ESC Provinces Discuss Change, Reconfiguration

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

The following is a complication of recent news from the website of the English-speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor, composed of provinces from the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Lithuania and Malta. Several provinces in the English-speaking Conference are preparing to face changes in the structures of their communities. At the end of October, the Provincial administrations of both …

From the Provincial Minister’s Desk

John O'Connor, OFM In the Headlines

The reflection below is one in a series written by Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, about his observations and experiences as leader of Holy Name Province. The previous installment appeared in the Feb. 5 issue.  Dear brothers and partners-in-ministry, Last month, I spent two days meeting with the six other U.S. provincials at the provincial offices of Immaculate Conception Province on Thompson Street in …

English-speaking Conference Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

The following is a compilation of this month’s news from the website and Facebook page of the English-speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor, composed of provinces from the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Lithuania and Malta. Rising tuition costs, declining enrollment and expensive operational fees are challenges for schools in the United States and overseas. To address these problems, Ireland’s Gormanston …