The Province of the Immaculate Conception celebrated a “Chapter of Mats” in early June near Wappingers Falls, N.Y., in the presence of General Minister José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, and General Definitor Finian McGinn, OFM.
More than half the friars of the province were present at the chapter.
During the course of the first day, the General Minister spoke on “The Identity of the Friars Minor.” On the second day, after the Eucharistic celebration, he spoke about “living the Gospel and the Rule with courage and creativity.” Dialogue with those present then took place.
Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras spoke on the topic of “Solidarity with the Poor.”
On June 8, Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga presided at the priestly ordination of Orlando Ruiz, OFM.