Comunicato Tempo Forte

Communique from the General Definitory – Tempo Forte of September 2018

The September Tempo Forte of the General Definitory began at 09:00 on the 10th of the month. The Minister General, Vicar General, and each of the General Definitors spoke about the activities in which they had been engaged since the the conclusion of the previous Tempo Forte (July 16th to 27th, 2018).

That same day, the Visitator General for the General Curia Fraternity, Br. Hugh McKenna, presented his Visitation Report to the General Definitory. The report contains recommendations for improvements in the quality of the fraternity’s life of prayer and service, as well as addressing the Curia offices’ activities for the good of the entire Order.

Working sessions were spent discussing the final document of the 2018 PCO (which is in its final phase and is being translated into the official languages ​​of the Order), and the General Definitory’s letter for the Solemnity of our Seraphic Father, Saint Francis.

At 11.30 on Thursday, September 13th, Brs. Michael and Julio César went to the General Chapter of the Capuchin Friars Minor and officially greeted the new Minister General, Br. Roberto Genuin, OFMCap.

On Friday September 14th, the Definitory was warmly welcomed by the Fraternity of San Sebastiano alle Catacombe (Rome), where, with the professional assistance of Br. Matteo Giuliani, they engaged in an evaluation of the fraternal life and mission of the General Definitory during the three years since the last General Chapter. During next December’s Tempo Forte the General Definitory will devote an additional two days to devising further improved ways of working.

On Sunday 16th and Monday 17th of September, the Minister General and members of the Definitory went to the Sanctuary of La Verna for the celebration of the Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis. On Tuesday 18th, Br. Michael, Minister General, accompanied by Br. Antonio Scabio, Definitor General, participated in the Chapter of Mats that saw three Italian Provinces gather together in Baronissi (Salerno).

During this Tempo Forte, the General Definitory elected the following General Visitators:

  • Br. Sérgio MOURA RODRIGUES, for the Province of St. Francis, Brazil;
  • Br. Stephen O’KANE, for the Holy Name Province, New York, U.S.;


Br. Silvio Rogelio de la Fuente was appointed as Local Bursar, and Br. Angelo Flores Guerrero as Local Assistant Bursar, of the Fraternity at St. Anthony’s International College, Rome.

Br. Juan Isidro Aldana Maldonado was elected Vicar of the Santa Maria Mediatrice General Curia Fraternity, with Brs. Cesare Vaiani, Rufino Lim, and Marco Mendoza Martínez named as members of the Discretorium. They will cooperate with with the recently elected Guardian, Br. Saúl Orlando Flores Interiano, and with Br. Tiberiusz Maka, Local Bursar.

Br. John Puodziunas, General Treasurer, attended a session during which a variety of financial issues were discussed.

Following advice from experts in the field, who have been studying the matter for some time, an exploratory structure has been developed that will lead to the establishment of a Foundation for the collection and distribution of funds for the various Missionary and Formation projects of several of the Order’s Entities.

Extra-Capitular elections of some Guardians in a few Entities of the Order were ratified.

The Report of Br. Paul Smith, Delegate of the Minister General for the Custody of St. Francis of Assisi in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands was tabled and discussed.

With the sense of sadness that always characterizes such cases, the following were examined during the Tempo Forte:

  • Ipso facto dismissal from the Order (4);
  • Dispensation from celibacy and from the obligations of the clerical state(3);
  • secularisation pure et simpliciter(1);
  • exclaustration for three years(7);


Some obediences to return home from missionary projects dependent on the Minister General were granted, as were some obediences to take part in other projects.

The September 2018 Tempo Forte ended following the morning session of Friday 21st. The General Definitory will meet for the next Tempo Forte beginning on Monday November 5th 2018, and during the second week of Tempo Forte (November 12th to 16th), the Minister General  and Definitory will meet with the 22 General Visitators appointed during 2018.

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


Rome, September 26th, 2018

Br. Giovanni Rinaldi, OFM
Secretary General