The Fraternitas and Contact newsletters feature reaction to the crisis in Myanmar, migration trends in the Americas, postulants demonstrating against climate change, the Minister General’s Easter letter, concern about Good Friday donations during the pandemic, and the commemoration of a SJB Franciscan missionary to the Navajo people.
The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University in New York and the Franciscan School of Theology in California each make their four 2021 summer courses available electronically.
A friar who once got the attention of CBS journalist Mike Wallace, a friar beloved for his storytelling and homilies, a friar who didn’t let Crohn’s Disease derail his passion for teaching, and sisters who devoted their ministerial lives to teaching young people are among the Franciscan deaths being mourned this month.
In a letter to the friars from Michael Perry, OFM, on the one-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Minister General said, “It is difficult to verify exactly how many of our beloved friars have died as a result of complications from COVID-19, but the numbers are significant. We don’t know the full weight of collateral ‘damage,’ but it is my prayer that each of you has been able to take sufficient time to reflect.”
The Franciscans recently published the findings of research on exodus caravans migrating to the United States from Central America. In collaboration with the Franciscan Network on Migration, Franciscans International released research data in a booklet called “New Migration Dynamics in Northern Central America, Mexico and the United States – Central America Exodus Caravan, COVID-19 and Serious Human Rights Violations.”
The February issue of Fraternitas, the Order’s international newsletter, features the conclusion of the celebration of the 800 years of the Protomartyrs and other current Franciscan topics of interest. The year-long commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the deaths of the Franciscan Protomartyrs began on Jan. 16, 2020 and ended on Jan. 17. Although the pandemic muted most of the planned activities, a handful of meetings and events took place. As the observance of the Protomartyrs came to a close, the centenary of St. Anthony’s arrival in Italy was just beginning.
The Provincial Office staff has learned of the passing of friars from six English-speaking Conference provinces, as well as several Franciscan sisters of communities connected to HNP.
A summary of OFM news – ranging from the Ministers General Christmas message of hope, a life-changing volunteer opportunity with migrants and refugees, and a conference for friars in initial formation, to a friar’s unique road trip from Michigan to California and back in a VW bus, Mass at a historic holy site after 54 years now that landmines are cleared from the area, and an interreligious conference marking two consecutive years of eighth centenaries in Franciscan history.
Friars from four English-speaking Conference provinces, a Franciscan bishop, and several Franciscan sisters have passed away.
News from the Order of Friars Minor during the last few weeks includes two messages from the General Minister, progress about the General Chapter planning, and updates about Franciscans International and the Poor Clares.
The Provincial Office staff has learned of the passing of friars from two English-speaking Conference provinces — Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist.
News from around Order of Friars Minor this month includes updates about the English-speaking Conference, the multicultural novitiate in Ireland, a friar whose canonization cause is progressing, and the new website of a college in Rome.