Letter from the OFM Vicar General | Update on the Accident of the Minister General

Dear Brothers,

In the name of the Lord, I wish you peace and joy!

It is a week since our Minister General, Br. Michael A. Perry, OFM, had his accident and I now write to you, to the Franciscan Family, to all our friends, and to all who work with us in our mission to let you know that Br. Michael’s surgery has gone well. Br. Michael is doing fine, thanks be to God; he is recovering from the trauma associated with the accident, and is in good spirits as he begins his rehabilitation treatment.

Br. Michael asked me to let you know that he will need to withdraw from all activities for a considerable period. During that time he will devote himself to praying for all those who are in need of prayer, particularly for the friars who are facing suffering, illness, and uncertainty at present. Br. Michael also asks us to pray for him, praying that the Lord may continue to be at his side, granting him the strength and patience to cope with his rehabilitation. This treatment is currently taking place at The Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, 355 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611. 

I take this opportunity to inform you that during the period of time in which I assume the ordinary vicarious power of government of the Order (GGCC 200 §1), I commit myself to do so entrusting myself to the help of the Lord and of my brothers — especially the General Definitory — so that as a fraternity we may continue to follow Our Lord Jesus Christ and, through the action of the Holy Spirit, to live the Gospel in the Church according to the form observed and proposed by St. Francis of Assisi (cf. GGCC 1 § 1). In order to carry out this service in the best way possible, I will be careful to keep the Minister General informed and will seek to act according to his mind and will (GGSS 148 § 3). 

Let us remain united in prayer to the Most Holy Trinity and to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Francis, and St. Clare.

With fraternal good wishes,

Rome, 25th August 2019 

Br. Julio César Bunader, OFM
Vicar General