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"In their family they should cultivate the Franciscan spirit of peace, fidelity, and respect for life, striving to make of it a sign of a world already renewed in Christ. By living the grace of matrimony, husbands and wives in particular should bear witness in the world to the love of Christ for his Church.

They should joyfully accompany their children on their human and spiritual journey by providing a simple and open Christian education and being attentive to the vocation of each child" (Rule OFS Article 17).


Dear brothers and sisters:


Peace and good.


When we are attentive to our families and their needs, when we understand their difficulties and hopes, we strengthen the Church’s witness and proclamation of the Gospel. Particularly by supporting marital love and fidelity, we help the faithful to live their vocation freely and joyfully, and we open new generations to the life of Christ and his Church. (Address of Pope Francis to Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Sri Lanka on their “Ad limina Visit, May 23, 2014).


During the Presidency meeting of March 2015, it was agreed that to fulfill one of the decisions of the General Chapter of November 2014, and to be in communion with the Church at this time, a commission for the "Family" be formed.



2014 CIOFS Program for Ongoing Formation

Theme VIII: St. Louis and the Encounter of Other Religions1


"The king was so filled with the spirit of charity that although many tried to dissuade him because of the danger, he would willingly go to visit the sick even if (he was) suffering in agony. He would offer them words of consolation and much needed advice." (Guillaume de Chartres, De Vita et de miraculis)

"May God, in his great generosity, grant us, to you and to me, that after this mortal life, we will be able to unite with Him for eternal life to see Him, love Him and praise Him forever." (Teachings of St. Louis to his son Philip)




...together on the journey                    



2014 4

Year 21

no. 84






Br. José Antonio Cruz Duarte, OFM


In this short article we want to re-read the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis, from no. 217 up to n. 258, pointing out two important elements of the social dimension of evangelization: peace, as a fruit of the Spirit,[1] and the dialogue, as a path for evangelization.

As you have probably read in the newspapers or seen on television news, last week the Chilean region of Atacama was struck by terrible flooding which caused much death and destruction.


National Council of Chile



                                                                                              Osorno, April 14th, 2015


Dear Brothers Tibor and Attilio, to you, Peace and Good,


I thank you for your letter and for your attention. It is very nice to know that we have brothers, on the other side of the world, who are concerned about us when we are confronted with difficult moments. Many thanks! Thanks for living the fraternity at distance !

The National Fraternity of Korea has celebrated its National Elective Chapter in January 2015.
Catherine, Hyun Joo Lee has been re-elected as national minister and Michelle, Lee Yoon-Kyung has been elected as international councillor.

The National Fraternity of Spain has celebrated its National Elective Chapter in October 2014.
The new national minister is Jose Luis Lopetegui and Manuela Berciado has been elected as international councillor.