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“The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.”

In this issue we continue reflecting on Part 1, Chapter 1, of the conclusions from the Synod of the Family, October 2015. We encourage you to read the document which can be found at :

During the Synod the many challenges that the family and the human person face today were reflected on in many different contexts, (refer to Articles 5 - 10)

On February 5, 2016, an earthquake of magnitude 6,4 hit the Taiwan Southern area. Its epicenter has been localized south-east of the town of Tainan, a town with two millions of inhabitants.

Theresa Chuang Peng Piao Ping that many of you know since she was a capitular member at last General Chapter and to whom we wrote to give her our support and prayer so answered to Tibor, our Minister General:

A double two-day workshop on the Role of Major Superiors and Spiritual Assistants of the Secular Franciscan Order was held in the Gauteng and Kwazulu – Natal regions of South Africa from Second to 10th of February 2016. The purpose of double was to facilitate the participation of most, if not all Major superiors of the First Order and TOR and of the Spiritual Assistants of all levels. The workshop was animated by Br. Francis Bongajum Dor OFMCap, General Spiritual Assistant; and Jenny Harrington OFS, Presidency Councilor.

The OFS national fraternity of Zambia has a new Council.

This was elected on January 29th at the national elective chapter held at the Franciscan Centre in Ndola. The chapter was presided over by Jenny Harrington OFS – South Africa, Presidency Councilor and delegate of Minister General Tibor Kauser (extreme left in picture). She was assisted by Br. Francis Bongajum Dor OFMCap, (Second from L. to R.); General Spiritual Assistant. Present at the important event was also Br. Thomas Zulu OFMCap, Custos of the Capuchin Friars in Zambia (5th standing from L. to R.) .

Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis
Silvia Diana OFS
Translation: Mary Stronach OFS



Introduction of work on the final report of the Synod of Bishops to Holy Father Francis


We, Secular Franciscans and the youth of YouFra, are going to begin a journey together today… we will share our thoughts on the final report to Holy Father Francis of the Synod of Bishops, held on October 24, 2015 at the XIV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY. Its topic is: “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.” Our goal is to get to know and deepen our knowledge of this document that is a gift for the whole Church.



Vaticano, February 4, 2016

Dear Mr. Tibor Kauser,

I want to thank you for your letter Protocol No. 2828 /14-20 of January 15, 2016, which included the summary report of the activities of the Secular Franciscan Order for 2015.
In particular, I appreciated your reflection about the need for transition from a life and a vocation dedicated to personal devotion to a concrete and renewed commitment to fraternal life and to the will to live and bear witness as seculars, in the Church and in the world.

*Note: the original is in Italian language

From 9th to 11th January 2016, national chapter took place.

Hermano Ramón Llorach Touriño ofs is National Minister and Olga Mata de Angulo Vice-Minister. God bless and guide them all always.