“Generalissimo” Chapter of the Franciscan Friars in Umbria: 29 May – 2 June

The two important anniversaries in Franciscan history that are coming up, the 800th anniversary of the “Pardon of Assisi” – which we are presently celebrating and which will close on August 2 of this year, and the Fifth Centenary of the Bull of Pope Leo X Ite vos of 1517, also called Bolla unionis but which instead produced our separation, gave further impetus to the desire to walk together and grow in our common vocation and mission.

In 2015 – the year dedicated to consecrated life – the friars in Umbria began a journey of four years that proposed to the friars the first step of memory, to highlight and better understand the meanings of events, even conflicting events. But above all to arrive in 2016 – Jubilee year of forgiveness – to a mutual request for forgiveness and joyful welcome in mercy. The event celebrated with all General Ministers last July 11, commemorating 500 years of the publication of brief Romanum Pontificem (July 11, 1517) was a concrete manifestation of reconciliation and testimony of brotherly love.

This year the journey continues with a sort of “Synod” of the Franciscan Families. From May 29 to June 2, 2017, there will be a “Generalissimo” Chapter to symbolically fulfill, 500 years from Ite vos, the convocation of the chapter – never celebrated – contained in the 1517 letter of Pope Leo X.

Representatives of the Franciscan Friars of Umbria (Minors, Conventuals, Capuchins and TOR) will participate at the event, an experience of brotherly communion aimed at growth in creative fidelity to the charism that the Lord has given to the Church through Francis of Assisi, and combined with increased common witness to the Gospel in today’s world. The program involves talks including those of the Bishops of the Dioceses of Umbria and the important participation of the Ministers General of each of the four orders.


Colle Cappuccini, 10 – Foligno (PG)
Tel. +39 0742 350262
Email: avallone.alfredo@libero.it


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