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Many of those who participated in the OFS Genearl Chapter last November signed the petition orgagnized by the fraternity in Cannara, which was participating in the FAI (acronym for the Italian Fund for the Environment) in the defense of the “places of the heart”, a competition that each year recognizes the place whose supporters gathered the most signatures, in which they presented a project for an open-air sanctuary at Piandarca which is, according to tradition, where Francis preached to the birds and the birthplace of the OFS.

2014 CIOFS Program for Ongoing Formation

Theme VII: St. Ludwig and Our Sister Bodily Death1


"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)


was born in the year 1226 at Saludecio, to Felice, of the house of Ronconi, and his wife Santa. Orphaned at a young age, he spent his early years with his brother’s family.


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Theme IV: Saint Louis and Education


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Before going to bed, he would have all his children come before him and reminded them of the actions of good kings and good emperors. And he told them to take example from such people. He would also tell them of the actions of nasty princes who, because of their luxurious tastes, abductions and avarice, had lost their kingdoms” (According to Jean de Joinville, Life of Saint Louis).


HistoriCAL ENLIGHTENMENT: SAINT LOUIS or the concern for AN integral education

In the thirteenth century, there was no compartmentalization among the various sciences, and theologians were also mathematicians, physicians and philosophers.

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Theme III : Saint Louis and Marriage[1]

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GOD, France and Marguerite” (Motto engraved on Saint Louis’ wedding ring).

If sometimes I spend a lot of money, I would better like to do this with alms for the love of God than for frivolity or fashionable items” (Saint Louis to his wife Marguerite).


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Theme II: St. Louis and His Public Commitment as a Christian[1]

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 “How great was his justice! One could touch it with one’s finger. He would sit almost continuously on the floor or on a rug to listen to judicial matters, especially those that had to do with the poor or orphans. He would make sure they had justice.” (Pope Boniface VIII)

2014 CIOFS Ongoing Formation Program

Theme I: Saint Louis and Spiritual life[1]


“Turn your life Godwards”

“Dear son, my very first teaching is to love God with all your heart and all your strength for without that no-one is worth anything.” (From a spiritual testament to his son by St. Louis)

“Men are strange; they make a crime out of my assiduity in prayer but would say nothing if I spent hours playing cards or dice, tracking wild beasts or hunting birds.” (Attributed to St Louis by Joinville)