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K O I N Ō N I A
_ ...together on the journey
THE CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS-YOUFRA

 


2019 - 1                                                            Year 26                                                             n. 101

Walking with the young people: a vital challenge for OFS
St. Francis and the youth of today
Fr. Alfred Parambakathu OFMConv.

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General Introduction


The year of 2018 saw the Universal Church living a Synod of Bishops dedicated to the theme “Young People, Faith, and vocational Discernment”, held in Rome from 3 to 28 October. The main purpose of the Synod was, as seen in the Instrumentum laboris (Art.1), to reemphasize the fact that, Taking care of young people is not an optional task for the Church, but an integral part of her mission in history. In just a few words, this is the specific scope of the upcoming Synod: just as our Lord Jesus Christ walked alongside the disciples of Emmaus (cf. Lk 24: 13-35), the Church is also urged to accompany all young people, without exception, towards the joy of love.

 

K O I N Ō N I A
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2018 - 4                                             year 25                                                               N. 100

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AS YOU SENT ME INTO THE WORLD, 
SO I SENT THEM INTO THE WORLD (Jn 17, 18)
40 years after the Seraphicus Patriarcha

 

SECULAR FRANCISCANS AND THEIR PARTICIPATION IN POLITICS

Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR


K O I N Ō N I A
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2018 - 2                                                  Year 25                                                          N. 98

 

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AS YOU SENT ME INTO THE WORLD,
SO I SENT THEM INTO THE WORLD (Jn 17, 18)
40 years after the Seraphicus Patriarcha

WORK AS VOCATION AND MISSION
Fr. Francis Bongajum Dor, OFMCap

Introduction


In early 2008, a Symposium was held in Assisi on the theme “Economy: from instrument to idol”. One of the facilitators who presented the deep change in the European society after the second world war, was particularly touching. He showed how, after the devastating effects of the war, the society had hoped to find salvation in work since it seemed the only way to rebuild a devastated economy. It functioned for a while. Barely fifty years after the economic dream, the frustration of millions of jobless persons and cry of millions of persons under new forms of slavery is rising to heaven. As brothers and sisters who “Strive for perfect charity in their own secular state” (Rule 2), it is important today that Secular Franciscans take time to reflect, pray and share on their relationship to work in the light of Divine Revelation, the Social teachings of the Church and their proper Rule.

 

K O I N Ō N I A
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THE CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS-YOUFRA

 

2018 - 3                                             year 25                                                               N. 99

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AS YOU SENT ME INTO THE WORLD,
SO I SENT THEM INTO THE WORLD (Jn 17, 18)
40 years after the Seraphicus Patriarcha

 

THE “ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION” AS VOCATION AND MISSION
Fr. Pedro Zitha, OFM


INTRODUCTION


The most appropriate way to present valid arguments about the theme of ecological conversion is not only to say how and when man must change his attitude towards Creation but also to invite him to observe carefully the environmental changes we are witnessing and through which it seems that Mother Earth is inviting the heart of man to question the sense of belonging to Creation and the interdependence of all creatures.

K O I N Ō N I A
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CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS – YOUFRA


2018 - 1 Year 25 n. 97

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AS YOU SENT ME INTO THE WORLD,
SO I SENT THEM INTO THE WORLD (Jn 17, 18)
40 years after the SeraphicusPatriarcha

THE FAMILY AS VOCATION AND MISSION
Fr. Alfred Parambakathu OFMConv

General Introduction


In this year Secular Franciscans all over the world are commemorating the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of their present Rule by Pope Paul VI with the apostolic letter “SeraphicusPatriarcha” dated 24th June 1978. On this occasion the recently concluded XV General Chapter of OFS (Seraphicum, Rome, on November 4-11, 2017) invited all its members to reflect on the application of this Rule and how it is to be lived in concrete situations. The Conference of general Assistants (CAS), in the light of the theme of the General Chapter, “As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world” (Jn 17,18), has decided to dedicate the Koinonia of this year to four related topics:

  • Koinonia 2018-1:  “The family as vocation and mission” – Fr. Alfred ParambakathuOFMConv.
  • Koinonia 2018-2: “The work as vocation and mission” – Fr. Francis Dor, OFM Cap. 
  • Koinonia 2018-3: “The “ecological conversion” as vocation and mission”,- Fr. PedroZitha, OFM. 
  • Koinonia 2018-4: “The commitment in the Politics of the Secular Franciscans”, - Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR.