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Prot. n. 3080

Rome, June 24, 2018

Nativity of Saint John the Baptist


To all my sisters and brothers in te Secular Franciscan Order all over the world

To all the Youfra members all over the world


My dear Sisters and Brothers!

May the Lord give you his peace! 

Dear Secular Franciscans,

CIOFS is excited to present you a special gift to help you celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rule. CIOFS has prepared a 12-minute video, entitled, “Forty years of the ‘New' Rule, A Treasure for the OFS" which provides a historical perspective on the rule of 1978 and a beautiful summary.

Please share this video with your brothers and sisters. View the video and celebrate the rule together. Take some time to discuss and contemplate its message. Celebrate this great treasure in your hearts and carry it with you throughout the day.

This past May 24, our brother Francesco Crescenti was called to the Father's House after a long illness. He was taken care of with exemplary care and love by his wife Anna Maria, supported by his daughter (and our sister) Maria Assunta.

Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis          
Consilium Internationale
Fr. Francis Dor OFMCap.


The Family and Evangelization
(From the final report of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, n° 87-93)

“Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of the joy of evangelization”, exhorts Pope Francis in the Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium1. This call is addressed not only to individuals and canonical ecclesial communities, but also to the family that is itself “a domestic church”. If the world is sad and dreary, we are all supposed to be concerned because we are sent to bring the Good News “of Great joy to all people” (Lk 2: 10). The family has a great role in the Church’s mission of evangelization both as agent and beneficiary. The fourth chapter of the final report of the Synod of Bishops on the Family actually bears the title “The Family and Evangelization”.

On April 21, at the Convent of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of Riga, chaired by Attilio Galimberti, delegate of the OFS MInister General and by F. Pedro Zitha OFM, Assistant Spiritual General, it has been held the 2nd  National Chapter of the Emergeing fraternity OF of Latvia

Elected ( from the left on the picture ) :

Mara Zakee ,  Marika Skele, Silvita Kravale, Gundega Zake-Cimza ( President and International  Councillor ) , Dace Biltaure e Kaspars Avots



The Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) whose members are called to live a vocation of charity, a vocation of faithfully following the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, includes among its stages, initial formation -- the time after admission to the Order and before profession. This time is intended to deepen the maturation of the vocation, to enhance the experience of evangelical life in fraternity and to gain a better knowledge of the Order (Art.40 GGCC).