31 Aug Franciscan Centenary: an invitation to read the Guidelines
Attachment: Summary Sheet of the Guidelines
Rome, August 2022
Dear sisters and brothers of the Franciscan Family,
May the Lord give you peace!
We, the Committee of the Franciscan Family for the Franciscan Centenary, turn to you to continue the dialogue that our six Minister Generals began on 2 October last. They announced the Centenary and continued by issuing, at the beginning of May, the Guidelines entitled 2023-2026 A Centenary articulated and celebrated in several Centenaries.
As you know, it is a text translated into no less than ten languages, which presents an outline for the celebration of each of the stages of the Centenary: in 2023, the Rule and the Christmas of Greccio; in 2024, the Stigmata; in 2025 the Canticle of the Brother Sun, and in 2026 the Transitus or, perhaps better, the Passover of Francis. This text will be the fundamental aid for the celebration of the Centenary.
Those who have already tried to read these Guidelines have certainly grasped the richness of this proposal. We are now sending you a very brief tool (just two pages) to help you “enter” the Guidelines better and grasp the connection and articulation of the proposed themes at a glance. It is a sort of table showing, year by year, the various themes linked to each Centenary, showing their structure, articulated on four fundamental dimensions. It is a simple proposal that aims to offer a possible use of the guidelines and thus stimulate creativity.
In this way, we also want to invite you once again, if you have not already done so, to read the Guidelines, which you can find on the Order’s website OFM.ORG, in the “Documents” section (published on 2 May 2022).
It seems to us very important and meaningful that all of us, belonging to the one Franciscan Family, can retrace together, in the different countries and cultures of the world, the essential stages of the last years of the life of “our” Francis of Assisi.
Those responsible for the four sectors of Communication, Formation, Evangelisation and JPIC of the various Orders and Institutes of the Franciscan Family have also begun coordinating for the Centenary. Those responsible for Communication are already working on a single Centenary website for the Franciscan Family.
If at the end of these four years, we can say that we celebrated the centenaries together as a Franciscan Family, we would already have achieved a good result in terms of mutual acquaintance and, above all, communion.
May the Lord accompany us on this shared journey and allow us to experience the Centenary as an opportunity to decisively direct our gaze toward the future and charismatically strengthen our Franciscan identity.
The Franciscan Family Committee for the Franciscan Centenary.