Visit of the General Minister and Definitor in Ecuador

From 4th to 11th June

12 June 2024

From 4th to 11th of June Br. Massimo Fusarelli, Minister General, and Br. César Külkamp, ​​Definitor General, visited the Province of St. Francis of Quito, in Ecuador, where they had the opportunity to meet all the friars of the Province, the Poor Clare and Conceptionist Sisters and the local ecclesiastical authorities. In this regard, on 5th June in Quito they met the Apostolic Nuncio, Monsignor Andrés Carrascosa, and subsequently Monsignor Alfredo José Espinoza, sdb, Archbishop of Quito to learn about the relationship of the friars with the Church and the daily Franciscan journey.

Br. Massimo and Br. César then had a meeting with the Provincial Definitory, while the next day they greeted the Sisters of the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, in the presence of the Board of Directors of the Ecuadorian Federation and representatives of all the monasteries of Ecuador. This was followed by a meeting with the friars of the North, Quito and Central Zones of the Province: an opportunity to learn about the work of the Fraternities and encourage the friars to respond positively to their vocation. 

The Minister General and the Definitor also met the friars and laity of the Provincial Curia in order to understand the function and work of each one. Subsequently, the meeting with the Franciscan Family of Ecuador took place, in the presence of many men and women religious who are nourished by the Franciscan charism and the presence of the Secular Franciscan Order. Br. Massimo and Br. César, after visiting the two San Andrés Schools in Quito, met with the brothers of the Secretariat for Formation and Studies, who presented a report on each stage of formation and on ongoing formation. There was also a discussion with the friars in Initial Formation in the friary of St Diego (Postulants, Novices and Brothers of Temporary Professions), and then also met with the Secretaries for the Missions and Evangelization of the Province. The visit was also an opportunity to meet and greet the Sisters of the Monastery of St Clare, the representatives of all the monasteries of Ecuador and the Board of Directors of the Federation. In Guayaquil, the Minister General presided over the solemn Eucharist accompanied by Msgr. Luis Cabrera, OFM, Archbishop of Guayaquil; then he visited the Monastery of the Poor Clares of Guasmo, where the Poor Clares of Daule also joined for the occasion.

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Br Massimo Fusarelli Br César Külkamp
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