeting of the General Definitory with the General Visitors, the opening of the working sessions was brought forward to Friday, 8 November. Since the Minister General was still absent, the Vicar General, Br. Julio César BUNADER, presided over the meetings.

The first session was entirely devoted to sharing on the activity carried out by the members of the General Definitory in the weeks after the Tempo Forte in September.

During the following sessions, some issues related to the personnel of the Houses of Rome dependent on the General Minister (General Curia, International College of St. Anthony and College of Lateran Penitentiaries) were discussed.

Br. Estevão OTTENBREIT was elected Visitator General to the Fraternity of the College of Penitentiaries of the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.

Several dossiers were dealt with from the General Procurator’s Office, including the following requests for:

  • information on accusations concerning graviora delicta (2);
  • information re friars in more uxorio relationships (2);
  • dispensation from the obligations deriving from the clerical state and solemn vows (3);
  • secularisation pure et simpliciter (2);
  • dispensation from solemn vows (3)
  • dispensation from temporary vows (1).


The candidates for service as Minister Provincial for the Province of St. Francis of Assisi in Vietnam were approved.

The Acts of the elections that took place were ratified:

  • in the Chapter of the Province of St. Francis in Brazil (Porto Alegre);
  • in the “intermediate” chapters (election of Definitors) of the Provinces of St. Francis in Quito (Ecuador), St. Philip of Jesus (Mexico) and St. Francis Solanus (Argentina);
  • in the Capitular Congresses of 6 Provinces and 1 Custody;
  • extra-capitular: 10 Guardians in four different entities.


Eight Reports presented by the Visitators General at the end of their service were analysed and discussed; so too was the Report on the situation of the two Apostolic Vicariates of Libya, entrusted to the care of the Minister General.

The General Definitory met with Br. John PUODZIUNAS, General Treasurer, who presented the 2020 Budget for the Houses and Entities that are headed by the General Curia; other economic and financial issues were also discussed.

The General Secretariat for Formation and Studies, represented by Br. Cesare VAIANI and Br. Siniša BALJIĆ, shared with the Definitory the activities carried out and presented the outlook on some projects and proposals.

Br. Witosław J. STYK, head of the organising committee of the Chapter of Mats of the Friars Under 10, held from 7 to 14 July 2019 in Taizé, France, shared an evaluation of the event with the Definitory. In general, it was much appreciated by the participants, despite some logistical difficulties that emerged during  the Chapter.

In addition, the General Definitory examined the Evaluation Report of the first ongoing formation course organized by the Inter-obediential Fraternity of Emmaus-Qubeibe (Holy Land) in October of this year, which was attended by eight Brothers (6 OFMConv and 2 OFM), who were very satisfied with the experience.

On 15 and 16 November, the Chapter of Mats of the Friars Living in the Houses of Rome Dependent on the Minister General took place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Divino Amore in Rome. About sixty Friars took part in this event, including the members of the General Definitory.

From 18 to 22 November, the General Definitory met with twenty General Visitators at the General Curia who are engaged in the Canonical Visitation of twenty entities preparing to celebrate their Chapter.

The next Tempo Forte will take place from 12 to 18 December and will be primarily a fraternal occasion to review the annual work of the General Definitory.

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


Rome, 27 November 2019


Br. Giovanni Rinaldi, OFM
Secretary General