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  Easter Letter · IFC-TOR

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Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular,
as we eagerly await the remembrance of the Resurrection of Christ from the dead next Sunday, we look back and reflect upon this past season of Lent during this year of the 800th anniversary of the Stigmata of St. Francis.
May the Resurrected Christ fill you this Easter with an inner peace that will transform you so that you can transform those you meet and that peace, hope and joy will radiate from you to them and into the world.

Celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Confirmation of the Regola Bollata of St. Francis of Assisi / IFC-TOR

  Letter from the General Ministers of the First Order and the Third Order Regular on the 750th Anniversary of the Death of St. Bonaventure

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The 750th anniversary of the death of the Seraphic Doctor (d. July 15, 1274), gives us an opportunity not only to remember and celebrate the service he rendered to the Order and the entire Church, but also to repropose him as a gift that is still valid for our time.

During his visit at the 1974 international conference celebrating the 700th anniversary, Pope Paul VI recommended St. Bonaventure “to all the children of the Church … so that, by careful meditation on his message, they may become an effective witness in the Church and in the world.”

  Letter about Propositum 2024 · Theme indicated: "Christ, St. Francis and the meaning of suffering in our modern world"

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The next issue of Propositum will be published on-line after Easter. In incorporating the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Stigmata of St. Francis, the theme for the Propositum will be “Christ, St. Francis and the meaning of suffering in our modern world”.

It will be a follow up of the last Propositum in that we are seeking the responses of Third Order members of the congregations on the topics addressed. We hope that the submissions will reflect the personal experiences of the authors.

  Letter pope Francis · To the Members of the Franciscan Family — The eighth centenary of the Regula Bullatta

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with joy in my heart that I wish to send you my best wishes on such an important occasion for the entire Franciscan Family, whose prayerful presence and filial closeness I have felt since the beginning of the Petrine Ministry. The eighth centenary of the confirmation of the Rule of the Friars Minor by Pope Honorius III which took place at the Lateran on November 29, 1223 is an auspicious occasion not only because it commemorates an historical event, but above all because it revives in you the same sp irit that inspired Francis of Assisi to strip himself of everything, and give rise to a unique and fascinating form of life since it is rooted in the Gospel and lived sine glossa.

May this jubilee be for each of you a time of inner rebirth, of a renewed missionary mandate for the Church which calls you to go out to meet the world where many brothers and sisters are waiting to be consoled, loved and cared for.

Therefore, moved by these sentiments, I am here to deliver you some exhortations that arise precisely from the words of the Poverello of Assisi, who advises his friars to “[…] observe poverty and humility and the holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ […]” (Regola bollata XII :4).

  Propositum 2023 / 2 — Latest Issue

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Theme · Christ, St. Francis and the Meaning of Suffering in Our Modern World

  Special Indulgence Announcement — for the Centenary Greccio 800

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Plenary indulgence on the occasion of the eighth centenary of "Christmas at Greccio" as experienced by Saint Francis of Assisi

During this Centenary, on 17 April 2023, we addressed the following petition to the Holy Father: "in order to promote the spiritual renewal of the faithful and increase the life of grace, we ask that the faithful receive a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions from 8 December 2023, the Solemnity of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to 2 February 2024, Feast of the Presentation in the Temple of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by visiting the churches run by Franciscan families throughout the world and stopping in prayer in front of the nativity scenes set up there.

Likewise, those who are sick or unable to participate physically can equally benefit from the gift of plenary indulgence, offering their sufferings to the Lord or carrying out pratices of piety."

The Apostolic Penitentiary favorably welcomed the request, granting the right to announce it publicly.
Therefore, in all the churches entrusted to us for pastoral care,
it will be possible for all the faithful
to receive a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions,
from 8 December 2023 to 2 February 2024.

  Booklet - Creating Your Nativity Scene with Pope Francis - Greccio and the 'O Antiphons'

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Francis of Assisi is credited with popularizing the nativity scene with a live re-enactment at Greccio 800 years ago.

For centuries, friars in Greccio, Italy, have gathered their habits tight against the cold of December and scurried into the cave-like chapel for evening prayer. In the flickering of candlelight, encouraged by Brother Draft, a single voice would rise in pitch and confidence as if scaling the mountain itself.

Chanted during 17-23 December, the O Antiphons recall titles of Jesus, the Messiah, that have echoed from seashores to mountain tops and from synagogues to chapels since Old Testament times.

Nestled within them, is a longing for the coming of Christ in glory, breathed afresh through the remembering of his first coming at Christmas.

(Friar Michael Lasky, OFM Conv. & Artist Friar Joseph Dorniak, OFM Conv.)

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  Testimony of Sr. Charity Katongo Nkandu (Representative of IFC-TOR for Franciscans International - FI) on October 3rd, the Italian National Day of Remembrance and Reception, in memory of all victims of migration

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Ten years since the tragic Lampedusa shipwreck in which 368 migrants, trying to reach Europe aboard a Libyan boat, lost their lives at sea.

Sr. Charity (FI): "Thanks to my experience of living and working as part of an inter-congregational community welcoming migrants in Caltanissetta, Sicily, this year I was invited to commemorations in Lampedusa as a spokesperson for the International Union of Superiors General (UISG).

While in Lampedusa, I was happy to take part in a panel discussion reflecting on what has changed, or not changed, in the past ten years for migrants arriving in Italy.

I also gave several interviews on the issues of migration and integration: I was interested to note that many journalists asked why the presence of religious communities is important in welcoming migrants, and I realized this is something that religious women understand, but perhaps don’t talk about enough.

Our main purpose, I believe, is to act as a bridge between immigrants and local people. I have experienced first-hand the negative attitudes and prejudices that many local communities hold until a trusted third party – often a sister or other religious figure – can gain their confidence and reassure them that immigration is an opportunity, not a risk."

  Feast of St. Francis — October 4, 2023

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Dear Sisters and Brothers, Peace and all Good!
As the Feast of St. Francis approaches amid this year in which we are remembering the 800th centenary of the First Order Rule and the first Christmas celebration at Greccio, my wish for you is that you may have a most blessed preparation for the Feast and a most joyous celebration.

At this time also, as the Church prepares for the momentous gathering of the Synod in Rome, I ask that you support the many delegates who will participate by your prayers and sacrifices.

Those who assemble at the synod need the support of our prayers and sacrifices so that they can put aside pre-conceived ideas and be open to the Holy Spirit and be enlightened to recognize the Will of God for the Church into the future.

  Letter to the Members about transition IFC-TOR office - position of executive director

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This September to October, a different transition will be taking place at the office of IFCTOR in Rome. Our faithful friend and secretary, Sister Margherita Merlino, will be retiring after many years of service to this conference.

Sister will be continuing throughout September and will be on call during October to assist with the transition of ministry to our new executive director. We welcome Ms. Emanuela Miceli as our new executive director.

Emanuela will begin her work at the IFC-TOR office September 11th and will work alongside Sister Margherita for the month of September. Emanuela has been most active in leading non-profit organizations in Italy and is fluent in Italian (native language) and English. She also knows Spanish well.

Word Youth Day · Lisbon 2023 / Franciscan youth groups (YouFra) gathering in Lisbon for a week of celebration of St. Francis

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular, many Franciscan youth groups (YouFra) from around the world are gathering in Lisbon for a week of celebration of St. Francis before the World Youth Day activities (Lisbon WYD is being held from August 1 to 6, 2023).

Sister Daisy, vice-president of IFC-TOR, will represent us at the many festivities including a trip to Fatima, a meeting with the youth and Minister Generals of the Franciscan Family discussing the themes and events of the centenary, a special celebration of the Portiuncula and a gathering of the young people for a Franciscan Village experience.

We pray that Christ who touched the heart of St. Francis with the words, “Rebuild my Church”, may also touch these young people and guide them to lives of service.

Peace and all Good !

   Some images of Sr. Daisy (vice-president of IFC-TOR), representer of the Conference at the WYD 2023

News from Lisbon

A meeting with the General Ministers of the Franciscan Family was held on day 5 of International Meeting YouFra Lisbon 2023, to dialogue on the Franciscan Centenaries and a discussion on realities that young people live, at the same time the YorFra international meeting was closed… Thank you OFS Fraternity and YouFra of Portugal for the welcome and the service given to all.”

Credits photos: YouFra Social Media

Websites

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THE FRANCISCAN CENTENARY 2023-2026 / LIVE STREAMING

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With the beginning of 2023, we entered the celebration of the Centenary Franciscan, which will unfold from 2023, with the remembrance of the approval of the Regula Bullata and the Christmas of Greccio, through 2024 (Stigmata), 2025 (Canticle of Brother Sun) and will culminate in 2026, with the centenary of the his “transit” from earth to heaven. The beginning of each year, from 2023 to 2026, will be marked by a common celebration of the six General Ministers of the Franciscan Family. A common celebration of the six General Ministers of the Franciscan Family of other representatives of the entire Franciscan family will be held on January 7, 2023 in Greccio. We invite you to follow that celebration, which will be streamed live and will also remain available on video.

More information and details visit Franciscan Centenary website

  CentenariFrancescani.org

    CHRISTMAS AT SGRECCIO – Liturgy of the beginning of the first Centennial 2023

The OFMCap Communications Office (@ofmcaptv) transmits the live streaming.

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AUDIENCE POPE FRANCIS / THE FRANCISCAN CENTENARY 2023-2026

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Pope Francis receives members of the Ecclesial Coordination for the 800th Anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi

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    POPE FRANCIS SPEECH

Address of the Holy Father Francis to the Members of the Ecclesial Coordination for the VIII Franciscan Centenary
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  ITALIANO  ·  ESPAÑOL  ·  PORTUGUÊS

    DIGITAL NETWORK

Audience   ·   Representative Members

The IFC-TOR was represented at the audience by Sr. Frances Marie Duncan (President) who attended in-person

  • Sister Dolores Caneo · Representative on the Centenary Committee
  • Sister Nancy Celaschi · Representative on the Peace and Justice Subcommittee of the Centenary Committee
  • Sister Charity Lydia Katongo Nkandu · Representative on the board of Franciscans International
  • Brother Paolo Nicosia, SA · Representative on the Evangelization and Mission Committee of the Centenary Sub-Committee
  • Sister Stefania Baneschi · (MOFRA) Representative for the Communications Subcommittee of the Centenary Committee
  • Sister Maria Rosani Becker · (MOFRA) Representative on the Formation Subcommittee of the Centenary Committee

REPORT ON REFUGEE AID   ·    from IFC-TOR Member Congregations

  Report 1 · Ukrainian Aid — SUORE FRANCESCANE INSEGNANTI

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The School Sisters of St. Francis in Slovakia and the Czech Republic were most directly involved in aiding the Ukrainian people fleeing from their countries. Other sisters contributed through donations and in Sicily some direct aid was also given. The generous donation given to us through the IFC-TOR was mainly used in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

  Report 2 · Ukrainian Aid — CONGREGATION THE SISTERS OF ST. ELIZABETH

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On behalf of our congregation the Sisters of St. Elizabeth, I would like to thank you for your generosity and the huge financial aid /Euro 14,000.00/ with the allocation to the aid of Ukrainian refugees in their country and neighboring countries.

  Report 3 · Ukrainian Aid — HERMANAS TERCIARIAS CAPUCHINAS DE LA SAGRADA FAMILIA DE WROCŁAW, POLONIA

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Since February. 24, 4.75 million of refugees have crossed the border into Poland, mostly women and children. Some have left for other European countries, or for the United States and Canada. Others, after some time, have returned to their homes, but an estimated 3 million are here in Poland. Across Europe there are currently about 5.8 million Ukrainian refugees.

  Report 4 · Ukrainian Aid — FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF THE SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY

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Information about the Ukrainian support from the Franciscan Sisters FCJM in Romania. I selected some photos from our sisters in Romania with three concrete aspects of Ukrainian refugee assistants. You find the information attached. Our sisters will continue their efforts by taking comprehensive care of the 3 women with their children but also in collaboration with others.

  Report 5 · Ukrainian Aid — FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF PENANCE AND CHRISTIAN CHARITY

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The Polish Province of the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of Penance and Christian Charity reports on the use of funds donated by the IFC TOR to provide assistance to those affected by the war in Ukraine. Thank you on behalf of the Polish Province of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Penance and Christian Charity, but also thank you especially on behalf of those who have benefited in various ways from the financial assistance donated by IFC TOR.

  Report 6 · Ukrainian Aid — SUORE DELL’ORDINE DI S. BASILIO MAGNO · BASILIANE

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Our Sisters have opened and received in their convents in Western Ukraine, Poland and Croatia around 90 persons. Most of them are women and children. They provide for them shelter, food and all other necessary things for living. The refugees are from different parts of Ukraine. Mostly from Eastern and Central Ukraine. Our communities in Croatia have also received 12 persons in their house. Mothers and children are mainly from the Western part of Ukraine who fleed after the first shelling in that area.

  Report 7 · Ukrainian Aid — SUORE FRANCESCANE MISSIONARIE DI GESÙ BAMBINO

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An unexpected situation was the beginning of the war between Russia and Ukraine, but the Church, always attentive to every conflict situation, immediately responded to the needs of so many people who from one moment to the next had to flee their nation, leaving everything behind to save the lives of their families and their own. To the heartfelt desire to collaborate with the local Church to respond to this humanitarian emergency [...]

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
as you know, many of our congregations have been assisting the refugees from the Ukraine.

Last year, a collection was taken up and a number of communities donated to the cause of helping these endeavors. The money collected was distributed to IFC-TOR congregations who were ministering directly to the refugees.

From time to time in the next few weeks, the IFC-TOR website will be featuring reports from the congregations that received the refugee funding.

They as well as the many refugees that are being helped are most grateful for the assistance.

S. Frances Marie Duncan, OSF · President IFC-TOR

⇲   IFC-TOR Communications

  Letter updatings concerning the position of executive director

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May the Holy Spirit who came anew upon us on this recent Feast of Pentecost fill your hearts and souls with each gift of which you have most need. We are writing with a few updates concerning the position of executive director. Our search resulted in several applicants, mostly from the United States and mostly native speakers of English. They came with a variety of expertise; some would qualify for an executive officer for many organizations with many levels of organization. Our first task will be to assess what exactly is needed by the members and their institutions. Next, she will help to develop the programs to help meet those needs. For that purpose, soon, you will receive a questionnaire regarding needs and talents to share. From this information, committees will be formed to start to produce what is needed by the members.

Franciscans International’s new website

For the past year and a half, Franciscans International has been working to build a website with one simple goal in mind: making our work more accessible to you.
We warmly invite you to have a look around and hope that you’ll share our enthusiasm. Before you visit, we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the new features that we are most excited about.

www.franciscansinternational.org

  Letter about Directory Members

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You will find the updated listing pdf version of the directory of the IFC-TOR, there is also an online version in the members only section. This is updated frequently as new elections take place or addresses change and we are notified of the changes. As in all things, it is only as accurate as the data submitted by the membership. May you continue to be blessed in your ministry of service and may you experience a deep and lasting peace during the remaining season of Lent into a joyous Easter season.

  TAU Series – Number / 20 — Latest Issue

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The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: Study Document prepared by Ilia Delio OSF and William Short OFM, 2001

“I was a stranger and you invited me”
  • Date: 30 March 2023
  • Time: 9.00 – 10.30 (New York) / 15.00 – 16.30 (Geneva)

We would like to invite you to a virtual Lenten retreat where we will reflect together on the Franciscan mission of care toward migrants and refugees. To guide us, we will hear from Sisters and Brothers working at the United States / Mexican border and representatives of the Franciscan family at the United Nations.

Register here

  Letter for IFC-TOR members to search for Executive Director

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Attached to this post, you will find an announcement for the Executive Director for IFC-TOR. From the last assembly, it was given as a clear direction that the council should seek out an executive director. This role would replace the secretary general position and would entail greater responsibility for IFC-TOR. This will be done “Ad Experimentum” until the next assembly so the statutes could be adapted to reflect this new position.

“Peace and all Good!”

⇲   Earlier Communications and Letters

  Letter November 2022 - Committee of the Franciscan Family

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Starting next year, we will begin the celebration of the Franciscan Centenary, which will run from 2023, with the commemoration of the approval of the Later Rule and the Christmas of Greccio, through 2024 (Stigmata), 2025 (Canticle of Brother Sun) and culminate in 2026, with the centenary of his "transitus" from earth to heaven. A joint celebration of the six Ministers General of the Franciscan Family it will take place in Greccio on 7 January 2023 at 11 a.m.

  Letter about Propositum 2023 · Theme indicated: "How living the Rule of St. Francis today brings Christ to Life in our world"

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At our last council meeting, we discussed the theme for the next issue of Propositum, which will be published on-line in late March/early April. In incorporating the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Rule of St. Francis and the first Christmas celebration at Greccio, the theme for the Propositum will be “How living the Rule of St. Francis today brings Christ to Life in our world”. Please send your articles / reflecting the personal experiences by January 31, 2023.

  Letter November 2022 - Committee of the Franciscan Family

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Starting next year, we will begin the celebration of the Franciscan Centenary, which will run from 2023, with the commemoration of the approval of the Later Rule and the Christmas of Greccio, through 2024 (Stigmata), 2025 (Canticle of Brother Sun) and culminate in 2026, with the centenary of his "transitus" from earth to heaven. A joint celebration of the six Ministers General of the Franciscan Family it will take place in Greccio on 7 January 2023 at 11 a.m.

  BOOKLET · Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Our Third Order Regular Rule — 1982-2022

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Prepared by Kathleen Moffatt OSF - Sponsored by Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia, Aston, PA • 2022

Representing thirty-seven countries on five continents: one hundred and ninety Superiors General with the T.O.R. Rule Work Group (incl. Margaret Carney osf and Thaddeus Horgan SA) at back of group with Sister Rose Cecilia and others were received by Pope John Paul II in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, March, 1982.
These members of the Rome Assembly, March 1-10, 1982, approved the new T.O.R. Rule.

  Letter · Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Our Third Order Regular Rule — 1982-2022

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“A Sacred Exchange of Desires, Commitments, and Prophetic Convictions”

Penitential Spirituality in the Franciscan Sources - Lino Temperini TOR. The Assisi Congress on Formation, 1977

For the sisters and brothers of the Third Order of Saint Francis the charism of penance is a LOVE must be responded to! This is the uncomplicated substance of Franciscan spirituality.

  Conference of the Franciscan Family - Message of Peace and fasting on October 11, 2022

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As we are gathered together in the city of St. Francis on the occasion of his feast, we send you our heartfelt request to stay attentive to the issue of peace at this very difficult time for humanity. We want to express our deeply felt concern for peace... “Nothing is lost with peace. Everything may be lost with war"

[This letter is published on the site in the following languages: ENGLISH, ITALIAN and SPANISH]

La Festa di San Francesco raduna ad Assisi tanti fratelli e sorelle della Famiglia Francescana. Vengono ad Assisi anche i Ministri generali che di solito colgono questa occasione per organizzare le sessioni di lavoro della Conferenza dei Ministri generali del Primo Ordine Francescano e del TOR, ed anche della Conferenza della Famiglia Francescana. Il raduno della Conferenza della Famiglia Francescana si è svolto nella mattinata del 03 ottobre 2022, presso la Domus Laetitiae. I Ministri hanno incontrato i membri della International Board of Directors della Franciscans International, hanno incontrato i membri del Comitato che si occupa della preparazione del Centenario francescano e hanno discusso il tema delle iniziative comuni per la GMG che si svolgerà a Lisbona prossimo anno.
Alla fine dell'incontro si è parlato della pace nel mondo, e i Ministri generali hanno proposto a tutti i membri della Famiglia francescana la preghiera e il digiuno come iniziativa comune (vedi la lettera in allegato).

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REPORT   ·    General Assembly 2022

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⇲  Press Release

  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.

⇲  Communications

  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.

MEDIA VIDEO   ·   Click to watch

General Assembly Opening

 — Sr. Deborah Lockwood
Welcome Message

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

CONFERENCES

Speakers and Panelists

 — 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

Speakers and Panelists

 — 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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PUBLICATIONS   ·    Propositum

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  Propositum 2023 / 2 — Latest Issue

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Theme · Christ, St. Francis and the Meaning of Suffering in Our Modern World

  Propositum 2023 / 1

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Theme · How living the rule of st. francis today - Brings Christ to life in our world

PUBLICATIONS   ·    TAU Series

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  TAU Series – Number / 20 — Latest Issue

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  TAU Series – Number / 19

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Christ Our Teacher: Love’s Wisdom - Reflection by Anthony Carrozzo OFM

FORMATION   ·    Study Manual of the Third Order Regular Rule

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CHAPTERS   ·    Tabs / English Language

  01 · Resource Manual TOR · Introduction

ResourceManualTOR_01-Introduction.pdf
ResourceManualTOR_01-Introduction.pdf

  02 · Resource Manual TOR · Penitential Movement

ResourceManualTOR_02-Penitential-Movement.pdf
ResourceManualTOR_02-Penitential-Movement.pdf

  03 · Resource Manual TOR · History and Development

ResourceManualTOR_03-History-and-Development.pdf
ResourceManualTOR_03-History-and-Development.pdf

  04 · Resource Manual TOR · Rule and Franciscan Spirituality

ResourceManualTOR_04-Rule-and-Franciscan-Spirituality.pdf
ResourceManualTOR_04-Rule-and-Franciscan-Spirituality.pdf

  05 · Resource Manual TOR · Commentary on the 1982 Rule

ResourceManualTOR_05-Commentary-on-the-1982-Rule.pdf
ResourceManualTOR_05-Commentary-on-the-1982-Rule.pdf

  06 · Resource Manual TOR · Ten-Twenty-Five-Years-Later

ResourceManualTOR_06-Ten-Twenty-Five-Years-Later.pdf
ResourceManualTOR_06-Ten-Twenty-Five-Years-Later.pdf

  07 · Resource Manual TOR · Sheet Music

ResourceManualTOR_07-Sheet-Music.pdf
ResourceManualTOR_07-Sheet-Music.pdf

  08 · Resource Manual TOR · Bibliography

ResourceManualTOR_08-Bibliography.pdf
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  09 · Resource Manual TOR · Third Order Saints

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FORMATION   ·    Study Guide on Encyclical FRATELLI TUTTI

HOW TO USE   ·    The 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

ENCYCLICAL FRATELLI TUTTI   ·    English Text

CHAPTERS   ·    Title / Writer

  Fratelli Tutti — Introduction

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Summary and quotes from the Encyclical · Pat McCloskey, OFM


  Fratelli Tutti — Chapter 1

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


  Fratelli Tutti — Chapter 2

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A Stranger on the Road · Father William Hugo, OFM Cap


  Fratelli Tutti — Chapter 3

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Envisaging and Engendering an Open World · Mary Esther Stewart, OFS


  Fratelli Tutti — Chapter 4

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A Heart Open to the Whole World · Margaret Carney, OSF


  Fratelli Tutti — Chapter 5

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A Better Kind of Politics · Michelle Balek, OSF


  Fratelli Tutti — Chapter 6

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Dialogue and Friendship in Society · Charlie McCarthy, OFM Conv.


  Fratelli Tutti — Chapter 7

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Paths of Renewed Encounter · Margaret Magee, OSF


  Fratelli Tutti — Chapter 8

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Religions at the Service of Fraternity in Our World · Fr. Jim Puglisi, SA

GUIDE POSTED AT   ·    Franciscan Organizations

ANNIVERSARY   ·    Memoriale Propositi 1221 ‒ 2021

PAPERS   ·    Speakers and Letters

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

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.

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Jubilee Celebration Input from the 2017-2022 Council

  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.


  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 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 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 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 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

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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.

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