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 December Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — In tandem with the start of the Year of Consecrated Life on Saturday, Nov. 29, General Minister Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, sent a letter to the Order encouraging friars to take part in this worldwide recognition of men and women religious. “As Friars Minor, we welcome with great joy the invitation of the ‘Lord Pope,’ as well as …

General Minister Appoints John O’Connor to Position in Order

Maria Hayes Friar News

ROME — Former Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, has been named by General Minister Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, and the General Definitorium as the executive assistant to the Minister General for development and fundraising for the Order of Friars Minor. He will be responsible for coordinating the Order’s fundraising and financial development efforts, working closely with the General Curia. “I …

OFM Membership Statistics Released

Dominic Monti, OFM Friar News

At our Provincial Chapter in June, General Minister Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, offered some comments and reflections on the current state of the worldwide Order. He accentuated the fact that we Friars Minor are currently in a period of “tremendous movement,” as provinces in Western Europe and North America face consolidation due to declining numbers, while new entities are being …

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 …

ESC Update: International JPIC Council Meets in Indonesia

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 Canada, England, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta and the United States. The OFM International Council for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation held its biannual meeting last month in Jakarta, Indonesia. Joseph Rozansky, OFM, director of the …

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 …

Chapter Focuses on Realignment, ‘Being Who We Say We Are’

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

LOUDONVLLE, N.Y. — At their triennial Provincial gathering last week, the friars voted to be part of the conversations on the restructuring of the American OFM provinces. A formal vote on Thursday, June 5 made official Holy Name Province’s interest in discussing the realignment of the U.S. provinces as a way to strengthen membership, fraternity and the ability to conduct …

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 …