Franciscan Mission in Cuba: Three Months ‘Come and See’

Three friars, from Guatemala, Mexico/USA and Ireland/Central America, members of the International Mission in Cuba have completed one year and a half in November of this year, just as four new friars arrived. They are from Bosnia, Egypt, USA and Brazil.  Internationality is also strongly reflected in the one hundred and twenty other religious congregations working here. The objective of the three months is to provide a space to see and discern, before making a definitive decision to opt for Cuba.  The programme includes theoretical content, pastoral experiences both in the city and countryside and personal accompaniment.

Friars are studying a variety of themes, including the history of Cuba and of the Church here; religious syncretism (especially the influence of African religions); political, economic and social realities; Christianity in a Marxist environment, the history of religious life, as well as the present reality and many other themes.

They will also spend a month living and working in the east and the centre of the country. They will be hosted by two dioceses – Bayamo and Ciego de Avila – which have been identified as places very much in need of missionary support. Both dioceses had significant OFM presences in the past. It is hoped that our presence will extend once again outside of the capital.

Based on experiences, a one-page series of criteria has been developed, to help friars and their provincials discern missionary vocations for Cuba. If anyone is interested, please contact the mission office in Rome, or the friars in Cuba at gfoconaireofm@gmail.com