Press Release from the General Definitory of the Order of Friars Minor

The General Definitory of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), during its session on the 19th day of July 2019 held at the OFM General Curia, Rome, decided to have

the 2021 General Chapter of the Order

in Manila, Philippines

from the 1st to the 29th of May.

The General Definitory arrived at this decision after undergoing prayerful discernment and taking into account significant factors, including the provisions of articles 190 and 194 § 5 of the General Constitutions of the Order, the consultative voice of the Plenary Council of the Order held in Nairobi, Kenya last June 2018, and the recommendation of the presidents of the Conferences during its meeting at the General Curia, in Rome, from the 21st to 24th of May 2019.

Furthermore, the choice of the venue for the 2021 General Chapter is inspired by the celebration of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines with the Franciscans being one of the pioneering religious orders who carried out the mission of propagating the faith in the archipelago.