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Albania National Council

Albania Celebrates National Chapter

The OFS National Chapter of the Emerging Fraternity of Albania has been celebrated in Bajze. Pavlin Ndreka has been elected national minister and vice minister Hana Kalj.

Ivory Coast National Council

Ivory Coast Holds Elective Chapter

The OFS National Fraternity of Ivory Coast celebrated its National Elective Chapter on January 24-25, 2020. Christophe Iobognon was elected as national minister and Ludovic Dah as international councilor.

Bust of Umiliana de' Cerchi

800th Anniversary of Blessed Umiliana de’ Cerchi in 2019

The Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) is celebrating the 800th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Umiliana de’ Cerchi, a Franciscan tertiary who lived and died in Florence, Italy (1219-1246). She was proclaimed blessed in 1694. Festivities took place throughout 2019, thanks to the Friars Minor Conventual at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. The …

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Painting of Veronica Antal

Secular Franciscan is beatified – Veronica Antal of Romania

NISIPORESTI, ROMANIA — A 22-year-old Romanian Secular Franciscan – Veronica Antal – was beatified Sept. 23, 2018 as a “martyr to chastity,” six decades after she was murdered while fighting off a would-be rapist during the Communist-era repression of the Catholic Church. Catholic News Service reported that Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Vatican Congregation …

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Secular Franciscan is beatified – School teacher Lucien Botovasoa of Madagascar

The Secular Franciscan Order participated in all the preparatory phases of the beatification ceremony. For the great Franciscan family – 1,000 secular and religious — it was a moment to live fraternal joy in one community…during three days of pilgrimage: 13, 14, 15 April 2018.  The pilgrimage began at a church near where Lucien lived …

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