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The National Fraternity of Cuba has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 16-19 April 2015.
The national minister and international councillor is Airán Negrín.

The National Fraternity of Canada has celebrated its National Elective Chapter in Loretteville, Québec, Canada on 14-17 May, 2015.
The new national minister is Gilles Métivier and Marion Clorey has been re-elected as international councillor.

Vatican City, 28 April, 2015

Prot. N. T.144-1/2015

Illustrious Sir,

This dicastery has received the results of the XIV General Chapter and the VI Elective Chapter of the Secular Franciscan Order, celebrated from 1-9 November, 2014.

The National Fraternity of Germany has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 16 May 2015. Mechtild Händler has been re-elected as national minister, and Gerti Theobald as international councillor.

The Second European congress of OFS and YouFra

Live a life worthy of the calling you have received!” (Ephesians 4,1)


In 2012 the OFS and YouFra had their first joint European congress in French town of Lisieux, famous for Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus. It was a kind of historic moment because it was the first time to have a meeting like this between the OFS and YouFra, although YouFra have had its five congresses up to then. One of the things decided on this Congress was to continue the same path together and to organize the Second European OFS-YouFra congress in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015. Thus the National fraternity of Bosnia and Herzegovina started to organize this congress which will be held 17-23 August 2015 in Mostar.


The continuation of the Fraternal and Pastoral Visits (VFP) to the National Council of the OFS in Malawi was conducted by Jenny Harrington OFS, Presidency Councillor, and Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano TOR, General Assistant, respectively, from February 17 to 21, 2015, in Lilongwe. In addition to several meetings they had with the Provisional National Council, visitors also had meetings with various groups such as the Poor Clares, the Major Superiors of the First Order, representatives of the Regional Councils, the Spiritual Assistants, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, and the Apostolic Nuncio. On the evening of Friday 20, at the chapel of the Poor Clares, the Eucharist was presided by Fr. Amando, during which Jenny Harrington confirmed the members of the Provisional National Council for one year.


Circ. N. 5/14-20

Prot. N. 2738/14-20


April 25th, 2015

To the OFS National Councils

To the Franciscan Youth National Councils

To all brothers and sisters of the OFS and Franciscan Youth


Dear brothers and sisters,


Closing Jubilee Year Birth of St. Louis


With the joy of Easter, we would like to address all brothers and sisters of our dear

Secular Franciscan Order, to invite them to celebrate the closing of the jubilee year of the 800th anniversary of the birth of SAINT LOUIS KING OF FRANCE, which is due next Saturday 25th of April 2015.