Echoes from the 2015 General Chapter

June 21st — with just a week of the PCO left, today saw the process of discernment continue, enriched by a review of the Mandates of the last General Chapter.

The 2015 General Chapter of the Friars Minor took place at the “Basilica of the Portiuncula” in the beautiful city of Assisi, Italy — where Saint Francis was born, raised, and reborn to eternal life. From May 10th to June 6th of that year, friars from all over the world discussed and celebrated Franciscan identity and produced a final document with decisions and mandates.

Vicar General, Br. Julio Bunader ofm, made a presentation on these mandates and detailed the efforts undertaken by the General Definitory over the last three years. He made particular mention of advances made in the following areas: guidelines on Franciscan life, mission, formation, JPIC, and the contemplative dimension of the friars’ lives; living vowed poverty more authentically through ensuring proper financial administration and accountability; fostering a closer relationship between the entities of the Order.

Br. Julio remarked that “the decisions and mandates of the 2015 Chapter are still relevant today and they need to be fully implemented in the daily life and service of the Provinces, fraternities, and every individual friar.”

Hope, enthusiasm, brotherhood, and continued deep reflection on the Franciscan charism were evident in how the Council Members engaged in today’s sessions. During the afternoon they made a short trip to visit the large Formation house in Langata, Nairobi, where a para-liturgy with a JPIC theme was celebrated. The joy and vitality of the young friars of the hosting Province of St. Francis (East Africa), and those from other entities, lifted the hearts of those who were privileged to be part of the fraternal gathering.