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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.

From 14th to 17th January 2016, national chapter took place.

Mario Padilla ofs is National Minister and Maria Angela Vice-Minister. God bless and guide them all always.

From 10th to 13th December 2015, national chapter took place at St Francis of Assisi Mission, Chivue, Zimbabwe.

Fr Lawrence Thavamanickam Ofm Cap, Delegate General Assistant and Jenny Harrington ofs presiding.

Rodger Chirima ofs is National Minister and International Councillor.

The National Fraternity of Niccaragua has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 14-15 November 2015.

The new national minister is Guadalupe Jarquín, Atanasio López Vice Minister and Angela Rosa Ramos was elected as international councillor.

May God bless, guide and drive them.