The Order of the Friars Minor is composed of friars, who are incorporated in Provinces and Custodies and governed by the Minister General with his Definitory (Council) The Rule of the Friars Minor confirmed by Pope Honorius III (1223) is the basis of the life and the laws of the Order.
The Order is present in 110 countries and is organized in 103 Provinces, 8 autonomous Cutodies, 14 dependent Custodies, 20 Foundations and 1 Federation. The Provinces and autonomous Custodies are governed respectively by the Provincial Minister and his Definitory, by the Custodian and his Council, elected by the Provincial or Custodial Chapter. The Provinces of one or more geographical areas form a Conference. In the Order of Friars Minor there are 14 Conferences of Provincial Ministers.
In October 14-28 was unfold our annual Course of on-going Formation about ecumenical e interreligious Dialogue in Istanbul. The participants came from Italy, Mexico, Brazil and United Kingdom, all of them with wide experience of life in international communities and in activities of interreligious dialogue. The group wasn’t big, but their sharing was very rich deeping the own experience in the origin country of in other places where they work: Morocco, Russia, Rodas Island and General Curia ofm. (more…)
The Holy Father appointed Fr. Georges Abou Khazen, O.F.M., as apostolic vicar of Alep of the Latins, Syria, at the same time elevating him to the dignity of bishop. Bishop-elect Abou Khazen was born in Ain Zebdeh, Lebanon in 1972 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1973. He has served as parish priest in Bethlehem and in Jerusalem, and is guardian and parish priest of St. Francis in Aleppo and vicar general for the north of Syria. (more…)
The Holy Father appointed Fr. Aureo Patricio Bonilla Bonilla, O.F.M., as apostolic vicar of Galapagos, (area 8.010, population 25,124, Catholics 18,850, priests 11, religious 13), Ecuador. The bishop-elect was born in Riobamba, Ecuador in 1968 and was ordained a priest in 1996. He holds a doctorate in canon law from the Antonianum Pontifical Athenaeum University of Rome, and has served in a number of roles, including president of the institutes and centres of Franciscan theological study of Latin America; secretary for formation of the Bolivarian Franciscan Conference; (more…)
On the last day, October 25, the UFME General Assembly (Union of Friars Minor of Europe) elected the following new Permanent Council:
Br. Miljenko Šteko (SLAS) – President
Br. Michel Laloux (COTAF) – Vice President (more…)
Early this morning Br. Barnabas Hechich died. He was a good collaborator for many years and then President of the Scotus Commission in Rome. (more…)
From 21-25 of October, 2013, at the “The Canticle” Hotel located in Rome, the XI General Assembly of the Union of Friars Minor of Europe (UFME) will gathered together. Participating in the Assembly are 49 Provincial Ministers, coming from different European countries, and 4 Secretaries of the Conference. Also were invited were 5 Definitories General of the Order, delegates to the Conference on the European territory. (more…)
The meeting of the Provincial Ministers of Italy and Albania (COMPI) during its session of October 11, renewed the council of the Conference by electing: Br. Sabino Iannuzzi, Provincial Minister in Benevento, as President; Br. Antonio Scabio, Provincial Minister in Venice, as Vice President, Br. Carlo Serri, Provincial Minister in Abruzzo, as Councilor for the area of Central Italy, Br. Agostino Esposito, Provincial Minister in Naples, as Councilor for the area south of Italy. The Council will have a term of three years. (more…)
We celebrated the Eucharist in the parish church of St. Francis of Assisi in the city of the Assumption with the Vicar General of the Order of Friars Minor, Br. Julius Caesar Bunader, OFM, the Minister Provincial of the Province of Arántzazu, Br. Joan Mari Ilarduia , OFM , Minister Provincial of the Province of the Assumption , Br. Enid Gutiérrez José Olmos, OFM, the Custos of the Custody Br. Luis Bolaños , Br. Iñaki Galarraga , OFM, Minister provincial of the Province of St. Michael, Br. Sergio Carballo, OFM, and brothers representatives of the Entities with whom we are integrating. (more…)
In the House of Peace, at the Franciscan convent of Rama/Šćit (Bosnia and Herzegovina), from September 23-25, the two Slavic Conferences of Provincial Ministers met. Such meetings are fairly regular between the two conferences which live and work in a very similar situation with different problems and challenges which they face and solve together. In attendance were all the Provincial Ministers, the secretaries of both conferences and the General Definitor, Br. Ernest K. Siekierka. (more…)
The Holy Father appointed Fr. Joao Inacio Muller, O.F.M., as bishop of Lorena (area 5,055, population 293,000, Catholics 223,000, priests 69, permanent deacons 14, religious 150), Brazil. The bishop-elect, previously provincial minister of the Friars Minor of the province “Sao Francisco de Assis”, was born in Santa Clara do Sul, Brazil in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1988. (more…)