The Kingdom of God is Near: Guidelines for Franciscan Missionary Evangelisation

Dear brothers,

We present this document as a “guide” for living and proclaiming the Gospel in today’s world. The General Chapter of 2015 asked the General Secretariat for Missions and Evangelisation to “draw up guidelines in preparation for mission, valid for the whole Order”. We addressed many realities and complexities to respond to this question.

Jesus’ mandate “Go therefore and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20) touches the heart of our charism. The rapidly changing realities of the world challenge us to understand that the Lord’s call is to build up His Kingdom as leaders in the evangelisation and care of “sister Mother Earth”.

We thank the Lord, who has given us evangelising missionary brothers throughout the history of our Order. Many of them, being faithful witnesses of the presence of the Risen One with his people and the victory of life over death, spent their lives evangelising. Almost all of them died out like the candlelight that consumes the candle over time, illuminates the environment, remains a symbol of the presence of the true Light and then extinguishes when the mission is accomplished.

We want to thank those who have collaborated to build this text, both with ideas, suggestions and reflections and with revision, correction and translation.

We want to animate all the brothers to read the signs of the times, to reread the Gospel, and to rediscover the way we live our charism today. We want them to implement this charism as a contemplative fraternity in evangelising mission. To help them dare to be leaders and to make a difference with an updated and effective evangelisation.

 

General Secretariat for the Missions and Evangelisation

 

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