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Theme · Growing in universal love

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Webpage General Assembly 2022 updates including conferences given at the Assembly

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  TAU Series – Number / 17

Give an Account of the Hope That Is Within You – By William J. Short OFM

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The One Thiung Necessary – Seeing Chapter IX of the Third Order Regular Rule through the Lens of the Teachings of John Duns Scotus

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“Peace and all Good!”

GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2022 · Media and Documents

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  IFC-TOR Elected Council · General Assembly 2022

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From May 9 – 14 the 79 General Ministers and/or their delegates from 64 religious institutes gathered at the Domus Pacis in the shadow of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels for the celebration of the 10th General Assembly of the International Franciscan Conference of the Institutes and Monasteries of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis.

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  Letter Elected President · May 2022

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The new president and council will be holding a meeting in the coming weeks to discuss plans as to how to implement the Vision and Concrete Actions for the future of IFC-TOR (2022-2026), which arose from the discussions throughout the week. We will also select the vice-president of the council at this meeting. After the council meets, we will share with you our plans and how you can be a part of them over the next 4 years.

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Opening the Assembly

 — Sr. Deborah Lockwood
Welcome Message

 — Sr. Margaret Carney
40th Anniversary New TOR Rule «Franciscanum Vitae Propositum»

Conferences

 — Sr. Christina Mülling
Growing in Universal Love with Undivided Hearts

 — Sr. Christina Mülling
Life in the Trinitarian Love

Introducing

Sr. Magdalena Schmitz

Panelist / Responder

Sr. Doris Lamontagne

Panelist / Responder

Sr. Tulia López Bedoya

Facilitator

Sr. Maria Elena Martinez

Panelist / Responder

Sr. Jane Bertelsen

Panelist / Responder

Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano

Conferences

 — Sr. Ivoni L. Fritzen
The Root of Love in the “Undivided Heart” that Makes us Grow

 — Sr. Ivoni L. Fritzen
The Life of the Trinity as an Experience of Everyday Life

Introducing

Sr. Joanne Brazinski

Panelist / Responder

Sr. Catherine T. Wandjowo

Panelist / Responder

Sr. Sheeja Kolacherril

Facilitator

Sr. Maria Elena Martinez

Panelist / Responder

Sr. Rosa M. Campaña

Panelist / Responder

Fr. Brian F. Terry

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Theme · Growing in universal love

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Theme · Contemplation

  Propositum 2021 / 2

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Theme · Celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Second Letter to the Faithful (1221) - Saint Francis

  Propositum 2021 / 1

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Theme · Responses to the COVID-19 and Reflections on FRATELLI TUTTI

FORMATION · Study Manual of the Third Order Regular Rule

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  Resource Manual TOR - 01 | Introduction

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  Resource Manual TOR - 02 | Penitential Movement

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  Resource Manual TOR - 05 | Commentary on the 1982 Rule

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  Resource Manual TOR - 08 | Bibliography

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FORMATION · Study Guide FRATELLI TUTTI

TABS | Chapters in English

Introduction — Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / Introduction · Pat McCloskey, OFM

INTRODUCTION

Dark Clouds A Closed World – Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / chapter 1 · Caryn Crook, OS

CHAPTER 1

A Heart Open to the Whole World — Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / chapter 4 · Margaret Carney, OSF

CHAPTER 4

A Better Kind of Politics — Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / chapter 5 · Michelle Balek, OSF

CHAPTER 5

Dialogue and Friendship in Society — Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / chapter 6 · Charlie McCarthy, OFM Conv.

CHAPTER 6

Paths of Renewed Encounter — Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / chapter 7 · Sr. Margaret Magee, OSF

CHAPTER 7

Religions at the Service of Fraternity in Our World — Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / chapter 8 · Fr. Jim Puglisi, SA

CHAPTER 8

HOW · TO USE THIS GUIDE

  1. This guide can be used with small or large groups and for personal reflection.
  2. Feel free to share with others the URL where you found the guide. You are free to print it for others who prefer a printed text. This guide is free.
  3. This guide serves as an overview to the chapter featured but cannot in the space available do justice to the richness of each chapter.

This is a cooperative venture of several Franciscan organizations.

Margaret Carney, OSF and Pat McCloskey, OFM coordinated this study guide series.

Our writers:
Nancy Celaschi, OSF
Caryn Crook, OSF
Bill Hugo, OFM Cap.
Mary Esther Stewart, OFS
Michelle Balek, OSF
Charlie McCarthy, OFM Conv.
Margaret Magee, OSF
Jim Puglisi, SA

This study guide series is posted at:

https://franciscanmissionservice.org
https://franciscanaction.org
https://franciscanpilgrimages.com
https://secularfranciscansusa.org
https://franciscancollegesuniversities.org
https://franfed.org
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Feel free to duplicate and share this page.

URL for the Encyclical “FRATELLI TUTTI” English text:

www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals.index.html

ANNIVERSARY · Memoriale Propositi 1221 ‒ 2021

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JUBILEE CELEBRATION OF THE SECOND LETTER OF ST. FRANCIS · to the Faithful (1221)

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PREFACE | English Translation

This writing may have been written upon Francis’s return from his journey to the Middle East in the Spring of 1220, for not only does it speak of his weakened condition but also suggests the post-conciliar concerns of Pope Honorius III. At the same time, it recalls Francis’s earlier exhortation to the Brothers and Sisters of Penance and encourages its observance in light of many of the teachings of the Fourth Lateran Council.

Jubilee Celebration Input from the 2017-2022 Council

  Council 6th input - Sr. Deborah

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We can all imagine the young Francis kneeling in the dilapidated San Damiano, praying before the crucifix, “enlighten the darkness of my mind...” We know the struggles he went through as God revealed to him: He wanted me to be a new fool in the world. God did not wish to lead us by any way other than this knowledge… Assisi Compilation, 18

  Council 5th input - Sr. Joanne

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At first glance, these verses may seem like a simple invitation for all creatures to praise and glorify God, but they are so much more. The verse that introduces this section is key to our reflection (Verse 60, John 17:24): “I wish, Father, that where I am, they may be with me... because you loved me before the creation of the world.”

  Council 4th input - Sr. Dolores

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Francis of Assisi is moved by the evangelical urgency for proclaiming the Father’s Word and the words of the Holy Spirit “which are spirit and life.” Not a spirituality out of the reality, but a Spirit that is life, who becomes flesh and is true life-giver in fullness.

  Council 3rd input - Sr. Magdalena

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Today Francis directs our gaze to the obedience of the greater, who as lesser, as servant, is to be a servant of all. Obedience begins with love for one's own soul. It keeps God present in us. Our deepest impulses to love live in it, and there we ponder God's Word and the inspirations of His Spirit. Out of the soul our life is formed.

  Council 2nd input - Sr. Benigna

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God called St. Francis and inspired him to pass the Gospel message to the people of his time, just as He does to us in the present moment. Where evil, vices and sin were and are the order of the day, God is calling us to leave sin behind and work for a world of innocence of heart, seeking good in all, where peace and love are a sign of God’s love.

  Council 1st input - Sr. Deborah

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Francis speaks from his experience when he writes about prayer; he heard the words of Jesus as if he were sitting next to the Samaritan woman, listening attentively… In the clefts of the rock he would build his nest and in the hollow of the wall Song of Songs 2:14 his dwelling.

FRANCISCANS INTERNATIONAL · LETTERS

ROMANS V · LETTERS

IN PREPARATION FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY · 2022

  GA 2022 prayer on Theme - Sr. Deborah - April

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Highest, brightest God, enlighten the darkness of our hearts. Give us a faith that leads on, a hope that carries through, a love that excludes no one and nothing.


  GA 2022 prayer on Theme - Sr. Magdalena - March

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The kingdom of heaven truly belongs to those who, of their own will, a spiritual intention, and a desire for eternal goods, possess nothing of this earth.

  GA 2022 prayer on Theme - Sr. Joanne - February

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At the IFC-TOR General Assembly in May we will commemorate the 40th anniversary of our TOR Rule and Life.


  GA 2022 prayer on Theme - Sr. Benigna - January

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The Gospel according to Matthew exhorts us to love all equally with undivided heart.

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  Refugee Assistance

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Francis of Assisi exhorts us to have peace so deeply within our hearts that it overflows in our words and actions, and all will be moved to peace. Pope Francis says the same in another way, praying and calling all to “demilitarize our hearts.” These days of conflict and war in Ukraine shout out to us that peace begins and continues in the heart of each person. As followers of the man of Gospel peace, let us, led by his inspiration, be shining lights of the hope of peace, in whatever way God’s holy Spirit leads us to work to bring about peace within and without.

On behalf of the IFC-TOR welcome!
The IFC-TOR web site is conceived of as an instrument of collaboration and peace. It is a meeting point for those who wish to know about us and have news of the International Franciscan Conference-TOR.
It hopes to be a source of information and a means to know the history of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular, the aims of the Conference, in how many and which countries of the world they are present members, their addresses and information about each associated Institution.
In addition the site has the messages issued during the last General Assembly (a meeting held every four years in Assisi).
The IFC-TOR publishes a periodical Propositum, as a further means of sharing the message of the Franciscan Family.

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