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Prot. N. 3220                                                                                    Rome, January 14, 2020

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,


This coming 24 May will mark the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “Laudato Si’”. In it
the Holy Father, moved by the concern generated by “the cracks in the planet that we inhabit as well as … the profoundly human causes of environmental degradation” (LS 163), expressed his desire for the opening of a dialogue among all the inhabitants of our planet with a goal of setting in motion global action for the good of our common home.

K O I N Ō N I A
…together on the journey


THE CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS-YOUFRA

 

 

2019 - 4                                         Year 26                                                                           n. 104

«Walking with the young people: a vital challenge for OFS»


The Relationship between OFS and YouFra: Challenges and hopes
Fr. Claudio Hernán Eguzquiza Rodríguez, TOR

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Introduction

Dear sisters and brothers: my greetings!


With this small writing I would like to share with you my joy of being part of this great project of our Franciscan family. I reached in Rome two months ago and I am in the process of accommodating myself and getting used to my new house and to this pastoral work that the Order has entrusted to me and I assume it with a great desire to continue learning and sharing the rich experience of our Franciscan spirituality.

Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis
Consilium Internationale
FAMILY COMMISSION
Jennifer Harrington OFS

Intergenerational dialogue in the fraternity:
relationship between secular young people and secular elders in the fraternity.

 

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We continue proposing what was recommended at the 2014 General Chapter to strengthen the family life of OFS, and in this article we are inviting you to consider the relationship between secular young people and secular elders in the fraternity and how the intergenerational dialogue takes place.

K O I N Ō N I A
_ ...together on the journey

THE CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS-YOUFRA

 

 

 


2019 - 3                                                            Year 26                                                             n. 103

 

«Walking with the young people: a vital challenge for OFS»

 


«Spiritual Assistant and YouFra: the art of vocational discernment»
Fr. Francis Bongajum Dor, OFMCAP

 

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Introduction


The Synod on young people was on the theme «young people, faith and vocational discernment». Continuing our reflection on the journey with young people in this third issue of Koinonia, we focus on the role of the spiritual assistant in the vocational discernment of the Franciscan Youth (YouFra).

All Christians are called to life, to friendship with God in Jesus and to holiness1 in the current context as it is, “with its risks, its challenges and its opportunities”2. YouFra shares the Franciscan vocation with other members of the Franciscan Family. However, being young, many are still in search of their own vocation and others try to mature in the vocation they have discovered. They need to be accompanied in discernment and maturation.

The service of spiritual assistance recommended by the OFS legislation has this purpose as well. Therefore, as pastors and traveling companions for young people, the assistant should be an expert in the art of vocational discernment. Starting from the experience of Francis of Assisi, model of YouFra and from some indications offered by Pope Francis in the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit, we propose here four elements which, in our opinion, should guide the assistants of YouFra in the vocational discernment for young people. These four elements are: identifying the dreams of young people, helping them to ask the question “Lord what do you want me to do?”, giving them opportunities to serve the poor and then propose some pathways.

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Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis
Consilium Internationale
FAMILY COMMISSION
Silvia Diana OFS


FAMILY LIFE - MARRIED TO SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT BELONG TO THE OFS.


Chelito Núñez, OFS
…speaking from my personal experience.

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I professed in the OFS when I was only 15 years old, seeking to live an experience of faith that allowed me to live my Christianity more and more deeply. Since I was a little girl I was close to the Franciscan charism, having studied in Franciscan schools and also because my mother was also a professed member of the SFO. I became a "cord-girl" at the age of 9, meaning that when I met Richard at 18, he used to say, I was already in love with the Order.

 

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Kelly Moltzen, OFS USA, attended a Laudato Si Generation conference in Nairobi, Kenya from July 15-16, 2019, and had an opportunity to meet with the JPIC Franciscans Africa office. Below is a summary of the experiences that she has shared with us.

(Photo: European Union/ECHO)

 

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

 

 

 


2019 - 2                                                            Year 26                                                             n. 102

 

«Walking with the young people: a vital challenge for OFS»


«Identity and Mission of YouFra»
Fr. Pedro Zitha, OFM

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Introduction


At times the world shows a negative and false image of youth, presenting it as lost in worldly things and without a future. It is sad to see that this is the idea that adults have of young people. Sometimes they forget their duty to empower young people to discover their true identity as living images of God and to live it in a dignified manner. Often young people are identified as generations that suffer a crisis of religious, cultural, political, social and economic identity. But this identity crisis often depends on the different realities in which they live, see and judge the world, a world in which the moral aspects in the political, social and religious spheres are almost non-existent. It is precisely in this kind of situation that the mission of Franciscan Youth is to show the world that young people still feel able to reactivate the flame of faith, so that they will never lose the hope of identifying themselves with those disciples of Jesus who have been called to be light of the world and salt of the earth. Their active participation in the recent Synod of Bishops centered on the theme «young people, faith and vocational discernment». Their engaging joy manifested not only in World Youth Days but also in the most humble and simple parish meetings and the presence in the various projects and proposals of the Church. All this shows that young people still continue to turn their eyes to Jesus, in order to be totally «rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving» (Cf. Col 2,7). If this is the daily attitude of young people, there is still hope that they can live their identity and mission.

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