ROME — The concluding document of the Order of Friars Minor’s 187th General Chapter is available on the Order’s Web site.
“Bearers of the Gift of the Gospel,” is divided into several sections:
· A presentation that contains a letter from General Minister Father José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM
· An introduction
· “The Gift of the Gospel”
· Response to “The Gift of the Gospel”
· Mandates of the General Chapter, broken into six chapters
The document, which was produced by the OFM communications office in Rome, is “not a diagnosis of the state of the Order, but rather, a hopeful proposal of paths that we might walk,” said José in his letter. “In some areas, we have already begun the journey. Others demand that we prepare the ground. Still others are an invitation from the Spirit to be attentive, so as to read the signs of the times, and respond to them boldly and creatively, faithful to the Gospel.”
The Chapter took place May 24 to June 20 at St. Mary of the Angels Basilica in Assisi. The report is available in five languages, including English.