Preparations Continue for General Chapter

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — As the friars continue to prepare for this year’s General Chapter, Br. William Short, OFM, secretary of the chapter, shared a preview of the event with Fraternitas, the Order’s newsletter. In a question and answer session, Br. William outlines the schedule to be followed by the chapter, from reviewing the reports of the general minister and the offices …

General Curia’s February Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — General Minister Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, has officially convoked the 2015 General Chapter in accordance with the General Constitutions and General Statutes. This announcement was made in a letter from the General Minister titled “The Letter of Convocation of the General Chapter.” An excerpt was included in the February issue of Fraternitas, the Order’s newsletter. The election of …

General Curia’s January Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — In four months, members of the Order of Friars Minor from around the world will gather for the 2015 General Chapter. Approximately 160 friars are expected to participate in the May 10 to June 7 gathering in Assisi, according to the January issue of Fraternitas. The Order’s newsletter reports that the majority of those attending the chapter will …

General Curia’s November Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — Throughout 2014, Franciscans in Ireland have celebrated the Year of the Holy Name of Jesus to commemorate a devotion begun by Fr. Francis Donnelly, OFM, in 1914. The goal of this year’s commemorations was simple, according to the November issue of Fraternitas, the Order’s monthly newsletter. The Franciscans sought “to promote a renewed reverence and devotion to the …

General Curia’s October Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — Only following in the footprints of Jesus Christ can make us friars and minors. There is no other way. This is the message sent by the General Definitory to the Order about the feast of St. Francis. The letter, signed by General Minister Fr. Michael Perry and his eight General Councilors, calls the friars back to the roots …

General Curia’s August/September Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — Br. William Short, OFM, of St. Barbara Province, has been appointed General Secretary of the 2015 General Chapter, according to the latest issue of the Order’s newsletter. Fraternitas reports that Br. William, who made his simple profession in 1972, worked as an interpreter during the General Chapters of 1979, 1985, 1991, 2003, 2006 and 2009. He also worked …

General Curia’s July Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — More than 150 friars, sisters and laypeople from 100 entities of the Order and 50 countries gathered this spring for the first international Congress for missions and evangelization. Holy Name Province friars Thomas Cole, OFM, director of the HNP Franciscan Missionary Union, and Joseph Rozansky, OFM, director of the Order’s Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, were in attendance at …

General Curia’s May Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — Pope Francis recently appointed Fr. Aurelio Pesoa Ribera, OFM, as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of La Paz, Bolivia. Fr. Pesoa Ribera has served in a number of pastoral roles in his Province of San Antonio in Bolivia, including as vicar of the San Francisco fraternity in Cochabamba and Provincial Definitor. He was Provincial Minister at the …

General Curia’s April Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — Pope Francis welcomed members of the Order’s General Administration last month in a private audience that was “brotherly and friendly,” according to the current issue of Fraternitas. During the March 15 meeting, the pontiff reiterated the “urgent and indispensable commitment” of all Friars Minor to bring to the world the mercy of God by bearing witness to the Gospel …

General Curia’s February Update

Maria Hayes Around the Province

ROME — The current issue of Fraternitas highlights the election of Fr. Gabriel Mathias, OFM, Provincial Vicar of St. Thomas the Apostle Province in India, to the General Council. Fr. Gabriel will complete the term of Fr. Paskalis Syukur, OFM, who was recently appointed bishop of Bogor in Indonesia by Pope Francis. The first Indian to be elected a General Councilor, Fr. …

General Curia’s January Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — The current issue of Fraternitas features the appointment of a Franciscan as a bishop in Asia. Last month, Pope Francis named General Councilor Fr. Paskalis Syukur, OFM, of St. Michael of the Archangel Province as bishop of Bogor in Indonesia. He succeeds Bishop Cosmas Michael Angkur, OFM, who retired last year, according to the January issue of Fraternitas. The region has …

General Curia’s March Update

HNP Communications Franciscan World

ROME — It was 800 years ago that St. Francis was given La Verna, an isolated mountain in Tuscany, as a retreat for contemplation. This anniversary is featured in the March issue of Fraternitas, the monthly newsletter of the Order of Friars Minor, with photos of the Mount La Verna region of Italy. “Thanks to the generosity of Count Orlando, Francis …