03 Oct Honoring the Archangel Michael and Celebrating the Minister General’s Feast Day 2017
On September 29th, the Feast of the Archangels, the friars celebrated the Feast Day of the Minister General, Br. Michael A. Perry, OFM. The celebration began at 6:00pm in the General Curia with the Eucharist presided by the Minister General himself.
The friars of the General Curia participated with the other friars from the houses that are dependent on the Minister General in Rome. Among those in attendance were Fr. Gregory Polan OSB, Abbot Primate of the Benedictines, Fr. Marco Tasca, Minister General of the Conventual Franciscans, Fr. Mauro Jöhri, Minister General of the Capuchin Franciscans, Fr. Eligio Gelmini OFM, of Mondo X, and other Religious who are close to the Curia as well as friends of the Fraternity.
The homily was given by Definitor General, Br. Antonio Scabio, who reminded the congregation how important St. Michael was for St. Francis who in the Earlier Rule said that “every minister was to meet with his brothers every year on the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, to deal with things that concern God” and that “Blessed Michael must be more solemnly honored, because he has the task of presenting souls to God”.
Br. Antonio ended the homily by imploring the help and protection of St. Michael for the Minister General while expressing affection, esteem, obedience and gratitude to him on behalf of everyone.
The complete (Italian) text of the homily can be found here.