III Gathering of ofm Apostolic Vicars and Prelatures with the Minister General and Definitory
The III Gathering of the Minister General and his Definitory with the Apostolic Vicariates, Prefectures, Prelatures, and other missionary territories entrusted by the Holy See to the Order of Friars Minor took place from September 30 to October 1 at the General Curia. The other two previous gatherings were held in both 2006 and 2008.
The following were present at this meeting: the Apostolic Vicars of Beni (Bolivia), Requena (Peru), Zamora (Ecuador), San Ramon (Peru), Nuño de Chaves (Bolivia), Benghazi (Libya), Aleppo (Syria), and Galapagos (Ecuador). Also present were the prelates of the Prelature of Aiquli (Bolivia), Nayar (Mexico), the Archbishop of Tangier, and the Bishop of Djibouti. Also in attendance were the Provincial Ministers of the Provinces of St. Francis Solano of Peru, of St. Anthony of Bolivia, St. Paul of Malta, of Jalisco (Mexico), two representatives of the Holy Land, the Custode of Morocco, and the Minister General, Br. José Rodríguez Carballo with the members of the General Definitory. Unfortunately, 3 Apostolic Vicars of Vicariates entrusted to the Order, for various reasons, were not present at this gathering.
In the morning of Sept. 30, the Minister General, Br. Jose, presented the theme of the gathering, that is, Opting for the Poor Church. Our Presence in the Vicariates and Prelatures Entrusted to the Order in light of the General Chapter of 2009. The gathering was like a “seminar”, where participants divided into three groups: one for those working in the Amazon region; another for Islamic countries; and the third for those working in other contexts. On Oct. 1, late in the afternoon, the Minister General presided over the Closing Mass of the Gathering.
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