Itinerant Schools / Franciscan Evangelical Life
We report that there have been two, three-week itinerant schools this year. One in North India organized by Sr. Ceelia Mankuriyil and one in Kenya for East Africa organized by Sr. Pauline Mary Weisiko. The Council wishes to thank the two council members who organized these courses. Full reports will be prepared for the General Assembly on these schools.


Launch of the Conference's New Website 2007
        The new web site of the International Conference of the Sisters and Brothers of the Third Order Regular was opened at the beginning of February 2007 ( The project - from the idea to planning phase - was begun in the 2nd semester of 2006 and the design of the main graphic layout was completed in 3 months.
        Once made public on the World Wide Web, the IFC-TOR site is initially to go through a period of testing in which it's contents will grow regularly (including the implementation of a search engine, the browsing of the IFC-TOR Members' list - directly from the last updated database maintained in the offices of the IFC-TOR, Rome).
        Therefore, some details of the layout may change as time goes by in order to improve the user friendly nature of our web site. Also your suggestions are welcomed during your use of this Franciscan resource. Please send us any comments and suggestions to the following address: . The information provided on this web site is available in 6 languages - Italian, French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese.
        As stated in the welcome message to the home page, our intent is to supply an instrument of collaboration for the Franciscan family in the world.


A Day of Prayer and Fasting

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
        The IFC-TOR invites all of you individually and in each fraternity to observe a Day of Prayer and Fasting on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 in solidarity with Franciscans all over the world to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. May we further recommend that each Sister, Friar and/or Fraternity make an offering of the money saved on that day to Franciscans International to aid those most in need. See the attached announcement from Franciscans International.
Peace and all good,
James F. Puglisi, SA
Vice-President IFC-TOR


2009 Annual Council Meeting

Letter in the Reserved Area


Discussing how we might commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace / Conference of the Franciscan Family (CFF)

For more than a year the Conference of the Franciscan Family (CFF) has been discussing how we might commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace, which was held in Assisi on October 27, 1986. Building on this celebration, John Paul II made popular the idea of the Spirit of Assisi, a concept which has inspired many efforts to promote peace and dialogue over the last quarter century. We would like to reinforce our commitment to peace and dialogue by encouraging the entire Franciscan Family to celebrate this important anniversary. Our JPIC promoters and those responsible for the service for dialogue have been involved in these conversations, along with others interested in the event.


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2010 Annual Council Meeting

Letter in the Reserved Area


Letter to the Romans / 25th anniversary of the Spirit of Assisi

Dear sisters and brothers in Saint Francis:
We, members of Romans 6, the delegates general and representatives for JPIC for the worldwide Franciscan family, want to remind you of the invitation and encouragement that we received from the Conference of the Franciscan Family to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the "spirit of Assisi" this coming October 27th, and to keep alive the values promoted in that celebration at all times.

Mindful that not everybody can travel to Assisi, we would like to inform you about some activities that will take place in the Rome area and give you the opportunity to join them and/or celebrate in your own communities:


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Celebrating "The Spirit of Assisi" - 25th anniversary The Sirit of Assisi

It is with great pleasure that we write to you on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the historic day of prayer and fasting held in Assisi on October 27, 1986.

Fr. José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM - President CFF, Min. Gen. OFM
Fr. James Puglisi, SA - Min. Gen. Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
Fr. Mauro Jöhri, OFMCap - Minister General OFMCap
Fr. Michael Higgins, TOR - Minister General TOR
Fr. Marco Tasca, OFMConv - Minister General OFMConv
Encarnación Del Pozo, OFS - Minister General OFS

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Visit Spirit of Assisi website prepared by the Romans 6:


2011 Annual Council Meeting

Letter in the Reserved Area


2012 Annual Council Meeting

Letter in the Reserved Area


General Assembly / 2013 Logotype Presentation


General Assembly / 2013 Theme Presentation


RIO 2013 / World Youth Day

The World Youth Day will take place in Rio, July 2013.
The CFF is hopeful that we will have a program as was done for Madrid,
especially where the various communities may exhibit vocational materials. 



Franciscan presence in the WYD RIO 2013

  • Vocation Stand Franciscan
  • Meeting Point
  • Meeting with the Minister Generals

(photo from:



Feast of St. Francis / Pastoral Visit to Assisi of the Holy Father Pope Francis / 4 October 2013


Feast of St. Francis 2013 / Message from the Council


2013 Annual Council Meeting

Letter in the Reserved Area


The Franciscan supplement to the Roman Missal
is in the process of being assembled
and we need a number from the Conference's members
or who will want a copy.



Common Franciscan Initiative for the Environment

The Church calls all Christians to be responsible stewards of the environment, and this is even more of a pressing demand for brothers and sisters of St. Francis. In this year when we observe the 35th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s naming of St. Francis of Assisi as patron of those who are concerned for the environment (November 29, 1979). Franciscans are asked to give special attention to our sister Mother Earth.

For this occasion the International Franciscan Commission for Justice and Peace, also known as Roman 6 – representative of the three branches of the First Order, of the Secular Franciscan Order, of the Friars of the Third Order Regular and of the International Franciscan Conference of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular (IFC-TOR) – have prepared a reflection on the topic.  Beginning on the World Day of Water, March 22, this reflection along with materials in diverse language for celebrating in prayer and ritual, can be found at the new website, 



Launch of the Conference's New Website / 2014

A new website, completely reworked and updated, containing the area section reserved for members, is available on-line since November in the following 6 languages: English, Italian, French, Deutsch, Spanish and Portuguese.


Letter about Propositum

Regarding Propositum, how will the issues look?
In today’s world what is the best way of the use of our resources? Please send your articles for Propositum!
We ask for your first article by May 15, 2014.

14° Capitolo Generale Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis

1-8 November 2014

Encarnación del Pozo / Ministra Generale

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Assistance Request

Letter regarding the financial situation of Franciscans International (FI)

Conference of the Franciscan Family (CFF)
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31st General Chapter Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity

4-26 October 2014

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Dicembre 2014

“God has humbly bent down and lifted the dust of our nature into unity with His own person.”

Bonaventure (Sermon II on the Nativity of the Lord).

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Assemblea Nazionale MoReFra

Superiore Generali e Provinciali e loro Consigli
26-28 marzo 2015

Per informazioni:
Sr. M. Gabriella Bortot › email

Franciscans International Board - (FI)

Announcement - Franciscans International Board will begin a new term with their meeting from April 17-19, 2015.
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Religious leaders of many faiths in Assisi
Interreligious World Day of Prayer for Peace

Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Christian and Buddhist religious leaders met this week in Assisi to discuss peace, while across the ocean in New York City global political leaders assembled at the United Nations also focused on a troubled world.

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