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Thematic Guide for Formation Programs (2023)

Dear OFS brothers and sisters, National Councils, Peace and Good, The Secretariat for Formation presents this “Thematic Guide for Formation Programs”. We hope that all national councils will pass this material on to our local fraternities and encourage its dissemination and implementation. Your brothers and sisters. CIOFS Formation Secretariat Thematic Guide for Formation Programs (2023) …

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Koinonia 2022_4

With this last issue of Koinonia we conclude our journey on “the Secular Franciscans on the way in the Synodal Church” by dealing with the theme of “Witness of life as vocational promotion for the Secular Franciscans”. Witness of life, that ‘involves the conversion of the heart, attracted, conquered and tranOFSrmed by the One who …

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Koinonia 2022_3

In keeping with the 2021-2023 synodal process, we thought it would be important to call the attention of Secular Franciscans to the importance of living their faith in a spirit of communion, participation, mission and true witness of gospel life in the Church, in the world of work and in the family. The best way …

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SECULAR FRANCISCAN LEADERSHIP FRATELLI TUTTI: SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP AS A WAY OF EVANGELIZATION FOR THE OFS Fr. Pedro Zitha, OFM Introduction We are living in a period in which individualism has become the “modus vivendi” and, consequently, the value of safeguarding the brother no longer makes sense. The other or the others no longer count anything; …

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The Family And Caring For Our Common Home

The Family Commission wishes to propose the following theme for the fraternities, keeping in mind the great challenges that we are facing today. THE FAMILY AND CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME PDF of this reflection Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis Consilium Internationale FAMILY COMMISSION Silvia Diana OFS Translation: Mary Stronach, OFS   The Family Commission wishes to …

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SECULAR FRANCISCAN LEADERSHIP 800 years of Memoriale propositi: the relevance for OFS Fr. Alfred Parambakathu, OFMConv. Introduction It is merely common sense to see that any legal document, written some eight hundred years ago, taken solely in its literal sense, cannot guide the life of a group of people in present day, unless that group …

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Course on Laudato Si on Franciscan JPIC Website

Inter-Franciscan Commission for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (informally known as Romans VI) has turned a webinar on “Laudato Si” into an online self-study course. The “Laudato Si” Action Platform course incorporates video, PowerPoints and text from the webinar’s morning and afternoon presentations. The morning presentations are posted, with the afternoon session expected …

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SECULAR FRANCISCAN LEADERSHIP SAINT JOSEPH, “SHADOW OF THE FATHER” Introduction We link almost immediately Saint Joseph to the virtues of silence and work, but probably not so immediately to our ideas of husband and father. Yet, he is the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the father of Jesus. This year, the Church commemorates …

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