Secular Franciscan Order

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“Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received” (Eph 4: 1)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

May the Lord give you peace!

Three years after the first Congress, approximately 100 Secular Franciscan and members of Franciscan Youth (YouFra), together with their Spiritual Assistants, coming from 22 Europeans countries, gathered for the 2nd European Congress of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) and YouFra, held in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) from August 17th to 23rd 2015.


God and Father of us all,
in Jesus, your Son and our Savior,
you have made us
your sons and daughters
in the family of the Church.
May your grace and love
help our families
in every part of the world
be united to one another
in fidelity to the Gospel.
May the example of the Holy Family,
with the aid of your Holy Spirit,
guide all families, especially those most troubled,
to be homes of communion and prayer
and to always seek your truth and live in your love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
pray for us!


Prot. n. 2800/14-20
Rome, September 1, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers!

May the Lord give you his peace!

Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures

As you may know, Pope Francis has designated September 1st as the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation. This must be a special day for us, Franciscans. This day “will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”1

The National Fraternity of Irealnd has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 22 August 2015 in All Hallows.The new national minister is Barbara McCoole and Tony Bridgeman was elected as international councillor.

The National Fraternity of Rwanda has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 24-25-26 July 2015 in Kivumu. The national minister elected is Edward KAYONGA and the international councilor is Valens HAFASHIMANA.

With celebration of holy mass in church of Saint Peter and Paul in Mostar on 23rd of August finished 2nd European OFS and YouFra Congress. Holy Mass was celebrated by fr Miljenko Šteko, provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province.