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Presentation of Juvénal Kabera, Rwandan Secular Franciscan in memory of the victims of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda in 1994


Juvénal Kabera, catholic originally from the Kigoma Parish in the diocese of Kabgayi in the District of Ruhango, was born in 1959 in a family of 4 children. Because of his life of simplicity, generosity, humility and dedication, his spirit of service, he had opted for Franciscan spirituality since 1983, and was minister in the Secular Franciscan Order in Rwanda from October 3rd1993 until April 1994 for a period of 6 months prior his death on April 7th 1994 at the age of 35years.


To emphasize communion with the Pope, we offer the Holy Father’s monthly intention and an OFS intention, based on the life and major events of the Order. The local fraternities will pray for both. 

The OFS National Fraternity of Colombia has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on March 18-20, 2017. The new national minister and international councillor is Sara Isabel Ruiz Manjares. 

The annual course for the Mexican Spiritual Assistants of the OFS and YouFra took place from 8th to 10th February 2017 at the St. John Paul II Pastoral House in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco. The course was organised by the OFS National Executive Council and the Conference of Provincial Ministers OFM of Mexico, with the help of the National Assistants of the OFS: Fr. Abelardo Aranda Echeverría, OFM, Fr. Jesús Arrondo Aguerri, OFMCap and Fr. Francisco Vargas Aceves, OFMConv. Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano TOR, Assistant General OFS-YouFra, was invited to be the facilitator of the course. He presented the following topics:

  1. Presentation of the Handbook for assistance to the OFS and YouFra
  2. Origin, history and mission of the OFS
  3. The identity of the OFS - Secular Franciscan Spirituality
  4. Active presence of the OFS in the Church and in the world
  5. Spiritual and pastoral assistance to the OFS and YouFra, and
  6. Franciscan Youth: identity, development and relationship with the OFS.

The Presentations were followed by group work and plenary sessions. Some fifty Spiritual Assistants were present: OFM, OFMConv, OFMCap and a diocesan priest. They also counted with the presence and the support of five members of the National OFS Executive Council for the organisation and planning. The course took place in a spirit of fraternity, of dialogue and reflection, as well as prayer. The opening Mass was presided by Fr. Constantino Alonso Zaldivar, OFMCap, Custodian of Mexico-Texas, while the concluding Mass was presided by Fr. Amando.