Secular Franciscan Order

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The OFS National Fraternity of Italy has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 1-4 June 2017 at La Verna. The new national minister international councillor is Paola Braggion. 

Circ. n. 33/14-20    

Prot. n. 2981

Rome, June 4, 2017



To all my sisters and brothers in the Secular Franciscan Order, all over the world

"... filled day by day with the comfort and grace of the Holy Spirit"

My dear Sisters and Brothers!
May the Lord give you his peace!

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!" On the Feast of Pentecost let us listen to St. Paul; rejoice and rediscover, that we are filled, day by day, with the comfort and grace of the Holy Spirit, as also Saint Francis has experienced it. God always provides for us the best we can use in order to love our neighbours in a deeper manner, to accomplish our duties better, to walk on the way of our secular franciscan vocation, as salt of the Earth and light of the World.


“As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world.” (Jn 17:18)

Heavenly Father,

light in us that fire that drove St. Francis of Assisi to proclaim the Gospel to all, so that we can witness your love by our life and words, through our entire life, so that we may want to live in a poor and humble manner, according to the example of our Seraphic father St. Francis.


In March a tropical cyclone hit the island of Madagascar destroying lots of houses and leaving many homeless people and destroying infrastructure. Recently we have received a request from the OFS National Minister of Madagascar, Gérard Cécilien Raboanary, if we can help them in some way. He told us that the northern part of Madagascar was the most affected. Several members of the Secular Franciscans have housing problems at present.

The OFS National Fraternity of Romania has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on May 19, 2017. The new national minister is Tibor Penu and the international councillor is Celina Francu.