OLG Province Shares Collaborative Ideas

HNP Communications Franciscan World

ALBUQUEQUE, N.M. — The possibility of living and working with friars across provincial boundaries was the topic of two recent meetings of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province friars.

On Feb. 12, several friars and lay missionaries gathered at San Xavier Mission in Tucson, Ariz., to “share ideas about the possibility for collaboration between our Province and the provinces of St. Barbara and the Mexican Province of Junipero Serra,” according to The Padres’ Trail, newsletter of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province.

From March 22 to 23, the OLG provincial council met with the councils of Sacred Heart and the Conventual province of Our Lady of Consolation in San Antonio, Texas. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss collaborative opportunities in the areas of formation, pastoral ministry and immigration in San Antonio, Las Cruces and the border regions in these areas.

“The past decade or more has been to many Franciscan provinces, throughout the United States and really throughout the world, a time for exploring the ways in which we can live,” wrote Fr. Gino Correa, OFM.

The March Padres’ Trail offers many photos of the meeting in Tucson as well as of visits by the participants to Guaymas, Mexico, to see a variety of ministries — an orphanage, music program and a home for the elderly.