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Order of Friars Minor

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.

Conference for Provinces in Spain and Portugal

Posted on 15 May, 2016

Conference for Provinces in Spain and Portugal

From May 1-4, 2016, CONFRES (Conference for Provinces in Spain and Portugal) spent annual interprovincial week entitled “Friars and Minors today.” The meetings were held in Madrid at the House of spirituality of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Mother of the Divine Shepherd. Approximately 40 Friars from the four Provinces of the Conference attended. The themes for reflection presented by some speakers allowed the participants to discuss and dialogue on the future of religious life, the fundamental dimension of the brotherhood and the relationship between religious and spiritual formation, and the influence of social learning on the consecrated life. The Conference dedicated a good deal of time to sharing and processing everything regarding life in the provinces and shared projects. (more…)

Eighth Centenary of the Pardon of Assisi

Posted on 11 May, 2016

Eighth Centenary of the Pardon of Assisi

The year was 1216. A little man called Francis went to Pope Honorius III, and asked for a special dispensation to help people in their search for salvation. This is the origin of the Portiuncula Indulgence, also called the “Pardon of Assisi.”

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General Minister visits the Custody of the Immaculate Conception in Venezuela

Posted on 6 May, 2016

General Minister visits the Custody of the Immaculate Conception in Venezuela

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…)

Visit of the Minister General to the Province of St. Anthony, Bolivia

Posted on 29 Apr, 2016

Visit of the Minister General to the Province of St. Anthony, Bolivia

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…)

Major meeting of the Franciscan Family in Alenquer, Portugal

Posted on 28 Apr, 2016

Major meeting of the Franciscan Family in Alenquer, Portugal

On April 25th, an important National Meeting of the Franciscan Family took place in Alenquer, Portugal. Several hundred people who share the charism of the “Poverello of Assisi” gathered from all parts of Portugal in a friendly and fraternal environment. In a way, it was a “return to the origins” – a reminder of the days when St. Francis of Assisi met his brothers at the famous “Chapter of Mats“.

This event marked 800 years of Franciscan presence in Portugal, which began in the village of Alenquer with the arrival in 1216 of Brs. Walter and Zacharias, who first stayed in the Hospice of St. Catherine and, years later, founded the Friary of St. Francis. Since that time, Franciscans have communicated a message of peace, with the hope of sowing peace in the hearts of men and women. (more…)

The General minister visits the brothers in Cuba

Posted on 27 Apr, 2016

The General minister visits the brothers in Cuba

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…)

Meeting of the Provinces of “Cono Sur”

Posted on 15 Apr, 2016

Meeting of the Provinces of “Cono Sur”

The three southernmost OFM Provinces of Latin America (two in Argentina and one in Chile) make up the “Cono Sur” Conference. The Definitories and Formation Councils from each of the Provinces met from April 4th to 8th, 2016, in San Rafael (Argentina) in order to work on their decision to set up an interprovincial novitiate. The meeting was also attended by friars who will be part of the planned novitiate fraternity, in addition to the General Secretary for Formation and Studies, Br Cesare Vaiani, who shared his insights on the challenges of Formation today, and on the importance of Provinces working together. (more…)

The Minister General Visits the Friars of Papua New Guinea

Posted on 16 Feb, 2016

The Minister General Visits the Friars of Papua New Guinea

The Minister General, Br. Michael Perry, OFM together with the Definitor General for Asia, Australia and Oceania, Br. Greg Redoblado, OFM, visited the friars of the Custody of St Francis of Assisi in Papua New Guinea (PNG) from Feb 5-14, 2016. They were welcomed with a traditional indigenous music and dance by the Secular Franciscans (OFS) and the friars of PNG led by the Custos, Br. Gianni Gattei, OFM.

The highlight of the visit was a two-day encounter of prayer, reflection and dialogue with all the friars of the Custody in preparation for their Custodial Chapter on Feb 15-19. A total of 35 friars including the novices came for the said encounter. Also present during the Visit were the Delegate General for the Custody, Br. Boby Vadakkal, OFM and the Custos of the Custody of the Herald of Peace, West Papua, Br. Gonsa Saur, OFM. (more…)

The Future of the Franciscans

Posted on 8 Feb, 2016

The Future of the Franciscans

An excerpt from an article published in the February 2016 issue of St. Anthony Messenger
by John Feister
For the full article visit stanthonymessenger.org

Father Michael Perry, OFM, general minister of the friars until at least 2021, has a vision of the future of the Franciscans. His vision is coming from the founder: “It’s clear from the beginning, where Francis prays before the crucifix: (more…)

The Project of a new Pontifical Franciscan University

Posted on 29 Nov, 2015

The Project of a new Pontifical Franciscan University

Dear brothers,
May the Lord give you peace!

In this letter we would like to inform you about a recent project which centres on the establishment of a new Pontifical Franciscan University in Rome… (more…)