In 1217, Pope Leo X issued the bull “Ite vos,” also known as the “Bulla unionis,” which divided the Franciscan order into two separate families: the Friars Minor of the Regular Observance and the Friars Minor Conventual.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, over 100 OFM, OFM Conventual and OFM Capuchin friars are expected to gather at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago for a symposium commemorating the 500th anniversary of Ite Vos. The morning session will be available via live video stream. Speakers will include:

  • Regis Armstrong, OFM Cap. — “Common Franciscan Values”
  • Dominic Monti, OFM — “The History and Context of Ite Vos”
  • Jude Winkler, OFM Conv. — “Common Franciscan Projects Around the World”

The link to the live video stream is
The presentations will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude by 12:30 p.m. Central Time.






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