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Pan African Congress

Chapter approves budget for the next three years

Rome, November 19, 2021 | Press Announcement In order to carry on the work of the Order and the projects of the International Council of the OFS, the Chapter approved an annual budget that will increase in the next three years from 231,000 to 244,00 euros. This is the amount established and approved by the …

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Franciscan Youth

Chapter approves new CIOFS International Statutes ‘ad experimentum’

Rome, November 18, 2021 | Press Announcement The plenary assembly of the OFS General Chapter on Nov. 18 approved the modification of the International Fraternity Statutes ‘ad experimentum’. This means that during the next three years, its practical application will be evaluated before making a final decision at the next General Chapter. Although the modification …

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Elections Table

Capitulars re-elect minister general, elect new vice minister general and area councilors

Tibor Kauser, OFS, of Hungary has been re-elected minister general of the Secular Franciscan Order. He now begins his second six-year term. Mary Stronach, OFS, of the United States of America is the new vice minister general. Mary is a former USA international councilor who has been serving with the Order’s Presidency as an interpreter …

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Br. Michael Perry, OFM

CIOFS Presidency ends its service with mutual appreciation

Rome, November 16, 2021 | press announcement The CIOFS Presidency ended its service at the final afternoon session on Tuesday, November 16, before a plenary assembly of the General Chapter, after concluding its six-year term (2014-2020), one year later than expected because of the covid-19 pandemic. “We leave our mandate in your hands,” concluded Tibor …

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General Chapter participants at Vatican

Pope Francis tells OFS: ‘may you be men and women of hope’

“Let the Gospel, that is, Jesus Himself, shape your life,” Pope Francis told General Chapter participants in a private audience at the Vatican on Nov. 15. ” In this way you will take on poverty, minority and simplicity as your distinguishing marks before all.” “With this Franciscan and secular identity of yours,” he said, “you …

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Capitulars at work

The XVI General Chapter of the OFS Begins!

A total of 57 capitulars (delegates) started the work of the XVI General Chapter of the OFS, which began Saturday afternoon with the Opening Mass presided over by the TOR General Minister, Fr. Amando Trujillo. The Chapter, which also involves about 40 observers and about 20 fraternal volunteers, will end the six-year term (2014-2020), extended …

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Kanafa

Well4Africa invites you to become a donor of Kanafa water project in Ethiopia

by Virginija Mickute, OFS The main goal of Kanafa water project is to provide access to safe potable water for daily consumption (drinking, cooking, hand and body washing, laundry) and improve sanitation and health for 1,000 people (200 households), particularly for children under five, who are extremely vulnerable to diseases (diarrhoea, typhoid, intestinal parasites, etc.) …

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Afua

Help Well4Africa implement water projects like Afua

by Virginija Mickute, OFS Afua is a village in the North-West region of Cameroon. The village belongs to the Fuli-Kom parish which is part of the Bamenda Diocese. There is a local OFS fraternity of St. Clare and a few YouFra members in Afua. The population of 25,000 people consists of Christians and Muslims. Afua is …

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National "Casa" of Puerto Rico's National Fraternity

Latest Issue of Magazine Ready to View & Download

The summer/autumn issue of Vox Franciscana is now available for viewing and download. It features, among other things: the OFS in Puerto Rico celebrated the repair of their hurricane-ruined national “casa” (photo a above); the Orders celebrated “Memoriale Propositi”; Secular Franciscans operate the Teaching Garden in Sicily; A Secular Franciscan received the Volunteer’s Oscar in …

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