NEW YORK — Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, secretary of the Province’s formation and studies, represented the English-speaking Conference at the Order’s 12th International Council for Formation and Studies in Murcia, Spain, Nov. 26 to Dec. 4.
The International Council is generally held every other year to assist the General Secretary of Formation to promote and coordinate training and education of OFM members. The General Council is composed of delegates from each of the Order’s 15 conferences.
This year, the Council’s theme was, “Integration of Initial Formation and Studies in the Order Today.”
Dominic was elected in the fall as the delegate of the English-speaking Conference, after being nominated for this position by formation secretaries at their July meeting in Colorado.
This conference, organized by Massimo Fusarelli, OFM, General Secretary of Formation & Studies, was held in Murcia, in southeastern Spain. Murcia was chosen as the site of the meeting because the Franciscan Theological Institute is ocated there.
The meeting began with a report from each delegate on formation in his conference. The delegates then heard addresses on topics by scholars and pastoral leaders, including Br. William Short, OFM, of the St. Barbara Province. The Council then formulated proposals on formation that will be presented to the upcoming General Chapter of the Order.
Dominic, shown at right in photo above, said he thoroughly enjoyed the Council. “The best aspect of the meeting was getting to know friars from around the world, and to learn that despite vast cultural differences, there are also striking similarities among younger people entering the Order today, due to the impact of globalization and the homogenizing influence of mass communications,” he said.
“The friars of the Province of Cartagen, based in Murcia, were most hospitable, organizing a tour for us of historical Franciscan sites in the region, as well as a great seafood dinner on the pier in the fascinating city of Cartagena. Wherever friars gather, there is that wonderful family spirit of mutual acceptance and conviviality,” Dominic said.