The Magnificat Institute of Jerusalem, a Workshop of Humanity and Coexistence | Franciscans, Youth and Faith

The Magnificat Institute of Jerusalem, a Workshop of Humanity and Coexistence | Franciscans, Youth and Faith

I was appointed as Director of the Magnificat musical institute two years ago, a great privilege but also a great responsibility. The school has been one of the educational projects of the Custody of the Holy Land for over twenty years. What makes it special and in a certain sense unique compared with other schools of the Holy Land is that Christians of all denominations, Jews and Muslims work and study together. The majority of the students are Christians, while the majority of the teachers are Jews. Everyone is welcomed without any distinction of social status and especially of religious belief. Educating to beauty through music and making music together is the first objective of our Institute, but growing in a multicultural and multi-religious environment, in the authentic respect of everyone, is the basis of our educational method.

There is no shortage of minor obstacles to overcome together. I and my team of close collaborators, a Christian and a Jewish teacher, periodically schedule projects, concerts and tours abroad trying to maintain a wise balance between who will participate, which repertoire will be performed and which message we want to reach our audience. Every day we deal with both small and bigger challenges related to the complexity of the place in which we operate … Palestine and Israel, Arabs and Israelis, Christians and non-Christians … Franciscan spirituality is a wise school of life that allows us all to offer to our children a real workshop of humanity and coexistence, governed not by mere tolerance, but by the true acceptance of the other for who he is, without prejudice and in total freedom.

The presence of two friars, myself as Director and Br. Alessandro as pianist and organist, and of some friars as students, contributes to offer to all, students, teachers and families a climate of fraternity and serenity that we try to guarantee every day. Our experience at Magnificat is very rich and as I said full of challenges, but we are sure that in our own small way, we are offering our children the tools to live with freedom and maturity, with joy and enthusiasm, in a worldwide fraternity that is increasingly diverse and multi-faceted.

 

Br. Alberto Joan Pari, OFM
Custody of the Holy Land

fralbertpari@gmail.com
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This article is part of a series profiling the work that friars are doing throughout the world to accompany young people in faith. These stories are only a sample of the ways countless friars walk with young people today.  As we Franciscans prepare for the 2018 Synod of Bishops Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. May these stories inspire all who read them to an ever-deeper commitment to sharing the Joy of the Gospel with our young sisters and brothers.

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Accompanying Young People in a Digital Age | Franciscans, Youth and Faith

Accompanying Young People in a Digital Age | Franciscans, Youth and Faith

One of the most significant traits of the Franciscan charism is the mission to be popular preachers in the ordinary gatherings of people’s lives. And while friars may no longer go to the city square to preach peace, in our digital age, a new “city square” has emerged: the internet. Recognizing how much time many people spend on social media, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI once called the internet a “digital continent,” needing the same missionary zeal the Church had always produced.

Two Franciscans in the United States—Br. Dan Horan, OFM and Br. Casey Cole, OFM—have accepted this call to mission.

“I think we should not be afraid to go out to this ‘digital continent,’” says Br. Dan. “It’s how people communicate, study, seek entertainment, meet one another, share common interests, and even explore their faith.” In his time with the friars, Br. Dan has written a blog engaging social and political topics with a Franciscan spirituality for the 21st century and has engaged questions and comments on Facebook and Twitter.

“I think it’s important to have our finger on the pulse of how young people are communicating today, adapting and updating as the world changes,” says Br. Casey. As the founder of Breaking In The Habit Media, Br. Casey has works to create content for as many platforms as he can, producing videos on YouTube and Instagram, writing articles on his blog, and answering questions on Twitter and Facebook. “Young people no longer gather in physical locations like they used to, but they are gathering. It’s our responsibility as ministers and evangelizers to go where they are.”

But as both Br. Dan and Br. Casey have expressed, this does not mean fully adopting the values that come with living on a digital continent. Because there can be a tendency to present an alternative persona online or to diminish the human person to nothing more than their thoughts, friars engaged in this ministry must recognize the limitations it presents: it is unrivaled in its ability to create new connections, but it does not offer the fullness of the Christian experience that young people need. For this reason, both Br. Dan and Br. Casey spend as much time engaging young people in person as they do online, offering retreats, giving talks, teaching classes, and simply being present to the needs of young people today.

For more information on their digital outreach or to contact Br. Dan and Br. Casey, please check out their media sites:

Br. Dan Horan, OFM:

Br. Casey Cole, OFM at Breaking In The Habit Media:


This article is part of a series profiling the work that friars are doing throughout the world to accompany young people in faith. These stories are only a sample of the ways countless friars walk with young people today.  As we Franciscans prepare for the 2018 Synod of Bishops Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. May these stories inspire all who read them to an ever-deeper commitment to sharing the Joy of the Gospel with our young sisters and brothers.

 

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Feast of St. Clare 2018: Letter of the Minister General

Feast of St. Clare 2018: Letter of the Minister General

Discernment: purification of the gaze, of the heart, and of the will

 

Dearest sisters,

May the Lord give us his Peace!

Last year I offered you some reflections based on the words that guided our preparation as Friars Minor for the Plenary Council that we celebrated last June in Nairobi: listening, discerning, acting.

This year I would like to focus on the second element in particular. Looking at the example and words of Clare I would like to highlight some useful aspects that can help us towards a discernment that might increasingly shape our lives, making them a faithful and joyful response to God’s call in this time, and in this space that is given to each of us.

We have been adopted by God as children in the Son Jesus, who died and rose again, and so from the moment of our baptism we pray: “Our Father, thy will be done”. The way of discernment is the only possible authentic way of existing, because, as Francis tells us, “Nowthat we have left the world, however, we have nothing else to do but to follow the will of the Lord and to please Him.” (RnbXXII, 9). Clare on her part “insofar as she could, tried to please God.” (Proc8,3).

Looking back over the Clarian sources, the letters in particular, I notice that Clare lives and suggests discernment as a path of purification: purification of the gaze, of the heart, and of the will.

 

 

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Purification of the gaze

The starting point is the reality in which we find ourselves; even before that, it is the reality that “we are,” that each of us “is” by nature and by grace. Very often we experience the distortion of reality within us and around us. Preconceptions and prejudices of any kind can distort our reading of what is going on within us or in our community, in the Church, or in society … Is this not an initial factor in many misunderstandings, misconceptions, or conflicting relationships?

Purify the gaze to ‘see’ well: to see how God sees us, to see without distorting filters. Just as she wrote to Agnes of Prague, Clare reminds each one of us today that by being like Jesus, making his gaze our own, we can ‘see’ reality in truth, beyond the changes produced by sin in all its forms: “He is the radiance of eternal glory is the brightness of eternal light and the mirror without blemish. Gaze upon that mirror each day, O Queen and Spouse of Jesus Christ, and continually study your face in it,” (4LAg14-15); for surely “in your light we see light” (Ps36 (35:10).

Clare had begun to experience the purification of the gaze when Francis “encouraged her to despise the world, showing her by his living speech how dry the hope of the world was and how deceptive its beauty. He whispered in her ears of a sweet espousal with Christ,” (LegsC5). Clare really learned this well as she writes to Agnes in Prague: “after all who ensnare their blind lovers in a deceitful and turbulent world have been completely passed over, may you totally love Him Who gave Himself totally for your love.” There is a fundamental, ‘original’ deception, whereby the ‘world’, seen as a vision of reality in opposition to God’s, appears attractive but is in fact deadly, seems to give happiness but instead enslaves and robs joy and vibrancy. In the third letter to Agnes, Clare uses very strong expressions in this regard: “so you, too, by following in her footprints, especially [those] of humility and poverty, can, without any doubt, always carry Him spiritually in your chaste and virginal body, holding Him by Whom you and all things are held together possessing that which, in comparison with the other transitory possessions of this world you will possess more securely. In this, certain worldly kings and queens are deceived, for, even though their pride may reach the skies and their heads touch the clouds, in the end they are as forgotten as a dung-heap!” (3LAg25-28). Communion with the Lord Jesus lived in the gift of self guarantees protection from the risk of spiritual ‘blindness’. Francis teaches us that only the purified gaze can see God in all things. Clare wants to form this same gaze in her sisters: “when the most holy mother used to send the serving sisters outside the monastery, she reminded them to praise God when they saw beautiful trees, flowers, and bushes; and, likewise, always to praise Him for and in all things when they saw all peoples and creatures.” (Proc14.9). Seeing reality as God sees it is the first step in recognising the traces of the paths of the Kingdom.

 

Purification of the heart

If a pure gaze reads reality in the truth of God, it is the heart that judges it, evaluates it, interprets it. Discernment as ‘judgment’ is the next step in which reality is confronted with the values that support and guide our journey of life.

According to the testimony of Bona di Guelfuccio, Francis urges the young Clare to take care of her heart by tuning it to the heart of Jesus: “He always preached to her that she might convert to Jesus Christ”. Conversion, like breathing, is the essential measure for Christians to continue living. Through experience Clare knows how easily the heart hardens, gets distracted, gets confused; that is why she rejoices in seeing Agnes of Prague: “you have brought to ruin the subtleties of our crafty enemy, the pride that destroys human nature, and the vanity that infatuates human hearts”. Pride and vanity prevent a correct judgment of reality, because they close one in on oneself, rather than opening to God or to others. On the contrary, as Pope Francis recently recalled, “it is proper to the Holy Spirit to decentralize ourselves from ourselves and open ourselves to the “us” of the community: to receive and to give. We are not at the centre: we are an instrument of that gift for others” (General Audience, 6 June 2018).

The heart is protected if it is entrusted to the Lord, in a daily movement of giving: “Place your mind before the mirror of eternity! Place your soul in the brilliance of glory! Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance and, through contemplation, transform your entire being into the image of the Godhead Itself, so that you too may feel what friends feel in tasting the hidden sweetness that, from the beginning, God Himself has reserved for His lovers.” (3LAg12-14).

Genuine discernment requires a refining of the taste for the things of God, being able to recognize the scent and taste of the Gospel in the events of life, in the people we meet, in the sisters we live with, as well as in those who live elsewhere. This exercise of contemplation is entrusted to you, sisters, in a very particular form and intensity, by which judgment matures and becomes the virtue of discernment. Clare is a true teacher of discernment: real situations in dialogue with professed values, without mystifying indulgence or compromises of convenience. “But our flesh is not bronze, nor is our strength that of stone, rather, we are frail and inclined to every bodily weakness! I beg you, therefore, dearly beloved, to refrain wisely and prudently from an indiscreet and impossible austerity in the fasting that you have undertaken. And I beg you in the Lord to praise the Lord by your very life, to offer the Lord your reasonable service and your sacrifice always seasoned with salt.” (3LAg38-41).

 

Purification of the will

The process of discernment is directed towards feeling challenged by the word of God in order to live in obedience to Him; it is aimed at dwelling within history in an evangelical way, following the footsteps of Jesus so that the kingdom of God may grow in the world. Our projects are good if they are not ‘only ours’, if they blossom, like a root, from our willingness to collaborate with all our hearts in the work that God is already doing.

It is good to choose whatever keeps us united to the Lord, and to reject whatever separates us from Him. Clare is able to turn down the offer of Pope Gregory IX – to be released from the bond of highest poverty and to accept the possessions that he offered himself – and to declare with simplicity and truth: “Holy Father, I never wish to be freed from following Christ” (LegsC14). And she exhorts Agnes of Prague, in a similar situation, to embrace the poor Crucified One (Cf.2LAg17-18).

How precious and meaningful, therefore, is the indication that both Clare and Francis place as a seal on their respective “rules”, almost as a summary of the whole forma vitæ: “Let them direct their attention to what they should desire above all else: to have the Spirit of the Lord and His holy activity, to pray always to Him with a pure heart, and to have humility, patience in difficulty and infirmity, and to love those who persecute, blame, and accuse us, for the Lord says: Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. But whoever perseveres to the end will be saved.” (RsCX, 9-13).

In the light of these words, the summary of an entire life, we recognize that what Pope Francis says in the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultatewas accomplished in Clare and by Clare: “Discernment […] is an authentic process of leaving ourselves behind in order to approach the mystery of God, who helps us to carry out the mission to which he has called us, for the good of our brothers and sisters.” (GE175).

 

I hope, my dear poor ladies, that you may have a joyful celebration of the solemnity of our beloved sister and mother, Saint Clare of Assisi. Greetings!

 

Rome, 2nd August 2018
Feast of the Pardon of Assisi

Fr. Michael A. Perry, OFM
Minister General and Servant

 

Cover: Saint Clare. Painting on wood by Miguel Angel Laguna Villalobos (Convento San Antonio, Avila, Spain).
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Moving from the celebration of the PCO to the production of the Final Document

Moving from the celebration of the PCO to the production of the Final Document

Letter from the Minister General and the Definitory to all the friars:

Moving from the celebration of the PCO to the production of the Final Document

 

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Dear brothers:

May the Lord give you peace!

The 2018 Plenary Council of the Order, held from June 12thto 28thin Nairobi, Kenya, was a grace-filled time during which the Spirit spoke to the hearts of the participants, calling us to return to our first love(cf. Rev 2:4) — in other words, to renew and revitalize our lives in the midst of a constantly changing world. We kept in mind the substance of Art. 194 of our General Constitutions, which deals with the competence of the Plenary Council, as well as the PCO theme, “Those who have ears, let them listen to what the Spirit is saying … to the Friars Minor today”. (cf. Rev 2:29.

The first stage of our meeting consisted in active listening to the reports presented by the various Conferences, as well as to the contributions of two invited experts.

In the second stage, the Council Members then brought what they had heard to a process of prayer, discernment, and dialogue in order to deepen their receptivity to the voice of God. Out of this, a number of insights emerged in regard to: the constant, core values ​​of our life; our priorities; some of the unavoidable challenges that we must face; the many opportunities to reaffirm our identity and to live our faith more fully.

During the third stage of the PCO, a number of elements emerged from this dual dynamic of listening and discernment, including proposals for the life and mission of the Order. These not only point to the hope that guides us in the midst of so many challenges, but they also are concrete responses to the Spirit who urges us to go out to the peripheries, to the places where people are most in need.

The entire PCO experience, and in particular the proposals that have surfaced — a) Contemplative Fraternity in mission; b) The Young; c) A rapidly changing world; d) Evangelization in the spirit of Laudato si’; e) Migrants and refugees; f) Instruments of peace in the face of contemporary violence; g) Religious life and the vision of Pope Francis — will be taken into consideration by the General Definitory as we prepare the Final PCO Document, to be published in the coming months.

At the conclusion of the Plenary Council, we noted that immediately on our return to Rome the General Definitory would undertake the work of reviewing all the reports of the Conferences as well as the wealth of material produced during the Council. This review has already been completed and we feel that the collected material is so rich that in addition to the final Document we will also make available to all the friars a summary of the most important issues that arose during the three-stage process — both in the group work and plenary sessions.

The Final Document will be published before the end of the year and will be produced with the help of experts in theology and the Franciscan tradition. It will also contain guidelines for the triennium (2019-2021), some of which will lead us towards the 2021 General Chapter.

All the friars who participated in the Council are asked to remember the final message of the Minister General, in which he asked us to be ambassadors — to take what we have experienced and to share it with our Conferences: with the President, the Provincial Ministers, Custodes, and Foundation Presidents. He asked that this be done during the next Conference meeting, or if there is no immediate plan for such a meeting, to prepare a written statement which would describe the experience of the Plenary Council, the process and methodology employed, the ‘outcomes’ of the World Café method, and the final summary presented in the plenary sessions. In their turn, the Provincial Ministers, Custodes, and Foundation Presidents (working with the Council Members) should then ensure that this wealth of material reaches all the friars, so that an in-depth dialogue at all levels of the Order may result.

Dear brothers, we invite you to respond to this moment of grace that the Lord has given to us as an Order. We remind you that we cannot simply continue doing the same things that we do at present — as if the old wineskins could hold the new wine (cf. Mt 9:17). Let us open ourselves with hope and courage to the newness of the Spirit who calls us to live our vocation with renewed enthusiasm and creativity, so as to be able to offer the wine of the Gospel to the sisters and brothers of our time.

May Mary Immaculate, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin made Church, the Herald of the Gospel, always sustain us with her maternal intercession.

 

Fraternally,

Br. Michael A. Perry, ofm
Minister General

Br. Julio C. Bunader, ofm
Vicar General

Br. Jürgen Neitzert, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Caoimhín Ó Laoide, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Ignacio Ceja Jiménez, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Nicodème Kibuzehose, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Lino Gregorio Redoblado, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Ivan Sesar, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Valmir Ramos, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Antonio Scabio, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Giovanni Rinaldi, ofm (Seg. Gen.)

Rome, August 2nd, 2018
Feast of St. Mary of the Angels

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Moving from the celebration of the PCO to the production of the Final Document

Moving from the celebration of the PCO to the production of the Final Document

Letter from the Minister General and the Definitory to all the friars:

Moving from the celebration of the PCO to the production of the Final Document

 

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Dear brothers:

May the Lord give you peace!

The 2018 Plenary Council of the Order, held from June 12thto 28thin Nairobi, Kenya, was a grace-filled time during which the Spirit spoke to the hearts of the participants, calling us to return to our first love(cf. Rev 2:4) — in other words, to renew and revitalize our lives in the midst of a constantly changing world. We kept in mind the substance of Art. 194 of our General Constitutions, which deals with the competence of the Plenary Council, as well as the PCO theme, “Those who have ears, let them listen to what the Spirit is saying … to the Friars Minor today”. (cf. Rev 2:29.

The first stage of our meeting consisted in active listening to the reports presented by the various Conferences, as well as to the contributions of two invited experts.

In the second stage, the Council Members then brought what they had heard to a process of prayer, discernment, and dialogue in order to deepen their receptivity to the voice of God. Out of this, a number of insights emerged in regard to: the constant, core values ​​of our life; our priorities; some of the unavoidable challenges that we must face; the many opportunities to reaffirm our identity and to live our faith more fully.

During the third stage of the PCO, a number of elements emerged from this dual dynamic of listening and discernment, including proposals for the life and mission of the Order. These not only point to the hope that guides us in the midst of so many challenges, but they also are concrete responses to the Spirit who urges us to go out to the peripheries, to the places where people are most in need.

The entire PCO experience, and in particular the proposals that have surfaced — a) Contemplative Fraternity in mission; b) The Young; c) A rapidly changing world; d) Evangelization in the spirit of Laudato si’; e) Migrants and refugees; f) Instruments of peace in the face of contemporary violence; g) Religious life and the vision of Pope Francis — will be taken into consideration by the General Definitory as we prepare the Final PCO Document, to be published in the coming months.

At the conclusion of the Plenary Council, we noted that immediately on our return to Rome the General Definitory would undertake the work of reviewing all the reports of the Conferences as well as the wealth of material produced during the Council. This review has already been completed and we feel that the collected material is so rich that in addition to the final Document we will also make available to all the friars a summary of the most important issues that arose during the three-stage process — both in the group work and plenary sessions.

The Final Document will be published before the end of the year and will be produced with the help of experts in theology and the Franciscan tradition. It will also contain guidelines for the triennium (2019-2021), some of which will lead us towards the 2021 General Chapter.

All the friars who participated in the Council are asked to remember the final message of the Minister General, in which he asked us to be ambassadors — to take what we have experienced and to share it with our Conferences: with the President, the Provincial Ministers, Custodes, and Foundation Presidents. He asked that this be done during the next Conference meeting, or if there is no immediate plan for such a meeting, to prepare a written statement which would describe the experience of the Plenary Council, the process and methodology employed, the ‘outcomes’ of the World Café method, and the final summary presented in the plenary sessions. In their turn, the Provincial Ministers, Custodes, and Foundation Presidents (working with the Council Members) should then ensure that this wealth of material reaches all the friars, so that an in-depth dialogue at all levels of the Order may result.

Dear brothers, we invite you to respond to this moment of grace that the Lord has given to us as an Order. We remind you that we cannot simply continue doing the same things that we do at present — as if the old wineskins could hold the new wine (cf. Mt 9:17). Let us open ourselves with hope and courage to the newness of the Spirit who calls us to live our vocation with renewed enthusiasm and creativity, so as to be able to offer the wine of the Gospel to the sisters and brothers of our time.

May Mary Immaculate, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin made Church, the Herald of the Gospel, always sustain us with her maternal intercession.

 

Fraternally,

Br. Michael A. Perry, ofm
Minister General

Br. Julio C. Bunader, ofm
Vicar General

Br. Jürgen Neitzert, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Caoimhín Ó Laoide, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Ignacio Ceja Jiménez, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Nicodème Kibuzehose, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Lino Gregorio Redoblado, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Ivan Sesar, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Valmir Ramos, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Antonio Scabio, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Giovanni Rinaldi, ofm (Seg. Gen.)

Rome, August 2nd, 2018
Feast of St. Mary of the Angels

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Communique from the General Definitory – Tempo Forte of July 2018

Communique from the General Definitory – Tempo Forte of July 2018

Comunicato Tempo Forte

The July 2018 Tempo Forte began with Mass and Morning Prayer celebrated on Monday morning, July 16that 7:00 AM. Then, at 9:00 AM, the Minister General, Vicar General and each of the General Definitors spoke about the activities in which they had been engaged since the conclusion of the Plenary Council of the Order, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from June 12thto 28th. A letter concerning the Plenary Council will be published on August 2nd.

 

The following Visitators General were elected during this Tempo Forte

  • Br.Aloysius Gonsaga RUSMANDJI, for the Province of St. Michael the Archangel, Indonesia;
  • Br. Carlo SERRI, for the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Palermo (Italy);
  • Br.Dobromir JASZTAL, for the Province of the Holy Family, Egypt;
  • Br.Henry Osmarvin GONZALEZ ZELAYA, for the Province of the Assumption of the BVM, Rio de la Plata, Argentina;
  • Br.Oscar ANTE, for the Province of the Holy Martyrs of Japan;
  • Br.Vicente Paulo do NASCIMENTO, for the Amazonian Custody of St. Benedict, Brazil.

 

Having considered reports from a special committee that has worked on the issue for more than a year, and having consulted various Entities and Conferences, it was decided to entrust the two Franciscan presences in Kazakhstan to the care of the Provincial Minister of the Province of St. Hedwig, Poland (Wroclaw). From now on, the St. Francis Foundation, dependent on the Minister General, will be composed of the three fraternities in Russia.

As some of you will already have seen, the Chapter of the Blessed Giles of Assisi Foundation for Dialogue and Mission was held at the General Curia on July 25thand 26th. The Palestrina Fraternity was suppressed a few months ago and now the General Definitory has decreed that the Foundation itself should be suppressed, effective November 15th, 2018. In addition, the now well-established Fraternity of Pazin (Croatia) has been entrusted to the care of the South-Slavic Conference.  As regards the Franciscan presence in Turkey, the Guardianate of Santa Maria Draperis (Istanbul) has been erected, and a filial house in Izmir incorporated into it. Br. Eleuthère BAHARANYI MAKUTA was elected Guardian of the Istanbul House with Br. Antonius DUMA as Vicar and Bursar. Br. Apollinaire BAHINDE BWALIKE is the animator of the filial house in Izmir.

Br. Pasquale BERARDINETTI, of the Assisi Province (Italy), was appointed Director of the Protocol Office in place of Br. Bernardo MOYA MONTERO. Br. Pasquale will also be responsible for Acta Ordinis, which will consequently resume publication shortly.

Scholarships were renewed for about sixty of our Friars who study at the PUA or other Pontifical Universities in Rome and who reside at the Blessed Gabriele M. Allegra Fraternity, St. Anthony’s International College, Via Merulana.

The Minister General, with the consent of his Definitory, admitted candidates for Postulancy, Novitiate, First Profession, and renewal of Temporary Profession for the Custody of the Holy Martyrs of Morocco, and for the Foundations of South Sudan and Congo-Brazzaville, all entities dependent on the Minister General.

Br. Cesare VAIANI and Br. Siniša BALAJIĆ, of the General Secretariat for Formation and Studies, updated the General Definitory regarding the progress of the project whose aim is the establishment of a unified Franciscan University (UniFra) in Rome. The General Treasurer, Br. John PUODZIUNAS, also made a presentation to the General Definitory of the financial report for the first half of 2018 regarding expenditures of the General Curia; Br. John also briefed the Definitory on other administrative matters.

On the afternoon of Thursday, July 26th, the General Definitory met Br. Franco MIRRI and Dr. Elisa PETTORINO, of the General Curia’s Fundraising and Development Office, as well as lawyers Marco LOMBARDI and Ornella VASTOLA, from the Jones Day law firm (Milan), and Marco MALTONI, Notary, assisted by Raffaella FAMMARTINO, from the Maltoni-Scozzoli law firm (Forlì). The purpose of the meeting was to explore various modalities in the creation of an appropriate body for raising and receiving funds. The meeting was interesting and engaging, and what emerged was a general line of thinking that will be further considered by the General Definitory. This envisages the establishment of a Foundation whose objective would be the collection and distribution of funding for the various missionary and Formation projects taking place in the many entities of the Order.

Eighteen extra-capitular elections of Guardians were ratified, from various entities of the Order.

Br. Julio César BUNADER shared information about the intention to hold a meeting at the Seraphicum on December 1st, 2018 for Friars who are members of the fraternities in Rome dependent on the four Franciscan General Ministers. More specific information will follow as soon as the day’s program has been decided.

 

The following cases were examined during the Tempo Forte:

  • dismissal from the Order (1);
  • dispensation celibacy and from the obligations of the clerical state(2);
  • secularisation ad experimentum (5);
  • dispensation from Solemn Vows(2);
  • exclaustration for three years(4);

 

Agreements between our Minister General, the Minister General of the Conventual Franciscans, and the Custos of the Holy Land, concerning the Inter-Franciscan Fraternity at Emmaus-El Qubeibeh, (Holy Land) were signed. This project has already been in operation for the last number of months.

The session of Friday, July 27thclosed the July 2018 Tempo Forte. The next Tempo Forte begins on September 10th, 2018.

To the praise of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of the Poverello of Assisi. Amen!

 

Rome, July 31st, 2018

Br. Giovanni Rinaldi, OFM
Secretary General

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