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We make the climb to La Verna because we want to touch Christ’s wounds | Feast of the Stigmata,2018

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Minister General, Br. Michael A. Perry delivered this homily at La Verna during the celebration of Mass for young people on the vigil of the Feast of the Stigmata of St.Francis, September 16th2018.

First of all, I would like to thank you for once again accepting the invitation to climb Monte della Verna this year. Let’s try to answer what it means to climb this holy mountain, what practical impact might the making such a journey have on our lives?

Climbing La Verna is climbing Calvary, which is the place that witnessed one of the greatest events in human history. Itis certainly the place of victory over sin and death, but before that it is the place of suffering and agony; it is the place of the death of the innocent. We climb La Verna because we want to touch the wounds of Christ— in other words,whatever causes pain, anguish, uncertainty,frequent discouragement and (why not?) a sense of failure. We climb this mountain because we want to understand the paradox that St. Paul offers us in his letter when he tells us that the only thing that we can boast about is the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to us, and we to the world.

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In a world where exclusion and marginalization are the order of the day, where populist and xenophobic mentalities are increasing, and the geopolitical climate is fragile, it is urgent that we direct our gaze to the wounded Christ in order to combat the phantom of fear that hammers at our doors, preventing us from welcoming human beings in a spirit of solidarity. These people must leave their homelands to come into a new situation, against their will and for reasons that are little understood.

Let’s try to imagine that instead of those 177 people who were on the ship “Diciotti” on August 20th last in Catania, we were the ones who had to suffer the indifference of the political arm-wrestling that was unmoved in the face of such pain. Imagine if we were living in a hellish exile where oppression, exploitation, and even loss of freedom, were all present. You surely heard that one of the rescued children was living in the dark for a whole year. Then, as if all this were not enough, it took five days to disembark these people while the whole world could see that the situation on the ship was becoming more and more critical. How would we have felt if we had to suffer all this? Could we have endured? Would we survive? I invite you to participate in an act of solidarity—putting ourselves in the shoes of those people soas to awaken within us feelings of pity and compassion.

Dear friends, this is one of the stigmata that today we are invited to acknowledge in our body. To paraphrase the words that Saint Paul gave us in the First Reading, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, nor does coming from this country or that country, being Europeans, Americans, or Africans, or being part of a robust and sustainable economic community; no, what matters is being a new creature. Be new creatures! Be men and women who can embrace with great love what the world wishes to discard, because they are seen by many as unwanted and a nuisance.

 

For the entire homily (in Italian), click here.

ÉVKÖZI XXIV. VASÁRNAP

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2018. szeptember 16. évközi XXIV. vasárnap, B év

 

1. A hét ünnepei:
Hétfő: Szent Ferenc atyánk stigmatizációja. Ferences ünnep. Szentmise 18 órától;
Péntek: Szent Máté apostol és evangélista. Ünnep. Szentmise 18 órától.

2. Széki Leánytábor szeptember 21–23. között. Szeretettel várjuk az érdeklődőket!

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The Order revitalizes its presence in Cuba

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On May 15thlast, three friars arrived in Havana, Cuba, to form a new international fraternity in Holy Cross parish. As well as offering support to the Cuban members of the Custody of St. Mary of Hope (3 Solemnly Professed friars and 6 in Initial Formation), Brs. Manuel Pineda (from Guatemala), Francisco Gearóid Ó Conaire (from Ireland), and Jesús Aguirre Garza (from Mexico) will explore possible future presences and ministries. Their criteria will be the needs of the local church, discerned in line with our Franciscan charism, guided by the Order’s document, ‘Ite Nuntiate’, and with an emphasis on Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC).

Other friars have expressed interest in being part of this initiative. In dialogue with the Custos, Br. José Santos Pérez ofm, friars are encouraged to come, visit, and discern for three months before making a final decision.

The fraternity will present proposals regarding present and future international initiatives in Cuba to the Custos and the Minister General in July 2019. In the meantime, as well as serving in a parish, they will meet with many people and groups around the country, as well as experiencing Cuban realities first-hand.

For further information, please contact Br. Luis Gallardo OFM, General Secretary for Missions at lgallardo@ofm.org or Ignacio Ceja OFM (General Definitor) at iceja@ofm.org

All are welcome!

Pardon of Assisi 2018: “Destroy the walls that divide and separate”

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From an interview by Riccardo Benotti | agensir.it

“Today more than ever, the Feast of Pardon invites us to commit ourselves to the lives of all those who suffer in the world. Today’s politicians are driven by the search for a consensus and a populism that threatens to lead this world more and more towards selfishness and closing in on itself. On the other hand, the Lord urges us to return to the source of our faith “. Br. Michael A. Perry, General Minister of the Order of Friars Minor, has just concluded the celebrations for the Assisi Pardon. “The policy of closure is caused by ‘fears’ that are not based on real facts, but on often erroneous interpretations that are likely to generate collective hysteria. This hysteria – he explains – is an induced phenomenon that provokes people and gives them permission to treat the stranger or different no longer as human persons, but as animals or savages “.”

How can a tradition that is over 800 years old still be current?

First, because the Franciscan charism is based on evangelical values, such as simplicity, humility, truth, honesty of life and thought, sharing, forgiveness. The Gospel is forever because it is the living Word that enlightens human beings. Moreover, St. Francis embraced principles that are for every age: respect for others and for creation, fellowship, welcome, care of others, friendliness, tenderness, the way of seeing others as sons and daughters of God, as images of God.

It seems that there is a lessening of the sense of sin and the practice of confession (the sacrament of reconciliation) in our society.  So why do so many people feel the desire to ask for pardon and forgiveness?

There is always goodness in the human heart. It always holds a seed of love and above it has a conscience that tells it what is just and what is the right think to do or to think and what is wrong, unjust, sinful. Sometimes there is the idea that everything is sinful and other times, however, that nothing is a sin. Still, we know thatsin is a lack of love for God and for people.

Then there are many who perceive this lack and seek confident forgiveness in God who is mercy. The practice of confession is a gesture of humility in which the person recognizes who she or he truly is before God.

There are those who claim the Assisi Pardon and such practices are simply the fruit of a popular religiosity that does not transform people’s lives …

The Church and Pope Francis recognize signs of true faith in popular devotions.

It is up to the organizers to make sure that that religiosity or devotion moves the practitioners to the truth of God and the Gospel.

Regarding the life transformation, it is enough to ask the people who have participated several times and have experienced the grace of pardon.

Who are the pilgrims asking for pardon?

Usually they are people who walk a spiritual path and have the desire to grow and mature in the faith and in works where love is lived concretely.

Do you have any particular memories linked to the Assisi Pardon?

Assisi has become a reference in the world for interreligious dialogue, for prayer for peace, for the search for pardon, forgiveness and reconciliation. Usually in the celebration of the Assisi Pardon, people overcome certain difficulties in interpersonal relationships.

I have often seen people hugging each other and asking for mutual forgiveness.

Today people need this type of forgiveness that becomes a bridge for drawing near to each other and destroys the walls that divide and separate us.

 

The original text (in Italian) may be read here: agensir.it

Faith Education in Terra Santa College | Franciscans, Youth and Faith

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The teaching of religion is compulsory in schools in Jordan. The Terra Santa College carries out this teaching distinctly to both Christians and Muslims. Education in the Christian faith of the students of Terra Santa College takes place mainly under two aspects: one theoretical and the other practical.

Regarding the first aspect the Christian religion is taught to all Christian students for three hours a week, one of these is dedicated either to prayer, or to watching a film about the life of Saints. For our Christian students we follow the programme of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, while for Muslims the programme of the Government Ministry.

The practical aspect aims to develop in our students what they have learned during their lessons and to learn how to live it out; particularly evangelical charity. The various activities, which are coordinated by the teachers of each department, take place both inside the school and outside, and both Christian and Muslim students participate. I note just a few examples:

  • Pilgrimages to places such as the Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo, the site of the baptism, and to Our Lady of Anjara;
  • Initiatives to help the poor and needy;
  • When the month of fasting for Muslims (Ramadan) occurs during the school year, Iftar are organized in which all the students participate in a joyful family atmosphere.

 

Two activities, which we do in collaboration with the “King Hussein Cancer Centre” and the “Tkiet Um Ali”, characterise our College, by sensitizing students to the value of volunteer work.

Through these programs we try to educate our students about human and spiritual values, solidarity, fraternity, coexistence, and respect for others in order to be good citizens.

For more information about this ministry, please visit their website: www.terrasanta.edu.jo

Br. Rashid Mustrih, ofm
College Principal

This article is part of a series profiling the work that friars are doing throughout the world to accompany young people in faith. These stories are only a sample of the ways countless friars walk with young people today.  As we Franciscans prepare for the 2018 Synod of Bishops Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. May these stories inspire all who read them to an ever-deeper commitment to sharing the Joy of the Gospel with our young sisters and brothers.

Capuchin Franciscans Elect New General Minister

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On 3 September 2018, Br. Roberto Genuin, OFMCap was elected General Minister of the Capuchin Order.

Br. Roberto was born on September 20, 1961 in Falcade, a town in the Belluno civil province of the Italian region of Veneto. At eleven years old he entered the Seraphic Seminary of Castelmonte (Province of Udine). He made the year of novitiate in Lendinara (Province of Adria-Rovigo). Br. Roberto made temporary religious profession on October 3, 1980 and perpetual profession on June 30, 1985. In 1986 he completed the bachelor of sacred theology summa cum laude at the Laurentianuminter-provincial theologate in Venice. Br. Roberto was then ordained priest in his home parish in Falcade on June 27, 1987. As a member of our International College in Rome from 1991 to 1996, Br. Roberto completed the research doctorate in utroque iureat the Pontifical Lateran University.

For more information on the election: www.capitulum2018.ofmcap.org

In a letter dated 5 September 2018, Minister General, Br. Michael A. Perry, on behalf of the General Definitory and the Brothers of the Order, congratulated the newly elected General Minister and assured him that he will be remembered in prayers for the future ministry that awaits him in the service of the Capuchin brothers.

ÉVKÖZI XV. VASÁRNAP

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2018. július 15.  évközi XV. vasárnap, B év.

 

1. Július 29 – augusztus 3. között kerül sor az erdélyi ferences szerzetesek által tizenhatodik alkalommal megszervezett Ferences Ifjúsági Zarándoklatra, amely alatt a természetben egy kicsit közelebb kerülhetünk a Jóistenhez, társainkhoz … s nem utolsósorban saját magunkhoz.

 A zarándoklat 16 év alattiak számára nem ajánlott, 35 fölött meggondolandó. Jelentkezni Tibor testvérnél lehet a 0746-774701-es telefonszámon.

2. Augusztus 6–10. között kerül sor a ferences focitáborra. Akárcsak tavaly, a helyszín Gyergyószárhegy, ahová 9–12. osztályos fiúkat várnak a szervezők. A napi edzés és mérkőzés mellett lesz szentmise, közös túrázás, közösségépítő és lelki program.

A tábor augusztus 6-án, hétfőn, 12 órakor kezdődik, és augusztus 10-én, pénteken délután ér véget.

A helyek száma korlátozott, 30 fő. Azokat a jelentkezéseket, amelyek – bár határidőn belül érkeznek, de meghaladják a helyek számát –, a szervezők nem tudják figyelembe venni. Július 23-án telefonon fogják értesíteni azokat, akiknek a jelentkezését elfogadták.

A táborban való részvételhez háziorvosi igazolásra és a 18 éven aluliak részéről szülői beleegyezésre lesz szükség.

Részletekről érdeklődni és jelentkezni a következő elérhetőségek valamelyikén lehet: Tibor testvérnél, a 0746-774 701-es telefonszámon, frtibi@gmail.com, és Hugó testvérnél, a 0753-173 263-es telefonszámon, frhugoofm@gmail.com.

http://www.ferencesprogramok.ro/focitabor2018.

3. A június végi és július eleji esőzések nagy károkat okoztak az egész országban. Az állapotokat szemlélteti az áradás által legsúlyosabban érintett Kovászna megyei Bácstelek és Márkosrét lakosságának helyzete is, amellyel a Caritas munkatársai terepszemléjük során megismerkedtek. A két településen közel 60 háztartást, iskolát és kultúrotthont árasztott el a víz, közel száz személyt kellett kimenekíteni, állatokat védett helyre terelni. Megrázó történeteket mondtak el a helybeliek a víz okozta pusztításról, sokuknak mindenük odaveszett, és még hosszú időbe telik, amíg sikerül valamennyire rendbe tenni az udvarokat, lakhatóvá tenni a házakat. Sokan mások az előbbiekhez hasonló helyzetben vannak szerte az országban. Ezért a Főegyházmegyei Caritas templomi gyűjtést kezdeményezett az árvízkárosultak megsegítése, épületek felújítása érdekében. Az árvízkárosultakkal való együttérzésünk kifejezéseképpen folyó év július 29-én, vasárnap, ajánljuk fel templomi adományainkat erre a célra.

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Journeying with Young People at Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Mountain Retreat | Franciscans, Youth and Faith

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Many people today – particularly young people – ache with the anxieties of not belonging, of not being sure of life and its direction. They need to be refreshed and healed and helped to find their way. This need inspires our life and ministry at Mt. Irenaeus: to create a space in which people can experience the reconciling love of Jesus who makes all things new(cf. Rev. 20:5).

From its beginnings in the 1970’s, students from St. Bonaventure University (Allegany, NY, USA) joined friars in fashioning the dream we call “The Mountain.” Gathering in nearby religious houses, traveling to places in the woods and on mountain tops, making retreats in various settings, together we friars and students have found our way to fashioning a place for peace.

Today our student-leaders form the group “Mountain Community Leaders.” They participate in weekly Sunday gatherings, commit to a regular form of personal prayer, and collaborate with the friars in the ministry of Mt. Irenaeus. We offer evenings, overnights and weekends at The Mountain to all members of the St. Bonaventure University communityso that everyone can experience our life of prayer and peaceful re-creation. Studentsare “missioned” to “go among” their peers who need the Good News.  They are true evangelizers who help others feel closer to one another and to God in a world that is often dark and inhospitable.

As a student-leader once suggested, our style of collaborative ministry is explained through the image of the wagon-wheel:each one of us is a hand-shaped spoke, and Christ is our center, axle, and hub.  Indeed, over our fireplace is an old wooden wagon-wheel, reshaped into a religious image that suggests the color and fire of the Spirit of God who sends us into the valleys of our world to welcome new “spokes” into our wheel of life, that they too may experience and share the healing and reconciling love of God.

When we welcome others to experience the joy and generosity of true family life, we make a difference in our world.  The smallest acts – setting a table, weeding a garden, and hearing the Word and breaking bread with one another – let us know we are one family. Foolish as it may sound, together we friars and students know that divisions can cease and peace can be ours, for our deepest understanding of our faith tell us that we indeed are already one: reconciled, made whole and at peace in Jesus who has makes all things new.

For more information about the Brothers’ ministry at Mt. Irenaeus, please visit their website: https://mountainonline.org.

This article is part of a series profiling the work that friars are doing throughout the world to accompany young people in faith. These stories are only a sample of the ways countless friars walk with young people today.  As we Franciscans prepare for the 2018 Synod of Bishops Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. May these stories inspire all who read them to an ever-deeper commitment to sharing the Joy of the Gospel with our young sisters and brothers.

Franciscans, Planning for COP24, Katowice

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COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP24 will take place from 3-14 December 2018, in Katowice, Poland.

It’s relevant to the Franciscans to participate in COP in any way possible. Firstly, because COP is the only space where the negotiation on the solutions to the climate crisis by the governmental delegates actually happens, and the ethical dimension must be emphasized in the solutions. Franciscans can collaborate with other inter-faith groups and NGOs especially in this respect. Secondly, such movement can be the sign and the example to raise awareness in the Church, since the ecological dimension of the Christian conversion is not yet the famous subject in the Christian community itself. The Franciscan presence in the COP can give testimony to the vision of St. Francis to the world. Thirdly, COP is an exceptional place where one can listen to the powerful testimonies of the most vulnerable in the world, various activists, and experts, and have a dialogue with them. They are the victims of the social and ecological crisis as well as the prophets of our time. Just like the encounter with the Christ in a leper has changed the life of St. Francis, it’s critical for the Franciscans to be touched by those who are affected by the systematic injustice.

 

Planning for COP24, Katowice

This year’s participation has several objectives:

  1. To be present among the people in solidarity.
  2. To pray for the victims of the climate crisis and the Creation along with the local church.
  3. To raise awareness among the Franciscans on the climate change and ecological conversion through dialogue.

 

The JPIC General office is planning on the participation in (inter-faith/ecumenical/Franciscan) prayer vigils for the creation, public marches and pilgrimages, and organizing a Franciscan conference on the role of religious communities for the creation. Its tentative title is “Climate crisis and the role of religions for climate justice.” We are trying to invite panels from different backgrounds and hope this conference would facilitate productive dialogue between religious communities, the civil society, and local workers. We are still working on the details of the program and inform you later so that many of you can take part in.

Your ideas and suggestions as well as questions are always welcome. Send us messages to pax@ofm.org.

 

JPIC General Office – Rome

 

In the Company of Angels | Franciscans, Youth and Faith

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The word “accompaniment” captures an essential element of “Franciscan Presence.” We enter people’s lives reverently and humbly. We walk with them, sharing the Good News of Jesus by sharing in the joys and struggles of their lives. This is what we do at Valley of the Angels Orphanage.

Valley of the Angels Orphanage in Guatemala was opened by Immaculate Conception Province (USA) in 1988, to educate and care for abandoned and orphaned children. Today we welcome any child in need.

How do we know that we are making a Franciscan difference in the lives of these children? They are not shy in telling us. Let me share with you some of what they have told me.

Sheily found consolation at Valley of the Angels: “I am never alone. It is a place where love and peace are found in every corner and in every person.” As Julio said, “When I am sad or discouraged (the Franciscans) always accompany and encourage me, I never feel alone. I discovered God’s love.” For Maria, this is a fruit of prayer: “When we feel alone and without strength we pray. It is the key to our strength and our faith.”

Love, peace, encouragement, and the joy of knowing you are not alone. People are walking with you, and so does God. These are qualities that describe a healthy Christian family. This is the kind of family we strive to create at Valley of the Angels: a healthy and happy Christian family enlivened by the spirit of St. Francis.

Sheily counts on the Franciscans “who are like my parents and whosupport and always encourage me in everything.” The same is true for Julio: “I like to live here in Valley because we are all like brothers and we are a great family united in the love of God,” because the Franciscans “are people full of the presence of God that inspire the lives of many children here in Valle.”

What a joy to hear this! This is what Franciscan accompaniment hopes for: to awaken in people the desire to accompany others in their joys and struggles, so that they too might know the Good News of Jesus in their lives. Please pray for our children. Know that they pray for you!

 

Fr. Michael Della Penna, OFM
Director
Valley of the Angels Orphanage

 

To learn more about Valley of the Angels Orphanage, please visit its website: www.valleyoftheangelsorphanage.com.

This article is part of a series profiling the work that friars are doing throughout the world to accompany young people in faith. These stories are only a sample of the ways countless friars walk with young people today.  As we Franciscans prepare for the 2018 Synod of Bishops Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. May these stories inspire all who read them to an ever-deeper commitment to sharing the Joy of the Gospel with our young sisters and brothers.

 

The Magnificat Institute of Jerusalem, a Workshop of Humanity and Coexistence | Franciscans, Youth and Faith

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I was appointed as Director of the Magnificat musical institute two years ago, a great privilege but also a great responsibility. The school has been one of the educational projects of the Custody of the Holy Land for over twenty years. What makes it special and in a certain sense unique compared with other schools of the Holy Land is that Christians of all denominations, Jews and Muslims work and study together. The majority of the students are Christians, while the majority of the teachers are Jews. Everyone is welcomed without any distinction of social status and especially of religious belief. Educating to beauty through music and making music together is the first objective of our Institute, but growing in a multicultural and multi-religious environment, in the authentic respect of everyone, is the basis of our educational method.

There is no shortage of minor obstacles to overcome together. I and my team of close collaborators, a Christian and a Jewish teacher, periodically schedule projects, concerts and tours abroad trying to maintain a wise balance between who will participate, which repertoire will be performed and which message we want to reach our audience. Every day we deal with both small and bigger challenges related to the complexity of the place in which we operate … Palestine and Israel, Arabs and Israelis, Christians and non-Christians … Franciscan spirituality is a wise school of life that allows us all to offer to our children a real workshop of humanity and coexistence, governed not by mere tolerance, but by the true acceptance of the other for who he is, without prejudice and in total freedom.

The presence of two friars, myself as Director and Br. Alessandro as pianist and organist, and of some friars as students, contributes to offer to all, students, teachers and families a climate of fraternity and serenity that we try to guarantee every day. Our experience at Magnificat is very rich and as I said full of challenges, but we are sure that in our own small way, we are offering our children the tools to live with freedom and maturity, with joy and enthusiasm, in a worldwide fraternity that is increasingly diverse and multi-faceted.

 

Br. Alberto Joan Pari, OFM
Custody of the Holy Land

fralbertpari@gmail.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/magnificatjerusalem

This article is part of a series profiling the work that friars are doing throughout the world to accompany young people in faith. These stories are only a sample of the ways countless friars walk with young people today.  As we Franciscans prepare for the 2018 Synod of Bishops Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. May these stories inspire all who read them to an ever-deeper commitment to sharing the Joy of the Gospel with our young sisters and brothers.

Accompanying Young People in a Digital Age | Franciscans, Youth and Faith

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One of the most significant traits of the Franciscan charism is the mission to be popular preachers in the ordinary gatherings of people’s lives. And while friars may no longer go to the city square to preach peace, in our digital age, a new “city square” has emerged: the internet. Recognizing how much time many people spend on social media, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI once called the internet a “digital continent,” needing the same missionary zeal the Church had always produced.

Two Franciscans in the United States—Br. Dan Horan, OFM and Br. Casey Cole, OFM—have accepted this call to mission.

“I think we should not be afraid to go out to this ‘digital continent,’” says Br. Dan. “It’s how people communicate, study, seek entertainment, meet one another, share common interests, and even explore their faith.” In his time with the friars, Br. Dan has written a blog engaging social and political topics with a Franciscan spirituality for the 21st century and has engaged questions and comments on Facebook and Twitter.

“I think it’s important to have our finger on the pulse of how young people are communicating today, adapting and updating as the world changes,” says Br. Casey. As the founder of Breaking In The Habit Media, Br. Casey has works to create content for as many platforms as he can, producing videos on YouTube and Instagram, writing articles on his blog, and answering questions on Twitter and Facebook. “Young people no longer gather in physical locations like they used to, but they are gathering. It’s our responsibility as ministers and evangelizers to go where they are.”

But as both Br. Dan and Br. Casey have expressed, this does not mean fully adopting the values that come with living on a digital continent. Because there can be a tendency to present an alternative persona online or to diminish the human person to nothing more than their thoughts, friars engaged in this ministry must recognize the limitations it presents: it is unrivaled in its ability to create new connections, but it does not offer the fullness of the Christian experience that young people need. For this reason, both Br. Dan and Br. Casey spend as much time engaging young people in person as they do online, offering retreats, giving talks, teaching classes, and simply being present to the needs of young people today.

For more information on their digital outreach or to contact Br. Dan and Br. Casey, please check out their media sites:

Br. Dan Horan, OFM:

Br. Casey Cole, OFM at Breaking In The Habit Media:

This article is part of a series profiling the work that friars are doing throughout the world to accompany young people in faith. These stories are only a sample of the ways countless friars walk with young people today.  As we Franciscans prepare for the 2018 Synod of Bishops Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. May these stories inspire all who read them to an ever-deeper commitment to sharing the Joy of the Gospel with our young sisters and brothers.

 

Feast of St. Clare 2018: Letter of the Minister General

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Discernment: purification of the gaze, of the heart, and of the will

 

Dearest sisters,

May the Lord give us his Peace!

Last year I offered you some reflections based on the words that guided our preparation as Friars Minor for the Plenary Council that we celebrated last June in Nairobi: listening, discerning, acting.

This year I would like to focus on the second element in particular. Looking at the example and words of Clare I would like to highlight some useful aspects that can help us towards a discernment that might increasingly shape our lives, making them a faithful and joyful response to God’s call in this time, and in this space that is given to each of us.

We have been adopted by God as children in the Son Jesus, who died and rose again, and so from the moment of our baptism we pray: “Our Father, thy will be done”. The way of discernment is the only possible authentic way of existing, because, as Francis tells us, “Nowthat we have left the world, however, we have nothing else to do but to follow the will of the Lord and to please Him.” (RnbXXII, 9). Clare on her part “insofar as she could, tried to please God.” (Proc8,3).

Looking back over the Clarian sources, the letters in particular, I notice that Clare lives and suggests discernment as a path of purification: purification of the gaze, of the heart, and of the will.

 

 

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Purification of the gaze

The starting point is the reality in which we find ourselves; even before that, it is the reality that “we are,” that each of us “is” by nature and by grace. Very often we experience the distortion of reality within us and around us. Preconceptions and prejudices of any kind can distort our reading of what is going on within us or in our community, in the Church, or in society … Is this not an initial factor in many misunderstandings, misconceptions, or conflicting relationships?

Purify the gaze to ‘see’ well: to see how God sees us, to see without distorting filters. Just as she wrote to Agnes of Prague, Clare reminds each one of us today that by being like Jesus, making his gaze our own, we can ‘see’ reality in truth, beyond the changes produced by sin in all its forms: “He is the radiance of eternal glory is the brightness of eternal light and the mirror without blemish. Gaze upon that mirror each day, O Queen and Spouse of Jesus Christ, and continually study your face in it,” (4LAg14-15); for surely “in your light we see light” (Ps36 (35:10).

Clare had begun to experience the purification of the gaze when Francis “encouraged her to despise the world, showing her by his living speech how dry the hope of the world was and how deceptive its beauty. He whispered in her ears of a sweet espousal with Christ,” (LegsC5). Clare really learned this well as she writes to Agnes in Prague: “after all who ensnare their blind lovers in a deceitful and turbulent world have been completely passed over, may you totally love Him Who gave Himself totally for your love.” There is a fundamental, ‘original’ deception, whereby the ‘world’, seen as a vision of reality in opposition to God’s, appears attractive but is in fact deadly, seems to give happiness but instead enslaves and robs joy and vibrancy. In the third letter to Agnes, Clare uses very strong expressions in this regard: “so you, too, by following in her footprints, especially [those] of humility and poverty, can, without any doubt, always carry Him spiritually in your chaste and virginal body, holding Him by Whom you and all things are held together possessing that which, in comparison with the other transitory possessions of this world you will possess more securely. In this, certain worldly kings and queens are deceived, for, even though their pride may reach the skies and their heads touch the clouds, in the end they are as forgotten as a dung-heap!” (3LAg25-28). Communion with the Lord Jesus lived in the gift of self guarantees protection from the risk of spiritual ‘blindness’. Francis teaches us that only the purified gaze can see God in all things. Clare wants to form this same gaze in her sisters: “when the most holy mother used to send the serving sisters outside the monastery, she reminded them to praise God when they saw beautiful trees, flowers, and bushes; and, likewise, always to praise Him for and in all things when they saw all peoples and creatures.” (Proc14.9). Seeing reality as God sees it is the first step in recognising the traces of the paths of the Kingdom.

 

Purification of the heart

If a pure gaze reads reality in the truth of God, it is the heart that judges it, evaluates it, interprets it. Discernment as ‘judgment’ is the next step in which reality is confronted with the values that support and guide our journey of life.

According to the testimony of Bona di Guelfuccio, Francis urges the young Clare to take care of her heart by tuning it to the heart of Jesus: “He always preached to her that she might convert to Jesus Christ”. Conversion, like breathing, is the essential measure for Christians to continue living. Through experience Clare knows how easily the heart hardens, gets distracted, gets confused; that is why she rejoices in seeing Agnes of Prague: “you have brought to ruin the subtleties of our crafty enemy, the pride that destroys human nature, and the vanity that infatuates human hearts”. Pride and vanity prevent a correct judgment of reality, because they close one in on oneself, rather than opening to God or to others. On the contrary, as Pope Francis recently recalled, “it is proper to the Holy Spirit to decentralize ourselves from ourselves and open ourselves to the “us” of the community: to receive and to give. We are not at the centre: we are an instrument of that gift for others” (General Audience, 6 June 2018).

The heart is protected if it is entrusted to the Lord, in a daily movement of giving: “Place your mind before the mirror of eternity! Place your soul in the brilliance of glory! Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance and, through contemplation, transform your entire being into the image of the Godhead Itself, so that you too may feel what friends feel in tasting the hidden sweetness that, from the beginning, God Himself has reserved for His lovers.” (3LAg12-14).

Genuine discernment requires a refining of the taste for the things of God, being able to recognize the scent and taste of the Gospel in the events of life, in the people we meet, in the sisters we live with, as well as in those who live elsewhere. This exercise of contemplation is entrusted to you, sisters, in a very particular form and intensity, by which judgment matures and becomes the virtue of discernment. Clare is a true teacher of discernment: real situations in dialogue with professed values, without mystifying indulgence or compromises of convenience. “But our flesh is not bronze, nor is our strength that of stone, rather, we are frail and inclined to every bodily weakness! I beg you, therefore, dearly beloved, to refrain wisely and prudently from an indiscreet and impossible austerity in the fasting that you have undertaken. And I beg you in the Lord to praise the Lord by your very life, to offer the Lord your reasonable service and your sacrifice always seasoned with salt.” (3LAg38-41).

 

Purification of the will

The process of discernment is directed towards feeling challenged by the word of God in order to live in obedience to Him; it is aimed at dwelling within history in an evangelical way, following the footsteps of Jesus so that the kingdom of God may grow in the world. Our projects are good if they are not ‘only ours’, if they blossom, like a root, from our willingness to collaborate with all our hearts in the work that God is already doing.

It is good to choose whatever keeps us united to the Lord, and to reject whatever separates us from Him. Clare is able to turn down the offer of Pope Gregory IX – to be released from the bond of highest poverty and to accept the possessions that he offered himself – and to declare with simplicity and truth: “Holy Father, I never wish to be freed from following Christ” (LegsC14). And she exhorts Agnes of Prague, in a similar situation, to embrace the poor Crucified One (Cf.2LAg17-18).

How precious and meaningful, therefore, is the indication that both Clare and Francis place as a seal on their respective “rules”, almost as a summary of the whole forma vitæ: “Let them direct their attention to what they should desire above all else: to have the Spirit of the Lord and His holy activity, to pray always to Him with a pure heart, and to have humility, patience in difficulty and infirmity, and to love those who persecute, blame, and accuse us, for the Lord says: Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. But whoever perseveres to the end will be saved.” (RsCX, 9-13).

In the light of these words, the summary of an entire life, we recognize that what Pope Francis says in the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultatewas accomplished in Clare and by Clare: “Discernment […] is an authentic process of leaving ourselves behind in order to approach the mystery of God, who helps us to carry out the mission to which he has called us, for the good of our brothers and sisters.” (GE175).

 

I hope, my dear poor ladies, that you may have a joyful celebration of the solemnity of our beloved sister and mother, Saint Clare of Assisi. Greetings!

 

Rome, 2nd August 2018
Feast of the Pardon of Assisi

Fr. Michael A. Perry, OFM
Minister General and Servant

 

Cover: Saint Clare. Painting on wood by Miguel Angel Laguna Villalobos (Convento San Antonio, Avila, Spain).
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Moving from the celebration of the PCO to the production of the Final Document

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Letter from the Minister General and the Definitory to all the friars: Moving from the celebration of the PCO to the production of the Final Document

 

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Dear brothers:

May the Lord give you peace!

The 2018 Plenary Council of the Order, held from June 12thto 28thin Nairobi, Kenya, was a grace-filled time during which the Spirit spoke to the hearts of the participants, calling us to return to our first love(cf. Rev 2:4) — in other words, to renew and revitalize our lives in the midst of a constantly changing world. We kept in mind the substance of Art. 194 of our General Constitutions, which deals with the competence of the Plenary Council, as well as the PCO theme, “Those who have ears, let them listen to what the Spirit is saying … to the Friars Minor today”. (cf. Rev 2:29.

The first stage of our meeting consisted in active listening to the reports presented by the various Conferences, as well as to the contributions of two invited experts.

In the second stage, the Council Members then brought what they had heard to a process of prayer, discernment, and dialogue in order to deepen their receptivity to the voice of God. Out of this, a number of insights emerged in regard to: the constant, core values ​​of our life; our priorities; some of the unavoidable challenges that we must face; the many opportunities to reaffirm our identity and to live our faith more fully.

During the third stage of the PCO, a number of elements emerged from this dual dynamic of listening and discernment, including proposals for the life and mission of the Order. These not only point to the hope that guides us in the midst of so many challenges, but they also are concrete responses to the Spirit who urges us to go out to the peripheries, to the places where people are most in need.

The entire PCO experience, and in particular the proposals that have surfaced — a) Contemplative Fraternity in mission; b) The Young; c) A rapidly changing world; d) Evangelization in the spirit of Laudato si’; e) Migrants and refugees; f) Instruments of peace in the face of contemporary violence; g) Religious life and the vision of Pope Francis — will be taken into consideration by the General Definitory as we prepare the Final PCO Document, to be published in the coming months.

At the conclusion of the Plenary Council, we noted that immediately on our return to Rome the General Definitory would undertake the work of reviewing all the reports of the Conferences as well as the wealth of material produced during the Council. This review has already been completed and we feel that the collected material is so rich that in addition to the final Document we will also make available to all the friars a summary of the most important issues that arose during the three-stage process — both in the group work and plenary sessions.

The Final Document will be published before the end of the year and will be produced with the help of experts in theology and the Franciscan tradition. It will also contain guidelines for the triennium (2019-2021), some of which will lead us towards the 2021 General Chapter.

All the friars who participated in the Council are asked to remember the final message of the Minister General, in which he asked us to be ambassadors — to take what we have experienced and to share it with our Conferences: with the President, the Provincial Ministers, Custodes, and Foundation Presidents. He asked that this be done during the next Conference meeting, or if there is no immediate plan for such a meeting, to prepare a written statement which would describe the experience of the Plenary Council, the process and methodology employed, the ‘outcomes’ of the World Café method, and the final summary presented in the plenary sessions. In their turn, the Provincial Ministers, Custodes, and Foundation Presidents (working with the Council Members) should then ensure that this wealth of material reaches all the friars, so that an in-depth dialogue at all levels of the Order may result.

Dear brothers, we invite you to respond to this moment of grace that the Lord has given to us as an Order. We remind you that we cannot simply continue doing the same things that we do at present — as if the old wineskins could hold the new wine (cf. Mt 9:17). Let us open ourselves with hope and courage to the newness of the Spirit who calls us to live our vocation with renewed enthusiasm and creativity, so as to be able to offer the wine of the Gospel to the sisters and brothers of our time.

May Mary Immaculate, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin made Church, the Herald of the Gospel, always sustain us with her maternal intercession.

 

Fraternally,

Br. Michael A. Perry, ofm
Minister General

Br. Julio C. Bunader, ofm
Vicar General

Br. Jürgen Neitzert, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Caoimhín Ó Laoide, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Ignacio Ceja Jiménez, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Nicodème Kibuzehose, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Lino Gregorio Redoblado, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Ivan Sesar, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Valmir Ramos, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Antonio Scabio, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Giovanni Rinaldi, ofm (Seg. Gen.)

Rome, August 2nd, 2018
Feast of St. Mary of the Angels

Moving from the celebration of the PCO to the production of the Final Document

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Letter from the Minister General and the Definitory to all the friars: Moving from the celebration of the PCO to the production of the Final Document

 

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Dear brothers:

May the Lord give you peace!

The 2018 Plenary Council of the Order, held from June 12thto 28thin Nairobi, Kenya, was a grace-filled time during which the Spirit spoke to the hearts of the participants, calling us to return to our first love(cf. Rev 2:4) — in other words, to renew and revitalize our lives in the midst of a constantly changing world. We kept in mind the substance of Art. 194 of our General Constitutions, which deals with the competence of the Plenary Council, as well as the PCO theme, “Those who have ears, let them listen to what the Spirit is saying … to the Friars Minor today”. (cf. Rev 2:29.

The first stage of our meeting consisted in active listening to the reports presented by the various Conferences, as well as to the contributions of two invited experts.

In the second stage, the Council Members then brought what they had heard to a process of prayer, discernment, and dialogue in order to deepen their receptivity to the voice of God. Out of this, a number of insights emerged in regard to: the constant, core values ​​of our life; our priorities; some of the unavoidable challenges that we must face; the many opportunities to reaffirm our identity and to live our faith more fully.

During the third stage of the PCO, a number of elements emerged from this dual dynamic of listening and discernment, including proposals for the life and mission of the Order. These not only point to the hope that guides us in the midst of so many challenges, but they also are concrete responses to the Spirit who urges us to go out to the peripheries, to the places where people are most in need.

The entire PCO experience, and in particular the proposals that have surfaced — a) Contemplative Fraternity in mission; b) The Young; c) A rapidly changing world; d) Evangelization in the spirit of Laudato si’; e) Migrants and refugees; f) Instruments of peace in the face of contemporary violence; g) Religious life and the vision of Pope Francis — will be taken into consideration by the General Definitory as we prepare the Final PCO Document, to be published in the coming months.

At the conclusion of the Plenary Council, we noted that immediately on our return to Rome the General Definitory would undertake the work of reviewing all the reports of the Conferences as well as the wealth of material produced during the Council. This review has already been completed and we feel that the collected material is so rich that in addition to the final Document we will also make available to all the friars a summary of the most important issues that arose during the three-stage process — both in the group work and plenary sessions.

The Final Document will be published before the end of the year and will be produced with the help of experts in theology and the Franciscan tradition. It will also contain guidelines for the triennium (2019-2021), some of which will lead us towards the 2021 General Chapter.

All the friars who participated in the Council are asked to remember the final message of the Minister General, in which he asked us to be ambassadors — to take what we have experienced and to share it with our Conferences: with the President, the Provincial Ministers, Custodes, and Foundation Presidents. He asked that this be done during the next Conference meeting, or if there is no immediate plan for such a meeting, to prepare a written statement which would describe the experience of the Plenary Council, the process and methodology employed, the ‘outcomes’ of the World Café method, and the final summary presented in the plenary sessions. In their turn, the Provincial Ministers, Custodes, and Foundation Presidents (working with the Council Members) should then ensure that this wealth of material reaches all the friars, so that an in-depth dialogue at all levels of the Order may result.

Dear brothers, we invite you to respond to this moment of grace that the Lord has given to us as an Order. We remind you that we cannot simply continue doing the same things that we do at present — as if the old wineskins could hold the new wine (cf. Mt 9:17). Let us open ourselves with hope and courage to the newness of the Spirit who calls us to live our vocation with renewed enthusiasm and creativity, so as to be able to offer the wine of the Gospel to the sisters and brothers of our time.

May Mary Immaculate, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin made Church, the Herald of the Gospel, always sustain us with her maternal intercession.

 

Fraternally,

Br. Michael A. Perry, ofm
Minister General

Br. Julio C. Bunader, ofm
Vicar General

Br. Jürgen Neitzert, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Caoimhín Ó Laoide, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Ignacio Ceja Jiménez, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Nicodème Kibuzehose, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Lino Gregorio Redoblado, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Ivan Sesar, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Valmir Ramos, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Antonio Scabio, ofm (Def. Gen.)
Br. Giovanni Rinaldi, ofm (Seg. Gen.)

Rome, August 2nd, 2018
Feast of St. Mary of the Angels

Communique from the General Definitory – Tempo Forte of July 2018

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The July 2018 Tempo Forte began with Mass and Morning Prayer celebrated on Monday morning, July 16that 7:00 AM. Then, at 9:00 AM, the Minister General, Vicar General and each of the General Definitors spoke about the activities in which they had been engaged since the conclusion of the Plenary Council of the Order, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from June 12thto 28th. A letter concerning the Plenary Council will be published on August 2nd.

 

The following Visitators General were elected during this Tempo Forte

  • Br.Aloysius Gonsaga RUSMANDJI, for the Province of St. Michael the Archangel, Indonesia;
  • Br. Carlo SERRI, for the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Palermo (Italy);
  • Br.Dobromir JASZTAL, for the Province of the Holy Family, Egypt;
  • Br.Henry Osmarvin GONZALEZ ZELAYA, for the Province of the Assumption of the BVM, Rio de la Plata, Argentina;
  • Br.Oscar ANTE, for the Province of the Holy Martyrs of Japan;
  • Br.Vicente Paulo do NASCIMENTO, for the Amazonian Custody of St. Benedict, Brazil.

 

Having considered reports from a special committee that has worked on the issue for more than a year, and having consulted various Entities and Conferences, it was decided to entrust the two Franciscan presences in Kazakhstan to the care of the Provincial Minister of the Province of St. Hedwig, Poland (Wroclaw). From now on, the St. Francis Foundation, dependent on the Minister General, will be composed of the three fraternities in Russia.

As some of you will already have seen, the Chapter of the Blessed Giles of Assisi Foundation for Dialogue and Mission was held at the General Curia on July 25thand 26th. The Palestrina Fraternity was suppressed a few months ago and now the General Definitory has decreed that the Foundation itself should be suppressed, effective November 15th, 2018. In addition, the now well-established Fraternity of Pazin (Croatia) has been entrusted to the care of the South-Slavic Conference.  As regards the Franciscan presence in Turkey, the Guardianate of Santa Maria Draperis (Istanbul) has been erected, and a filial house in Izmir incorporated into it. Br. Eleuthère BAHARANYI MAKUTA was elected Guardian of the Istanbul House with Br. Antonius DUMA as Vicar and Bursar. Br. Apollinaire BAHINDE BWALIKE is the animator of the filial house in Izmir.

Br. Pasquale BERARDINETTI, of the Assisi Province (Italy), was appointed Director of the Protocol Office in place of Br. Bernardo MOYA MONTERO. Br. Pasquale will also be responsible for Acta Ordinis, which will consequently resume publication shortly.

Scholarships were renewed for about sixty of our Friars who study at the PUA or other Pontifical Universities in Rome and who reside at the Blessed Gabriele M. Allegra Fraternity, St. Anthony’s International College, Via Merulana.

The Minister General, with the consent of his Definitory, admitted candidates for Postulancy, Novitiate, First Profession, and renewal of Temporary Profession for the Custody of the Holy Martyrs of Morocco, and for the Foundations of South Sudan and Congo-Brazzaville, all entities dependent on the Minister General.

Br. Cesare VAIANI and Br. Siniša BALAJIĆ, of the General Secretariat for Formation and Studies, updated the General Definitory regarding the progress of the project whose aim is the establishment of a unified Franciscan University (UniFra) in Rome. The General Treasurer, Br. John PUODZIUNAS, also made a presentation to the General Definitory of the financial report for the first half of 2018 regarding expenditures of the General Curia; Br. John also briefed the Definitory on other administrative matters.

On the afternoon of Thursday, July 26th, the General Definitory met Br. Franco MIRRI and Dr. Elisa PETTORINO, of the General Curia’s Fundraising and Development Office, as well as lawyers Marco LOMBARDI and Ornella VASTOLA, from the Jones Day law firm (Milan), and Marco MALTONI, Notary, assisted by Raffaella FAMMARTINO, from the Maltoni-Scozzoli law firm (Forlì). The purpose of the meeting was to explore various modalities in the creation of an appropriate body for raising and receiving funds. The meeting was interesting and engaging, and what emerged was a general line of thinking that will be further considered by the General Definitory. This envisages the establishment of a Foundation whose objective would be the collection and distribution of funding for the various missionary and Formation projects taking place in the many entities of the Order.

Eighteen extra-capitular elections of Guardians were ratified, from various entities of the Order.

Br. Julio César BUNADER shared information about the intention to hold a meeting at the Seraphicum on December 1st, 2018 for Friars who are members of the fraternities in Rome dependent on the four Franciscan General Ministers. More specific information will follow as soon as the day’s program has been decided.

 

The following cases were examined during the Tempo Forte:

  • dismissal from the Order (1);
  • dispensation celibacy and from the obligations of the clerical state(2);
  • secularisation ad experimentum (5);
  • dispensation from Solemn Vows(2);
  • exclaustration for three years(4);

 

Agreements between our Minister General, the Minister General of the Conventual Franciscans, and the Custos of the Holy Land, concerning the Inter-Franciscan Fraternity at Emmaus-El Qubeibeh, (Holy Land) were signed. This project has already been in operation for the last number of months.

The session of Friday, July 27thclosed the July 2018 Tempo Forte. The next Tempo Forte begins on September 10th, 2018.

To the praise of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of the Poverello of Assisi. Amen!

 

Rome, July 31st, 2018

Br. Giovanni Rinaldi, OFM
Secretary General

JPIC Newsletter: CONTACT (04-06.2018)

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Dear sisters and brothers,

Peace and all Good!

We’re glad to present you the CONTACT June issue. It’s a bit overdue but contains good articles and news from many people. We appreciate their contributions.

The JPIC General Office is waiting for your stories and information on your JPIC works. Please send your stories to pax@ofm.org. The next issue will be published by the end of September 2018.

English – CONTACT

Español – CONTACTO

Italiano – CONTATTO

 

Fraternally yours,

Jaime Campos, OFM & Rufino Lim, OFM

 

Franciscan Lenten Youth Mission in Malaysia | Franciscans, Youth and Faith

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This article is the first of a series profiling the work that friars are doing throughout the world to accompany young people in faith. These stories are only a sample of the ways countless friars walk with young people today.  As we Franciscans prepare for the 2018 Synod of Bishops Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. May these stories inspire all who read them to an ever-deeper commitment to sharing the Joy of the Gospel with our young sisters and brothers.

On March 17 2018, around 650 youths from villages across the Franciscan parish of St Ann’s Mission, Kota Padawan in the Archdiocese of Kuching, Malaysia, descended on the Church of St Peter, Kampung Simpok for a Lenten Youth Recollection. The recollection was organized by the friars of the Parish Team, in order to prepare the youths to celebrate the gift of the Resurrection at Easter with deeper meaning and significance. Through spiritual input, friars Don Ramerez and David Au proclaimed the Good News of the Father’s mercy and constant call to repentance.

The event included Praise and Worship, dramatic sketches on the parables of Jesus and capped off with an hour-long live Stations of the Cross which saw the participants trekking through the village streets. Besides prayer and fellowship, the friars also held a special session to listen to the joys and challenges of youth leaders and their groups in the various kampungs. Most were struggling with managing time with family, study and friends; others experienced challenges in leadership roles – yet, despite this, there was an evident hunger for Jesus in their lives.

Br. Don exhorted the youth: “You, young people, are our future. Carry Jesus in your hearts, always! Entrust yourselves to Him, so that He may mend our brokenness and heal our blindness… Then, be that light of Christ for the world to see!”.

At the end of the day-long program, many were clamoring for another youth gathering soon. By centering on Christ, the event brought together the young from different ethnic and economic backgrounds together for a day of deep encounter with the Lord and each other.

“I sincerely believe that such collaboration among the youths is very needed. Even before the day itself, the amount of time and effort they put in to prepare and rehearse their sketches and songs really reflect their desire to give their best to God. Programs such as these are definitely important opportunities for the young to play their role in building up the body of Christ,” Br. David Au added.

The Pardon of Assisi 2018 

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The doors of the Portiuncula, in Assisi, are always open to pilgrims and locals who wish to receive the grace of God’s forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation.

And during the days dedicated to the Pardon of Assisi, thousands of young and old pilgrims go there in order to step through the “gate of eternal life” and receive a Plenary Indulgence.

As always, this year there are lots of events to help people really enter into this tremendous offer of grace. A highlight is the extraordinary visit to the Portiuncula of the religious habit of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. From July 29thto August 2nd, the habit that this saintly Capuchin friar wore on the day the Lord granted him the stigmata will be available for veneration by the many faithful who attend.

At 7:00PMon July 29th, the Triduum in preparation for the feast of the Pardon will take place, led by the Bishop of Gubbio, Mons. Luciano Paolucci Bedini, who will speak to the pilgrims about the gift of mercy won so long ago by St. Francis in the tiny church of St. Mary of the Angels.

Wednesday, August 1st, sees the Inauguration of the Solemnity of the Pardon.  At 11:00AM, as is customary, the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, Br. Michael A. Perry, will preside at the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration that will conclude with the Procession of the “Opening Up of the Pardon of Assisi”. This term is used to indicate the fact that from noon on August 1stto midnight on August 2nd, the Plenary Indulgence available daily at the Portiuncula is opened up to all parish churches throughout the world, as well as to Franciscan churches.

Starting from 2:30PMon August 2nd,young people from all over Italy and abroad who are participating in the 38thFranciscan Marchwill arrive at the Portiuncula. They will have spent over a week walking to Assisi, reflecting on the theme of “With a New Name”.

For the detailed program see: www.assisiofm.it/news-porziuncola-il-perdono-di-assisi-2018.html

 

 

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