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The Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue

Posted on 20 Feb, 2017 in Album, Evangelization

The Order’s Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue gathered at the General Curia from 13-17 February 2017. The Commission met to establish its agenda of activities and projects for the present sexennium, in support of the Order’s General Constitutions (a. 95, §§1-2) and Ratio Studiorum (aa. 70-74).

This was the first meeting of the Commission, and was organized by Br. Russel Murray, General Animator for Evangelization and President of the Commission. The Commission’s other members are:

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Franciscan Friar chosen to lead Lenten Retreat for the Pope

Posted on 16 Feb, 2017 in news

Br. Giulio Michelini, OFM, will lead meditations on the Gospel of Matthew’s passion, death and resurrection of Jesus for Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia for their Lenten retreat on March 5-10 at the Casa Divin Maestro retreat center in Ariccia.

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The “Piccolo Coro” (Little Choir) of the Antoniano of Bologna

Posted on 15 Feb, 2017 in news

The Piccolo Coro “Mariele Ventre” directed by Sabrina Simoni, is the most visible part of the Antoniano of Bologna and it is an expression of the values of this institution.

The Piccolo Coro is an opportunity to talk about all the typical values of the Franciscan world; The Piccolo Coro has a heart: taking care of others, singing good words to help people feel how it might be nice to share the way of life and the way of living of Francis of Assisi.

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“1517-2017” – First Chapter of Mats of the Friars Minor in Germany

Posted on 14 Feb, 2017 in news

Germany is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation (2017). The First Order of St. Francis recalls the division that took place in 1517 with the Pontifical Bull “Ite vos”, which divides the Order in two: the Conventual and the Observant Franciscans. Ten years later another Branch of the Order was born: the Capuchins.

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Br. Bill Short appointed Director of Collegium S. Bonaventurae

Posted on 13 Feb, 2017 in news

Br. William (Bill) Short has been appointed Director of the Collegium S. Bonaventurae – International Center for Franciscan Studies and Research, the successor of Quaracchi study center in Grottaferrata and is now at St. Isidore in Rome.

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News from Franciscan Missions, Waterford, USA

Posted on 11 Feb, 2017 in Album, news

The team at Franciscan Missions in Waterford, Wisconsin, announces the new look of its website, www.franciscanmissions.org. Upon entering the site, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the worldwide mission work of the Order.

Compelling stories, including a weekly blog, about the daily lives of Franciscan missionaries and the people they serve are featured.

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The Franciscans of France celebrate 800 years

Posted on 10 Feb, 2017 in news

The poet Br. Pacifico, one of the companions of St Francis of Assisi, established the first Franciscan Community in France at Vézelay in 1217, before continuing the journey to Saint Denis (Paris). After eight centuries, the Franciscan family counts in France today more than 3000 members (OFM, OFMConv, OFMCap., Poor Clares, Franciscan Sisters, and seculars of all ages).

The first Friars Minor sent by Francis of Assisi, have had a tremendous positive impact on the history of France and neighboring countries.

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Meeting of the General Definitorium with the African Conference

Posted on 9 Feb, 2017 in Album, Minister General

The annual assembly of the African Conference of Provincial Ministers and Custodes took place on 7-12 February 2017 in the House of the Dimese Sisters of Nairobi in Kenya. In line with the decisions of the General Chapter and the program of the General Definitorium for the next six years, the Assembly this year develops with the presence and animation of the General Minister and his Definitorium.

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