CPO 2018

CPO 2018

Join us for this year’s celebration of the Order’s Plenary Council.

From June 12th – 28th, we will reflect on contemporary realities in the world, the Church, and the Order, spending time in prayer, study, discussion, and decision-making.

For more information, visit the event homepage here.

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COMPI and the General Definitory meet in Loreto

COMPI and the General Definitory meet in Loreto

The President of COMPI, br. Claudio Durighetto, described the week of meetings between the Conference of Ministers Provincial of Italy & Albania and the Minister General Michael A. Perry with his Definitory as “an experience of communion”.  The meeting took place at a Franciscan retreat house, “La terra dei fioretti”, Loreto, from April 9th – 14th, 2018.

The gathering was an important opportunity for the friars to engage in mutual listening and dialogue. The program was wide-ranging, with some topics of particular interest, such as the current reality of the Provinces and Custodies that make up the Conference, as well as presentations of various projects that the Order’s General Government is pursuing.

The conversations took place in a fraternal atmosphere, with some topics attracting more attention and arousing in the participating friars a desire to know more about the current state of the Order. Space was also devoted to listening to reports about important initiatives in the Conference such as: “Abraham’s Tent“, a community in Favara di Agrigento, Sicily, that offers hospitality to refugees; the new hermitage fraternity in Casacalenda di Campobasso, Molise; and the dining room for the poor in Milan. In addition, the Ministers Provincial and General Definitors visited Treia friary in the Marches, a formation fraternity badly hit by the recent (2016) earthquake.

The number of brothers present increased considerably on Friday, when friars of the Conference in Temporary Profession and in the first seven years of Solemn Profession came to meet the Minister General and Definitory. Br. Michael’s presentation emphasized the beauty of discipleship, highlighting the close link between vocation as a personal response to God’s call and life in fraternity. There cannot be an authentic relationship with the Lord without a genuine relationship with the brothers.

In the afternoon the young friars were divided into small groups to share, reflect, and answer the questions that the Minister General put to them: What motivated you to begin living the Franciscan way of life? What robs us of the joy of following the Lord, and what disappointments have you experienced in your personal journey? What, on the other hand, restores peace, enthusiasm, and authenticity? What do you see as the future for your Province and the Order?

The friars’ answers revealed a great sense of belonging to the Order, and a desire to give of themselves in the cause of the renewal of our Franciscan charism.

At the conclusion of the meetings on Saturday, deep gratitude to God was expressed, asking the Lord for the strength to nourish communion so as to continue to walk together as brothers and witnesses to the truth of the Gospel.

 






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Living Holy Week with the International Fraternity for Dialogue in Istanbul

Living Holy Week with the International Fraternity for Dialogue in Istanbul

Holy Week is a special time of the year. It is the moment when Brothers, together with the people they serve, recommit themselves to living the joy of the Gospel. This is particularly true for the Brothers of the International Fraternity for Dialogue.

The International Fraternity for Dialogue was established by then-Minister General Jose Carballo as an expression of the Order’s commitment to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue (CCGG art. 93-95). Its founding home is the parish of St. Maria Draperis in Istanbul, Turkey, where the Brothers also serve the parish of St. Louis on the grounds of the French Consulate. Three years ago, they opened a second house in Izmir, where they serve the parishes of Holy Spirit and St. Mary.

As only 0.05% of the population of Turkey is Catholic, everything the Brothers do entails dialogue – from the dialogues of life and work to the dialogues of spiritual and theological exchange. While Islam is Turkey’s predominant faith (98% of the population), making Muslims their major dialogue partners – from Sunnis and Alawites to Sufi masters and curious searchers – the Brothers also have excellent relationships with the Orthodox Churches, as well as with Protestant communities.

This diversity marked every aspect of Holy Week, from Monday’s ecumenical prison ministry to Easter Vigils that brought together the parishes’ Italian-, English-, French- and Spanish-speaking communities. In between were multi-lingual penance services, blessings from church leaders, and visits from the cities’ Muslim mayors. Since Catholic parishes are so intimate, many liturgies were held in common to enhance that felt sense of unity which lies at the heart of the Paschal Mystery.

One quickly feels the Church’s catholicity in Turkey, where Christians are daily called to give common witness to the Gospel, especially in the face of the daunting challenges confronting them. Given Turkey’s historical place at the crossroads of Christianity, from St. Paul’s journeys to today’s migration of Middle Eastern and African refugees, is this surprising? It is such catholicity that enables the Brothers to live the joy of Holy Week throughout the year.

The best way to come to know the Fraternity is to visit the Brothers. Their doors are always open, especially in October for their annual Course on Dialogue. People can also visit their website (www.istanbulofm.org) and watch their documentary Together on the Way, available on YouTube.

The International Fraternity for Dialogue is directly under obedience to the Minister General. It welcomes Brothers from throughout the world desiring to serve in it on either a temporary or permanent basis. Interested Brothers should contact the Guardian, Br. Eleuthere Makuta, for more information (makutaba@yahoo.fr).






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Living Holy Week with the International Fraternity for Dialogue in Istanbul

Living Holy Week with the International Fraternity for Dialogue in Istanbul

Holy Week is a special time of the year. It is the moment when Brothers, together with the people they serve, recommit themselves to living the joy of the Gospel. This is particularly true for the Brothers of the International Fraternity for Dialogue.

The International Fraternity for Dialogue was established by then-Minister General Jose Carballo as an expression of the Order’s commitment to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue (CCGG art. 93-95). Its founding home is the parish of St. Maria Draperis in Istanbul, Turkey, where the Brothers also serve the parish of St. Louis on the grounds of the French Consulate. Three years ago, they opened a second house in Izmir, where they serve the parishes of Holy Spirit and St. Mary.

As only 0.05% of the population of Turkey is Catholic, everything the Brothers do entails dialogue – from the dialogues of life and work to the dialogues of spiritual and theological exchange. While Islam is Turkey’s predominant faith (98% of the population), making Muslims their major dialogue partners – from Sunnis and Alawites to Sufi masters and curious searchers – the Brothers also have excellent relationships with the Orthodox Churches, as well as with Protestant communities.

This diversity marked every aspect of Holy Week, from Monday’s ecumenical prison ministry to Easter Vigils that brought together the parishes’ Italian-, English-, French- and Spanish-speaking communities. In between were multi-lingual penance services, blessings from church leaders, and visits from the cities’ Muslim mayors. Since Catholic parishes are so intimate, many liturgies were held in common to enhance that felt sense of unity which lies at the heart of the Paschal Mystery.

One quickly feels the Church’s catholicity in Turkey, where Christians are daily called to give common witness to the Gospel, especially in the face of the daunting challenges confronting them. Given Turkey’s historical place at the crossroads of Christianity, from St. Paul’s journeys to today’s migration of Middle Eastern and African refugees, is this surprising? It is such catholicity that enables the Brothers to live the joy of Holy Week throughout the year.

The best way to come to know the Fraternity is to visit the Brothers. Their doors are always open, especially in October for their annual Course on Dialogue. People can also visit their website (www.istanbulofm.org) and watch their documentary Together on the Way, available on YouTube.

The International Fraternity for Dialogue is directly under obedience to the Minister General. It welcomes Brothers from throughout the world desiring to serve in it on either a temporary or permanent basis. Interested Brothers should contact the Guardian, Br. Eleuthere Makuta, for more information (makutaba@yahoo.fr).






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Venerable Florenzia Profilio, Foundress of the Institute of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Lipari

Venerable Florenzia Profilio, Foundress of the Institute of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Lipari

Promulgation of Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

On 14 April 2018, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding the heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Florenzia Giovanna Profilio, Founder of the Institute of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Lipari; born in Pirrera Lipari (Italy) on December 30, 1873 and died in Rome on February 21, 1956.

Venerable Florenzia Profilio

The venerable Florenzia Profilio was born on the island of Lipari (Italy) in 1873. She emigrated to New York (USA) with her family and embraced the religious vocation with the Tertiary Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. In 1905, at the invitation of Archbishop Francesco Raiti, Bishop of Lipari, she returned to Italy to start a new community in the service of the diocese on her native island. The development of the Institute of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate of Lipari gradually spread over time in several cities in Italy, as well as in Brazil and Peru. Mother Florenzia governed with the strength of her example more than with exhortation and words. Her evangelical lifestyle conquered the love and esteem of those who had the joy of spending time with her. She died in Rome on February 21, 1956. Her cause of canonization began in 1982.

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International JPIC Course 2018 in Guadalajara, Mexico

International JPIC Course 2018 in Guadalajara, Mexico

The annual International JPIC Course was held in Guadalajara, Mexico from 9th to 16th April by the JPIC General Office with the collaboration of the Province of St. Francis and Santiago. This year’s theme is “Migration: Causes, Walls, and Franciscan Perspectives.” Thirteen experts on the issue, including Br. Martín Carbajo, OFM, Br. Juan Rendón, OFM and Br. Tomás González, OFM, were invited to share their expertise and experiences with 57 participants (41 friars and 12 secular Franciscans). The Course covered the issue of migration in depth with the multi-dimensional (historical, socio-political, cultural, and economic) analysis as well as the exposure to refugee shelter homes. To name some of the expositions, “The Unfair Distribution of Wealth: Social Inequality,” and “Physical and Symbolic Walls: Prejudice, Xenophobia, Fear, and Discrimination.”

There was a fraternal joy among the participating brothers and sisters, and they encouraged each other by exchanging their experiences and ideas.





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