The Annual Meeting of the Minister General and his Definitory with the newly elected Ministers and Custodes for 2017 was officially opened with the celebration of the Eucharist presided over by the Vicar General, Br. Julio Bunader, OFM. The meeting is taking place at the General Curia in Rome and will run from Jan. 16 to 27. (more…)
The Feast Day of the PUA (Pontifical University, Antonianum) and of the Grand Chancellor (the OFM Minister General) will be held on January 16th, 2017. A full program has been drawn up to mark the event. Prof. Cavalli will chair the day and will introduce various speakers — Profs. Burigana and Sgroi of the PUA; the Lutheran Archbishop of Uppsala, Antje Jackelén; and the PUA Rector, Prof. Mary Melone, who will welcome the participants.
The celebrations will conclude with an afternoon performance of “Francis, dust of God”, by Riccardo Tordoni. (more…)
My dear brothers of the Order of Friars Minor,
and all brothers, sisters and friends of our Franciscan Family,
May the Lord give you all His peace!
The love of Christ, indeed, urges us on; it compels us to share with all members of the human family what we have seen and heard, namely that in Jesus Christ, God’s Word of love became flesh so that we may be reconciled to one another as His children and to Him as our Heavenly Father (cf. 1 John 1:3). This is our vocation – as Franciscans, yes. This is, after all, the Good News we profess as our Rule and Life. More fundamentally, this is our vocation as Christians, and in world crying out for news of just such love, it is a most fitting theme for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. (more…)
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who lived in a land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing. (Isaiah 9, 1-2)
My dear Brothers, and Friends of the Franciscan family,
May the Lord give you peace! It is with a feeling of great joy that I send you greetings of Christmas and New Year! We live at a time in history where storm clouds are appearing on every horizon, bringing with them tremendous suffering and uncertainty. (more…)
My dear brothers of the Order, members of the Franciscan movement, and friends of Franciscans,
May the Lord give you peace!
In celebrating the day world of the HIV-AIDS on December 1, we commemorate so many countless men and women that have died because of this disease and we renew our commitment to put end to new HIV infections. According to the “2015 AIDS figures”, prepared by UNAIDS, the world has stopped and reversed the spread of HIV. It has achieved a reduction of the epidemic. New HIV infections and deaths related with AIDS have decreased ostensibly from the maximum point of the epidemic. Now we want to take matters a step further: let’s put end to the epidemic by 2030.
To all the friars of the Order of Friars Minor
to the Poor Clares,
to the sisters to the brothers of the Secular Franciscan Order,
and to all women and men of good will
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father” (Matthew 18: 10).
The 2016 meeting between the Visitators General and the Minister General and his Definitory has concluded. The Visitators are thus officially sent to the Brothers of the various entities of the Order who will be holding their Elective Chapter. At the Concluding Mass, the Minister General encouraged the Visitators in these words: (more…)
On Saturday, November 12th, 2016, Br. Michael A. Perry OFM, Minister General, made a visit to the Poor Clare Monastery in Via Vitellia, Rome. Br. Michael was accompanied by Br. Fernando Mendoza Laguna OFM, Delegate General Pro Monialibus. The friars went there to visit the eight sisters from the Poor Clare Monastery in Rieti who had to move to Rome because of damage done to their monastery in the recent earthquakes, especially that of October 30th last. (more…)
With the celebration of the Mass, we begin our gathering of the General Visitators with the General Minister and the General Definitorium. We pray to be prepared to fulfill the office entrusted to us, in accordance with the guidelines of the order. Borrowing the words of the book of the Revelation, I wish “grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, …Jesus Christ, (1:4-5). We present ourselves to God so we might live these days in God’s presence and be enlightened by God’s Word. (Opening Mass Homily, Vicar General) (more…)
On October 14-16 2016, the General Minister of the Order of Friars Minor, Br. Michael A. Perry, OFM, along with the General Definitor for Slavic Conference, Br. Ivan Sesar, OFM, made a fraternal visit to the Graeco-Byzantine rite Foundation of All Franciscans Saints in the Ukraine, accompanied by Br. Antonin Brzakalik, OFM, Minister of the Province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Poland, on which the Foundation depends, and Br. Dmitri Zeglin, OFM, Provincial Vicar. The Foundation has about 20 friars. (more…)
On 26-27 September 2016, the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, Br. Michael A. Perry, accompanied by General Definitor for the UFME area, Br. Antonio Scabio, came to Santa Maria degli Angeli for a Fraternal Visit to the Seraphic Province of St. Francis of Friars Minor of Umbria. The visit, conducted together with the Minister Provincial, Br. Claudio Durighetto, and the Provincial Secretary, Br. Adriano Bertero, was divided into two packed days. (more…)
From October 12th to 14th, the Minister General, Br. Michael Perry, accompanied by Br. Ivan Sesar, General Definitor for the region, visited the Province of the Assumption BVM, a Province in Poland of about 300 friars, including 35 in Initial Formation.
On the 7-12 of October 2016 the General Minister, Br. Michael A. Perry, accompanied by General Definitor, Br. Ivan Sesar, made a fraternal visit to the province of the Immaculate Conception BMV in Poland. They were received solemnly on the evening of October 7 in an event chaired by the provincial Minister, Br. Jarosław Kania, at the entrance to the Church. Also present were the provincial Definitorium and the Krakow community. The ritual concluded with prayers at the tomb of St Simon of Lipnica and a blessing by the General Minister. (more…)
Our General Minister, Br. Michael A. Perry, presided at the Eucharist in the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi on October 4, 2016. In his homily, Br. Michael, through the recitation of the Canticle of the Creatures, reflected on the message that “we are not here to celebrate death rather we are gathered to celebrate life!”
On the same day, the OFM Conventual General Minister, Br. Marco Tasca, presided at the Eucharistic Celebration in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Porziuncola.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Dear men and women of good will,
May the Lord give you peace!
On our own behalf, and that of our confrères who live in the Middle East, especially in Syria, in a region which is experiencing terrible warfare and violent conflicts, we wish to express our gratitude to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for his unwavering closeness to the Syrian people at a time when they are undergoing unspeakable suffering, particularly both in the east and west of the city of Aleppo.
On September 29th, the Feast of the Archangels, the friars celebrated the Feast Day of the Minister General, Br. Michael A. Perry, OFM. The celebration began at 6:00pm in the General Curia with the Eucharist presided by the Minister General himself. (more…)
Saint Francis: an attentive, welcoming, and accepting brother.
May the Lord give you peace!
As we celebrate the feast of Francis, our holy founder, father, and brother, we continue to feel drawn to him as a person, attracted by his message and how he lived it. Through his radical gospel life, his personal authenticity, and his courteous, fraternal connection with every being that surrounded him, St. Francis is an inspiration to humanity, evoking a deep bond of love and respect with the Church, with society and the whole of creation. (more…)
“… we find love and pain, which form the heart of Christian life: Francis has the lucidity and the courage to ask the Lord, because he knows that this is the narrow way that leads to true joy. Each of us, today, with Francis, repeat this prayer. ” The general Minister, Br. Michael Perry asked his listeners to make this commitment in the homily on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Stigmata of St. Francis at La Verna on September 17, 2016. (more…)
The Caribbean Custody “Holy Mary of Hope” held its annual meeting with the attendance of the Minister General Br. Michael A. Perry in the Mission House Claret of Puerto Rico, from the 3th to the 8th of September. (more…)
From 1-3 September 2016, the General Minister Br. Michael Perry, accompanied by the General Definitor Br. Ignacio Ceja, visited the brothers living in Haiti.
The Minister of the Central American Province, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Br. Edwin Alvarado, to which the Foundation of Holy Cross in Haiti belongs, was also present during the visit. (more…)
Letter of the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor for the feast of Saint Beatriz de Silva (in Spanish).
The Portiuncula Indulgence and the Jubilee Year of Mercy
Two important events are marked during 2016: the anniversary of the date traditionally associated with the granting of the Portiuncula Indulgence, which was inspired by St. Francis’ wish that “everyone be brought to heaven”, and the celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy, inspired by the Pope who bears St. Francis’ name.
May the Lord give you peace!
Every year as August approaches, I begin to wonder what our Father Francis wants me to say to you, whom he loved to call the Poor Ladies. He was never eager to preach to you, as you know, because he had confidence in your commitment to the Gospel, as well as in the leadership of St. Clare. This confidence endures and I write simply, sharing what is in my heart and on my mind. I write as a loving brother (more…)
Dear young Franciscans all over the world, may the Lord give you peace!
Our Seraphic Brother Saint Francis showed himself to be a true lover of God’s mercy. Finding himself deeply loved by the “Father of Mercies” (Cf. 2 COR 1.3) while still in his youth, the poor man of Assisi allowed this virtue to embrace his life and become in him availability, movement and liberation. Francis himself manifested this dynamism when he writes in his Testament that the Lord led his heart so he could go among the lepers, giving and receiving mercy (Cf. Test 2-3). (more…)
Friar Michael Anthony Perry visited the custody of Venezuela from 29 April to 02 May, 2016. He arrived in Caracas along with the general Definitor, Friar Valmir Ramos. They were received by the brothers of the custody with their Custos, Friar Joel Alcides Castro. Friar Michael was accompanied by Friar Ernesto Chambi Cruz, from the province of the Twelve Apostles of Peru, the appointed general Visitator. The Custody of the Immaculada is dependent on the province of Santiago de Compostela and consists of 23 solemnly professed, 4 simply professed and one novice. (more…)
The Ministers, custos of Latin America came together to celebrate the 24th plenary Assembly of UCLAF (Union of Latin American Franciscan Conferences) in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, from 25 to 29 April.
20 ministers, 4 custos, 2 provincial vicars and the President of the Foundation in Haiti gathered at the Franciscan Center of the missionary province of San Antonio in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. The general Minister, Br. Michael Perry, the General Definitors Br. Valmir Ramos and Fr. Ignacio Ceja, as well as the general Secretary for the missions and evangelization Br. Luis Gallardo also participated in the meeting.
The work of the Assembly was kicked off when the President of the UCLAF Br. Juan Medina welcomed everyone and called them to be guided by the Holy Spirit and to make decisions not only from the desktop or from the ideas, but from the Gospel and from the Latin American reality. (more…)
The Minister General, Br. Michael A. Perry, and General Definitor, Br. Valmir Ramos, have made a fraternal visit to the friars in Bolivia. They were hosted from April 18th to 24th by Br. Orlando Cabrera, Minister Provincial of a fraternity that began in 1985, and is made up of 121 friars from Bolivia and abroad.
The Province headquarters is situated in Cochabamba, but the friars are located throughout Bolivia, and are responsible for parishes, schools, two shrines and three Vicariates. The Minister Provincial, friars Orlando Cabrera, with some Definitors, he received Between Br. Michael and accompanied him on the visit.
Br. Michael began his visit in St. Anthony Friary, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, meeting the brothers who live in the north and east of Bolivia. These friars, although ageing and being few in number, faithfully serve the mission in those areas. He then took time to share the vision and plans of the entire First Order with a group of Conventual and Capuchin friars. Before leaving Santa Cruz, Br. Michael met with the eight Franciscan Bishops in Bolivia, three of whom are responsible for Vicariates. (more…)
From 14 to 17 April the general Minister Br. Michael Perry visited the brothers living in Cuba, accompanied by Br. Gerardo Vargas, Custos of the custody of Santa María de la Esperanza of the Caribbean, to which Cuba belongs. He was also accompanied by Br. Juan Mari Martínez Ilarduia, Minister of the Province of Arantzazu to which custody is dependent, and Br. Ignacio Ceja, general Definitor.
There is a single community of our order, which lives in the friary of San Antonio de La Habana in Cuba. This comminity is constituted by five Cuban brothers: Br. Frank Dumois 86 years old, Br. Félix Padrón 75, Br. Frank Miki 45, and two temporary professed brothers, Br. Luis and Br. Maikel, 40 and 36 years of age, respectively. Also living with them is a young aspirant named Yosvany. (more…)
My dear Brothers in Ecuador,
May the Lord give you his peace!
On behalf of all the friars of the Order, I simply want to express our fraternal solidarity with you at this time of suffering and distress, the result of the serious earthquake that struck your country just a few days ago.
We are united in spirit as we pray for those who have lost their lives because of this terrible tragedy, for those who have been injured, and for all those who have lost their loved ones, as well as their homes.
Likewise, we want to offer our support to you, dear brothers of the Province of St. Francis in Quito. We think especially of those who live in the areas most affected, and who carry out pastoral work there, those involved in the rescue operation, and your families. We hope that you can respond to this disaster as quickly as possible. (more…)
Dublin, 23 March 2016
Dear brothers who are in Belgium,
The Lord give you His peace!
On behalf of all the Friars of the Order I am writing to you to express our solidarity in prayer in this time of great sorrow, violence and insecurity that are consequences of the attacks to Brussels that took place yesterday morning, March 22, 2016. (more…)
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