The Minister General meets the new Ministers Provincial and Custodes

“The wisdom of the Spirit enlarges our boundaries and helps us to look at the broader horizon”: these are the words with which the Minister General, Br Massimo Fusarelli, opened the annual meeting between the Definitory and the Provincial Ministers and Custodes, elected in the last two years. “This requires the development in us, personally and with our brothers, of a contemplative look at reality, not just a functional and almost managerial one. It is a matter of exercising that believing vigilance at the heart of the Christian faith and our profession as brothers and minors”.

Starting from the problems and challenges that the Order faces today, the Minister invited the participants to have a vision of faith: “Here, in our lives and in the service of washing the feet of the brothers, we can discover the source of joy in becoming more and more capable of recognising what the Lord has accomplished among us, in the brothers and our Fraternities at different levels.

The Minister’s address was followed by a moment of questions and dialogue. In this dialogue, the restructuring of the Order, the growth and ageing of some provinces and the position of some entities concerning the challenges that today’s society presents to the Church were discussed.

The first day of work ended with the Eucharist for the name-day of the Minister General, presided over by Br Ignacio Ceja, Vicar General of the Order. During his homily, the Vicar General emphasised three important aspects of the lives of the apostles Peter and Paul, which are of great help to the new ministers: the deep faith in the Lord Jesus, the life experience of being part of the Church and the dynamism of the evangelising mission.

In the following days, all areas of service of the friars will be explored, from ongoing and missionary formation to the offices of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, from the financial management of the fraternities to the accompaniment of friars in difficulty. A spiritual day with a pilgrimage in the Rieti valley is also planned for next Saturday.


Participants in this meeting:


Br Ángel Gabino GUTIÉRREZ MARTÍNEZ  – Mexico – SS. Francis and James

Br Anthony CHIRCOP – Malta

Br Carlos Antonio DA SILVA SANTOS – Brazil – Holy Name of Jeses

Br Carlos PAZ  – Most Holy Trinity, CHILE

Br Christoph-Maria Hörtner – Custody of Switzerland

Br Evaldas Darulis – Prov. Saint Casimi, LITHUANIA

Br Fernando Aparecido DOS SANTOS – BRAZIL – Sacred Heart Custody

Br Francesco PILONI  – Assisi

Br Friedrich WENIGWIESER – Austria & Italy – St Leopold Province



Br Joel COSME TORRES (Mexico – Holy Gospel Province)

Br José Alirio URBINA RODRÍGUEZ – Colombia – Santa Fe

Br Joseph (Joseph Sang-uk) KIM – Holy Martyrs of Korea

Br Lino Gregorio REDOBLADO – Prov. San Pedro Bautista – PHILIPPINES

Br Livio CRISCI – Tuscany

Br Luciano DE GIUSTI (Lazio-Abruzzo)

Br Luis Enrique SALDAÑA – Central America & Paname – N.D. de Guadalupe

Br Milan KRIŠTO Croatia – SS. Cyrilli et Methodii

Br Pierre Charland – Holy Spirit in Canada

Br Paulo Roberto PEREIRA – Brazil, Immmaculate Conception

Br Rogério VITERBO DE SOUSA – Brazil – Custody Our Laday of 7 Joys

Br Ronald WALTERS (N.S. Guadalupe – USA)

Br Simone GIAMPIERI – Marche

Br Stéphane DELAVELLE – Custody of Holy Martyrs of MAROCCO

Br Tomislav ŠANKO – Saint Jerome – ZADAR